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Benefits and Uses

Benefits and Uses for the Students

  • Enables students to organize experiences and document accomplishments.
  • Assists students with targeting specific skill areas and competencies thereby focusing on goal setting and attainment.
  • Helps students connect with Misericordia University by involving them in a unique learning forum.
  • Assists students in communicating their campus involvement during advising sessions.
  • Assists students with college and university applications, internship and employment interview preparation, resume development, and job search strategies.
  • Increases students’ proactive educational planning, self-awareness, and confidence to support decision making/goal setting.
  • Helps students communicate and effectively articulate their college experiences to potential employers and/or graduate/professional schools.
  • Helps students develop personal contacts with professional staff from student affairs and across campus who would be of assistance to them in choosing areas of involvement which meet personal and career goals.

Benefits and Uses for Colleges and Universities

  • Allows prospective colleges and universities to view different aspects of a student’s ability.
  • Provides colleges and universities with information complementing a student’s academic transcript and resume.
  • Presents colleges and universities with an understanding of the technology available to students and allows students to demonstrate their technological skills by creating and designing their own unique SLT.

Benefits and Uses for University Advisors, Faculty & Staff

  • Serves as a recruitment and retention tool.
  • Enhances accessibility to self-reported student information regarding a wide range of co-curricular and life experiences that may be helpful in providing and improving student services and assistance.
  • Documents student competencies for accreditation and outcome assessments.
  • Provides advisors, faculty, and staff with information that can assist in fostering student development, decision making and retention to graduation.

Utilizing SLT in Academic Advising

  • View the SLT on the web during advising sessions to facilitate rapport building and an interactive communication process.
  • Help students assess and develop connections between academic and co-curricular learning opportunities. Refer to campus and community resources as necessary. Encourage goal setting and planning strategies. Provide for follow-up contact to assess progress.
  • Ask students how they might gain experiences in "weaker" dimensions of their co-curricular campus involvement. Provide suggestions and referrals as necessary.

Utilizing Portfolios in Leadership Development

  • Staff may wish to request to review a SLT in order to provide assistance by developing a more holistic understanding of the student. University staff advocating for individual students in a variety of specialized ways may benefit from the scope of information that a student can present in a SLT.
  • Encourage students to see the "process" involved in completing their college education. The building blocks of a college degree and related career preparation are comprised not only of individual courses but selected life experiences initiated by the student.
  • School staff are encouraged to provide feedback to students regarding both the content and written quality of their SLT.