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How Colleges Can Develop Students’ Personal Competencies

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How Colleges Can Develop Students’ Personal Competencies

Many students enter postsecondary education lacking the personal skills and knowledge they need to achieve their education and career goals. A new guide provides strategies for postsecondary professionals to improve student success.

Many students, including students with disabilities, enter postsecondary education lacking the personal skills, knowledge, and attributes they need to achieve their education and career goals. To increase student retention, completion, and career readiness, postsecondary institutions need to include youth development and leadership opportunities that help students build personal competencies.

The IEL-led National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth released Personal Competencies for College and Career Success: What Colleges Can Do, a guide that provides suggestions about strategies postsecondary professionals can use to assist all students, including those with disabilities, to develop personal competencies that will increase their chances of success. Some of these strategies include engaging students in personalized reflection, working with students on individualized career and academic planning, offering mentoring and peer-to-peer support, connecting students to work experiences, and more.

Read more and download the guide.