How does greater student involvement lead to greater student success?
3/17/2015 12:00 AM ,
Ever struggled to answer the question, “What do you do?”
In the world of student affairs, the answer to this seemingly simple question usually gets lost in acronyms and lengthy titles. What makes explaining your work even more difficult is the fact that many of us have lost sight of the true value of a college education.
Many students, parents, and even some educators assume that the ultimate goal of college is to study hard, get good grades, and earn a degree in order to land a reliable job.
The problem is that as more and more people earn a degree, it becomes less and less valuable to have a degree. While the higher education industry has barely changed over the last 400 years, the career environment has transformed dramatically in the past five years alone! In today’s competitive world, employers are looking for something more than just a degree.
Employers are looking for applicants who have answers to the questions: Why are you here? What is your deeper purpose? What are you going to give back to the world?
As a student affairs professional, you know that these answers don’t always come from sitting in a classroom or listening to a lecture—they are found through personal development opportunities.
Unfortunately, our research finds that up to 90% of students never truly get involved on campus. They don’t show up to events. They don’t join organizations. They don’t become leaders. They hang out in their rooms texting their roommates. Worse yet, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only one in every three college students will graduate in four years as they are told is supposed to happen.
That’s why Collegiate Empowerment has teamed up with The Student Leadership Challenge to create The Student Leadership Challenge Experience, the seminar for students that brings the model to life.
We believe that leadership development is necessary for personal development and the first step in helping students clarify a bigger vision for themselves and the impact they will make in the world.
Over the past 20 years, we at Collegiate Empowerment have become students of the college psyche and have developed a proven path which helps college students get what they truly want and need from their collegiate experience. We have developed an approach to sharing information that resonates with students and makes them show up.
Our approach has four steps: information, association, inspiration, and application. Each step builds on the last to take participants deeper into The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® to see how the practices turn up in their daily lives.
Here’s how it works:
The first step is to provide information: By leveraging the time-tested content of The Student Leadership Challenge, we’re able to help students frame leadership in a new context. Then we guide them in associating The Five Practices with where they are in their own personal and leadership development currently. We make the content relevant to their daily lives by connecting it with leaders they recognize, such as athletes, musicians, politicians, and students like themselves. By encouraging students to clarify their own visions we inspire them to take action and apply these practices in class, with friends, on campus, and throughout their greater community. All this is presented in a fun style by young, energetic facilitators.
By combining The Five Practices outlined in The Student Leadership Challenge with the Collegiate Empowerment approach, we’re able to meet students where they’re at and guide them through a meaningful conversation that illuminates their own personal best leadership experience as well as insights into the bigger questions of who they are and what impact they will make.
Becoming a better leader helps students to be fully engaged, which increases involvement in outside-the-classroom activities. Research has even shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities 15–20 hours a week tend to have higher GPAs than students who are uninvolved or over-involved. A greater level of involvement helps students take their higher education deeper. With a rich collegiate experience a student is more likely to be successful in all their future endeavors.It’s EXCITING news for you, for the community, and for your campus! Find out more about The Student Leadership Challenge Experience and visit Collegiate Empowerment’s website to learn more about highly engaging leadership seminars for college students.
Collegiate Empowerment is home to a series of national best-selling seminars perfect for student leadership development, part of our 120+ hour curriculum of What Every College Student Needs To Know. Since 1995, we have empowered over 1.8 million students and 35,000 professionals from 2,800 campuses. All of our productions are designed, customized, and facilitated by our high-energy, relatable, and ever-growing team of facilitators! We are here to make your job easier and to help you look like a hero (to your supervisors and students).
As a certified facilitator with Collegiate Empowerment, Christina Lohman has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 college students and professionals across the country. A leadership and personal development junkie herself, she is committed to showing others the best within themselves. By challenging the perceptions they currently hold about who they are and their ability to make a lasting impact, Christina’s audiences leave with clarity and confidence in their higher purpose.
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