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Starting in fall 2011, the University of Minnesota launched Strengths at the U: Building a Strengths-Based Undergraduate Experience. As a part of this initiative, every incoming first-year student has been invited to take the StrengthsFinder assessment and engage in interactions that provide opportunities to learn about and apply their strengths. Grounded in psychological theory, literature, and research, a strengths approach starts with an individual’s positive characteristics and helps them to develop to their full potential in areas including academics, career, leadership, relationships, and engagement. We believe that the more students have an understanding of their personal style, motivation and unique talents, the more they will be able to maximize their educational experience at the University of Minnesota.
Since 2011, the Strengths Research and Assessment Committee has engaged in formal efforts to assess the impact of strengths-based interactions and activities on students who engage in them. Our goals are to measure students' engagement with strengths interactions and activities and their beliefs about the impact of these experiences. We invite you to learn more about Strengths at the U strengths website and review additional strengths reports highlighting the results of our assessment projects.
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