Student Engagement Innovation
Positive Student Development
Engaging new perspectivesThis emerging student development framework utilizes positive psychological research to augment existing student development theoretical frameworks. Character strengths such as curiosity, hope, and zest serve as the foundation for a novel perspective on student engagement. The Commons blog contains important information, relevant research, and recent presentations regarding the development of both thriving and positive engagement.
Strengths-oriented leadership is a perspective that emphasis the development of one’s natural giftedness and the deep understanding of the viewpoints of others. The Commons seeks to enrich the use of a strengths approach in the education of tomorrow’s leaders by engaging an ongoing conversation regarding the strategic implementation of this perspective. Practical resources, emerging research briefs, and innovative presentation guides will supplement the exchange.
From Our Blog
Developing the ability to create innovative ideas and produce game changing programs, classes, and services, should be on the top of everyone’s must-do list this summer. As I wrote in part one of this series, embracing uncertainty is essential for stirring innovative ideas and preparing for the...Read more
Risk taking is at the heart of the game changing innovation that is desperately needed in the co- curricular aspect of higher education. However, taking risks is a challenging adventure that requires we live with uncertainty. Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt...Read more
Today’s college students face a future that it is difficult to imagine. Yet, college is not simply preparing them to be good students now, but also to be influential, global citizens of a world filled with significant challenges and opportunities. The question arises: What characteristics...Read more
As the strengths movement swept the country, colleges and universities struggled to determine the best way to make their strengths-based approach to college student development successful. After working in the strengths movement for the last 15 years (yes, I am both an original user and...Read more