STOGoals: Intentional and Holistic Self-development

Students will nurture and connect their intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and emotional gifts.

For example, students will be able to:

  • Describe accurately their personal strengths, limitations, skills, interests, and values
  • Make good decisions about their health, safety, and relationships, and their resources of time, talent, and money
  • Persist, adapt, and grow when experiencing a challenge, disappointment, or failure
  • Reflect on, discuss, and develop informed convictions about faith, ethics, and values
  • Speak and act in ways that respect others and build community
  • Venture with confidence into new intellectual, creative, and social realms

Students can develop these abilities through experiences such as:

  • Completing a General Education course in Studies in Physical Movement or OLE Core courses in The Active Body or Religion, Faith, and Values.
  • Conferring with a faculty advisor, a dean of students, or a staff member in choosing courses, programs, or co-curricular activities
  • Working with the Center for Advising and Academic Support to enhance learning and study strategies
  • Participating actively in a student organization
  • Being a Junior Counselor, Resident Assistant, Senior Hall Coordinator, or Building Assistant
  • Participating in study abroad/study away
  • Visiting the Wellness Center or the Counseling Center

For more information about student learning outcomes, visit the pages below:

Student survey data

Assessment Committee website


of alumni agree that non-classroom faculty interactions contributed to their personal growth, values, and attitudes. (2021 HEDS Alumni data)


of seniors believe that opportunities to be involved socially are substantially provided (2021 NSSE Survey data)