We believe every student at the University of Minnesota has the potential to do well. We know they can succeed. Our job is to help them identify their talents, develop those talents into strengths, and direct those strengths towards activities and experiences that will help them succeed.
Grounded in psychological theory, literature, and research, a strengths approach starts with an individual’s positive characteristics and helps them to develop to their full potential in areas including academics, career, leadership, relationships, and engagement. We believe that the more students have an understanding of their personal style, motivation and unique talents, the more they will be able to maximize their educational experience at the University of Minnesota.
By weaving a strengths-based approach into your work with students you can contribute to student success by:
- Increasing students’ self-awareness and their understanding and appreciation of others
- Developing students to their full potential in areas including academics, career, leadership, relationships, and engagement
- Creating a common language across campus that contributes to a sense of community
- Increasing students’ overall confidence, engagement and sense of responsibility in pursuing their undergraduate goals
- Advancing student achievement of the Student Learning and Development Outcomes
- Positively impacting retention, graduation, and satisfaction.