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Be Better at Iowa: new initiative helps students identify their strengths

Be Better at Iowa: new initiative helps students identify their strengths

After more than a year of planning, the Be Better initiative officially launched this summer. The purpose of Be Better is to help University of Iowa undergraduate students leverage their Strengths, leadership knowledge, and leadership skills to contribute to their communities now and in the future. 

Through the use of the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment and Student Leadership Competencies, Be Better will help students:

  • better articulate what they learn from classes, their major(s), and co-curricular experiences
  • practice transferring learning across contexts
  • gain self-awareness and reflect on their learning
  • develop and improve the knowledge and skills employers are seeking from new and recent graduates

Guiding framework
The Be Better @ Iowa initiative helps students utilize strengths and develop key skills through the following development opportunities: Orientation, Advising, Coursework, Residence Halls, Student Orgs, Student Employment, and Student Leadership. Outcomes of this initiative include students learning key skills and gaining self-awareness. Key skills include: Writing, Analysis, Group Development, Collaboration, Diversity, Goals, Self Development, Ethics, Problem Solving, Productive Relationships, and Verbal Communication. Students become more self-aware by reflecting on their learning, articulating their learning, and transferring their learning.

“Be Better provides a blueprint for student success, clearly marking pathways to support students in their journey as leaders,” said Paul Mintner, assistant director for Leadership & Service Programs in the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership and chair of the Be Better initiative. “It will provide students the tools they need to meet the challenge and succeed while at the University of Iowa and beyond.”

Watch this video to hear students talk about their Strengths:

Students begin their Be Better journey by taking the StrengthsFinder assessment, which helps them understand the strengths they bring to their University of Iowa education. Students can then develop their strengths and talents through participating in various academic courses and co-curricular experiences aligned with eleven student leadership competencies directly linked to outcomes faculty, staff, students, and future employers say matter.

To learn more about Be Better, visit their website.


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