Strengths Initiative

The StrengthsFinder© Assessment was rolled out to incoming freshmen and selected student leader groups in Fall 2012 with a completion rate of more than 1,300 students. In Fall 2013, the assessment will again be rolled out to incoming freshmen and selected student leader groups, as well as the transfer students who are enrolled in GTW 103. This assessment helps students identify their top 5 natural talents, which can then be utilized to provide guidance and support

By strategically working with campus stakeholders to more fully integrate the StrengthsQuest© curriculum into The University of Tampa’s culture, the Office of Student Success hopes developing a “Strengths Culture” on campus will:

  • Increase students’ self-awareness, confidence and psychological well-being
  • Provide students with a common language and experience that will help normalize help-seeking behaviors
  • Help students engage in meaningful relationships with diverse others on campus including their peers, staff and faculty
  • Provide students with the experiential opportunities necessary to help them turn their talents into strengths so they can be leveraged for academic, career and personal success
  • Encourage students to apply this knowledge to help them successfully navigate their academic pursuits – including choosing a major, selecting classes, working productively in teams and using the most effective study techniques
  • Ultimately lead students to have increased academic success, campus engagement and a greater chance of persistence and graduation.

Faculty who are interested in becoming trained facilitators should notify Lorie Kittendorf, director of Student Success, to be added to the communication list. Student groups will continue to be added to the targeted student population each year, but anyone can complete the assessment at any time on their own at for $10. Strengths workshops are open to all students.