Strategy 1: Essential Skills
To succeed in an ever-changing, interconnected future,
more than ever, students need to develop and learn
to apply discipline-crossing essential skills, such as
agility, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical
thinking, and leadership. As emphasized in findings
from the National Academies of Sciences, the future
will require educational opportunities that “increasingly
emphasize creativity, adaptability, and interpersonal skills”
to offer students the fullest opportunity to pursue their
professional and personal ambitions in a dynamic world,
throughout a lifetime.
At UGA, Student Affairs provides students with wideranging
learning opportunities and coaching beyond the
space of the classroom.
With this plan, Student Affairs aims to build on those
time-tested strengths. In sharpening and sequencing
existing programming and creating new opportunities
for student skill development and experiential learning,
Student Affairs can ensure even more students find
meaningful, practical experiences to build and test critical
skills outside the classroom, receive personal guidance
and support, and graduate ready to articulate and
demonstrate their skills in any setting.
Student Affairs-wide Essential Skill Development and Experiential Learning
With this plan, Student Affairs will launch an initiative to:
Join in University-wide efforts to increase student awareness and focus on essential skill development
Enhance the availability and effectiveness of student coaching
Grow new and improve existing skill development and experiential learning opportunities across Student Affairs
Develop new sequences of programming to lead students to higher levels of skill development
Provide a new technology solution to help students track and articulate essential skill development
Develop and implement a new Student Affairs curriculum
Dedicate Student Affairs staff to student skill development, including liaisons within each Student Affairs area
Strategy 1 : Essential Skills
Measures of Success for Strategy 1
Some ways that Student Affairs will measure success of this strategy include continued gains in:
View the Essential Skills KPIs
Students participating in and the availability of essential skills programming and sequenced programming through Student Affairs
Students participating in and the availability of University transcript-eligible Experiential Learning opportunities through Student Affairs
Students participating in essential skills coaching
Student scores from an identified assessment of skills acquisition
Scores from an identified assessment of recent UGA graduates related to essential skills
Strategy 1: Essential Skills
How it Happens
On behalf of the Vice President, Assistant to the Vice President for Learning Strategy Kara Fresk is leading this initiative, working with directors and staff across Student Affairs, the University Experiential Learning office, and many others to ensure that even more students find meaningful, practical experiences to build and test critical skills outside the classroom, receive personal guidance and support, and graduate ready to articulate and demonstrate their skills in any setting.
As the initiative develops, each department in Student Affairs will dedicate a student skill development liaison, who will be trained and work directly with Kara and colleagues. Additionally, dedicated student coaches will be added to the team to work with students across Student Affairs programs. These coaching positions will come either from future refocus of existing roles or vacant positions, and report through Kara, as Assistant to the VP.
This initiative will also include a critical review, update, and sequencing of Student Affairs programming to maximize opportunities for essential skill development and connection to the University’s Experiential Learning initiative.
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