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Gallup research has shown that engaging students in what they are interested in and where they excel will lead to the outcomes of better academic performance, higher test scores, and ultimately students’ ability to reach their full potential. Based on this research, Gallup has developed strengths-based assessments to help students identify and capitalize on their strengths. Faculty use the StrengthsFinder to support student learning in First Year Experience (FYE) courses. This course is designed for a wide array of higher education personnel including people at the beginning of their career to seasoned professionals.
One month course; Veronica E. Rodriguez and Jennifer Selke, instructors
Unit 1
How Strength-based Education Improves Academic and Career Success in College Students
  • Learn about talents, strengths, and Themes and Strengths-Based Education
  • Review research on engagement and discuss ways that strengths-based development can drive engagement and create a culture that supports high well-being among staff, faculty, and students
  • Discuss key performance indicators (KPIs) in higher education and how they aid in retention
  • Learn what key factors drive grades, retention, and future employment -- and they account for nearly one-third of the variance in student success.
  • Discover your top 5 strengths when you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder™
Unit 2
Understand The Power of Your Strengths and Your Unique Profile
  • Learn about the Themes on your Theme Sequence report and how you use them in the your teaching or leadership style and approach to student development
  • Learn how your themes are paired to create more uniqueness in your strengths profile
  • Discuss how your manage around the basement of your themes and your lesser themes to be successful
  • Gain awareness and appreciation of your talents and strengths and how to apply them to become an effective strengths leader/advisor
Unit 3
Using StrengthsQuest with Students
  • Discuss applications for StrengthsFinder™ and StrengthsQuest™ curriculum with students in higher education
  • Discover how StrengthsQuest™ can be used in the classroom, student activities, academic advising, career services, residence life, etc.
  • Learn strengths-based development activities that you can use with students alongside the StrengthsQuest™ assessment
  • Help students maximize their individual talents to create the greatest potential for individual achievement
Unit 4
Working Together, Strengths in Groups and Teams
  • Learn how to use StrengthsQuest™ to support student organizations and work groups
  • Discover how to use Team Talent Mapping and other group activities you can do
  • Learn how to develop a team dynamic that welcomes, values, and leverages each members' talents.
  • Discuss strategies and possible barriers to implementing a strengths-based approach in your classroom, organization, or campus
  • Discuss how schools, colleges, and universities across North America have taken StrengthsQuest™ and integrated it into their student learning, programming, and culture
  • Create an individual development plan and timeline for implementation that applies your talents toward specific objectives

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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$245 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructors
Veronica E. Rodriguez is Director of Student Leadership Development at Northeastern Illinois University. She has worked with leadership development and student activities for over ten years at various urban based universities.  For twelve years she was on the national board for the Gamma Phi Omega Sorority International Sorority. Veronica has been using StrengthsQuest with students in higher education for over five years.
Dr. Jennifer H. Selke is trained as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach to augment a 22-year career translating raw talent into usable, compensable skills. She challenges employees to identify their natural talents and apply them effectively; and she prompts employers to critically examine corporate culture and workplace dynamics to support the long-term health of the business. Her emphasis is always on exploration and analysis. 
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the psychology and principles of strengths-based education
  • Review research on engagement and discuss ways that strengths-based development can drive engagement and create a culture that supports high well being among staff, faculty, and students
  • Explore your talents -- your unique and recurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior -- and learn how they contribute to your teaching or leadership style and approach to student development
  • Discover how Clifton StrengthsFinder™ and the StrengthsQuest™ curriculum can be used in the classroom, student activities, academic advising, career services, residence life, etc. Learn strengths-based development activities and how you can use the StrengthsFinder™ with individual students as well as organizations and groups
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will:
  • Understand strengths-based development and how it determines student success
  • Know your unique dominant, supporting, and lesser themes and how you use them in teaching and leadership
  • Understand what key factors student success and how to affect change in those areas in your classroom or on your campus
  • Have a set of activities to use with students to implement a StrengthsQuest curriculum
  • Know how to use StrengthsQuest to support student organizations and work groups
  • Have an action to implement a strengths-based program
Completion Requirements