Core Areas of Development

High AchievingResearch OrientedLeaders of TomorrowGlobal ReadyCommunity EngagedEntrepreneurial 

 High Achieving

  1. Develop analytical skills and critical thinking abilities
  2. Demonstrate self-discipline and motivation to overcome obstacles and achieve results
  3. Prioritize and balance academic work with other responsibilities and interests
  4. Engage in strategic thinking that weighs short-term and long-term (“big picture”) objectives
  5. Model a high degree of self-reliance, working effectively with autonomy
  6. Develop strategies and competencies (e.g. communication styles, etiquette and work ethic) for a successful transition from University into the working world
  7. Create professional and effective job search documents, job search skills and application packages for admission to further educational opportunities (e.g. resume, cover letter, CV, portfolio, networking, interviewing, labour market research, graduate school, professional programs and diploma programs)
  8. Understand and reflect upon the connection among outside of the classroom activities, academics and future professional goals

 Research Oriented

  1. Use learning skills to support and assist others in their learning process
  2. Develop effective learning skills such as note-taking, analytical reading, and exam preparation
  3. Demonstrate effective research skills, including identifying relevant tools and resources, synthesizing information, and interpreting data
  4. Demonstrate an interest in learning, at present and into the future (i.e., lifelong learning)
  5. Adapt personal learning approaches to a range of different learning environments
  6. Engage in self-directed learning
  7. Seek and utilize appropriate resources to hone skills and learn new approaches
  8. Identify and set meaningful goals for learning
  9. Communicate or present complex information, adjusting content and tone to meet the needs of an intended audience

 Leaders of Tomorrow

  1. Demonstrate strong goal setting and collaborative planning skills
  2. Share the responsibilities of leadership with others, and provide the support and resources required for others to succeed
  3. Adapt personal communication style for particular audiences and/or situations, including proper use of body language and non-verbal communication cues
  4. Deliver clear and engaging presentations that enhance audience understanding and participation
  5. Foster a team environment that allows for diverse opinions and works cohesively toward common goals
  6. Effectively facilitate mediation, conflict resolution and/or consensus building
  7. Foster the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes in others by providing professional development and constructive feedback
  8. Develop effective program/event planning, project management, and facilitation skills
  9. Is persuasive and clear in communication, and inspires others to take action
  10. Engage in active listening, accepting information without bias and seeking to understand different perspectives

 Global Ready

  1. Identify barriers, inequities and injustices, and develop strategies to reduce and/or remove them
  2. Understand the principles and dynamics of power and privilege, and how systems of oppression are reinforced at individual, institutional and system levels
  3. Value differences in race, gender, culture, sexual identity, religious beliefs, etc., and acknowledge how identities intersect to inform an individual’s life experiences
  4. Act in allyship with others, by way of listening, supporting, and asking how you can help
  5. Understand what it means to create a just, inclusive, and welcoming environment where differences are respected and appreciated
  6. Advocate for the inclusion of marginalized and/or disenfranchised individuals/groups
  7. Work collaboratively to support and educate others in developing intercultural competencies and anti-oppressive practices
  8. Approach issues from a global perspective, advocate for diverse viewpoints, and demonstrate a commitment to global citizenship
  9. Develop strategies for effective intercultural dialogue and exchanges
  10. Demonstrate a working knowledge of new languages

 Community Engaged

  1. Connect academic learning to community-based learning through active participation in a placement or project
  2. Think critically on the effect individual decisions have on the environment, economy, and society
  3. Research social issues, organizations, governance systems, frameworks and strategies to foster the sustainable development of communities, locally and/or abroad
  4. Participate in efforts that seek to address community challenges (e.g., volunteering/fundraising)
  5. Acknowledge and demonstrate awareness of current events, social issues and the specific needs of communities
  6. Collaborate with community organizations to identify needs, set goals, identify strategies, and implement solutions
  7. Engage in critical reflection to consider the impact of participation, identify challenges and successes, and plan for future engagement
  8. Develop strong professional skills by engaging with the community in a thoughtful and respectful manner, as a representative of the University
  9. Demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to adapt to changing environments, recognizing that community work is complex, unpredictable, and requires innovative thinking


  1. Identify personal values, beliefs, interests, needs and boundaries, and communicate them effectively
  2. Assess situations and make decisions using critical thinking and problem solving skills
  3. State commonalities and differences in learning styles, work styles, and leadership styles, as compared to others
  4. Demonstrate effective self-management skills to maintain focus on the long term success of a project
  5. Demonstrate determination and persistence when facing unanticipated challenges and/or barriers
  6. Work with flexibility and a willingness to change course, when needed
  7. Listen to others, consider diverse opinions, and use feedback to adapt project plans
  8. Understand the impact of stress on academic, personal, and professional experiences, and develop strategies to effectively reduce and/or manage stress
  9. Commit to action, even in situations where not all information is available; results-oriented
  10. Understand how individual communication and behaviour impacts others, and demonstrate the ability to modify, where appropriate
  11. Demonstrate strong customer service skills including patience, attentiveness, clear and positive communication, empathy, persuasion, product knowledge, etc., and effectively adapt these skills to reflect the needs of varying situations