Strengths at the College

Strengths GraphicThis Strengths Initiative strives to help students, faculty and staff discover and use their natural talents through the Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment.

The mission of the Strengths at the College initiative is to create a campus culture focused on strengths that allows community members to intentionally explore, develop, and apply their talents to promote improved levels of hope, engagement and well-being.

Building on 50 years of research on human strengths and over two million interviews with top leaders, Gallup identified 34 of the most common themes of talent and developed the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment to help people identify and develop their strengths.  

Over 25 million people worldwide have discovered their natural talents.  Over 600 colleges and universities have introduced the CliftonStrengths assessment to their schools and encouraged their community to explore, develop and apply their talents.

Since 2017, over 6,000 members of the College of Charleston community have been trained to understand their top 5 talent themes.   This has been accomplished through departmental retreats, faculty professional learning clubs, workshops for student organizations, class presentations, and infusion of the CliftonStrengths assessment into the First Year Experience program.  

To continue this effort, we offered a Strengths Institute in a hybrid format in August 2021, virtually in August 2020, and in person in August 2019.  This highly interactive workshop was designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop a foundation to better understand and apply individual strengths as well as learn strategies for implementing strengths into instruction and interactions with students.

Visit the Strengths Institute webpage for additional information.

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