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.
- 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
“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.