TRANSFERABLE SKILLS ASSESSMENT UCONN HESA NOTE: Skill items were generated from research by Pope & Reynolds (1997), Waple (2006), Herdlein (2004), Burkhard et.al (2005). Directions: BACKGROUND STEP 1: Look at www.higheredjobs.com or www.chronicle.com at position announcements that may of interest to you. For the most interesting positions, you may be able to find specific information about preferred skills from the position announcement. If you can’t find specific information, go to the institution’s website to try to find a full position description. STEP 2: Base this step on your review of preferred job announcements and position descriptions and your reflections with faculty and prior supervisors. For each of the skills listed, please indicate in the appropriate spaces, your general level of current competence and the level of competency you desire to reach by the end of your HESA program. Use the following rating scale: 4 = high level of competency [typically found among entry-entry level professionals] 3 = moderate level of competency [typically found among graduate students] 2 = minimal experience with this skill [some exposure, but not significant] 1. = no experience with this skill Example: Current Desired competence competence SKILL 1 2 Manage physical resources Group facilitation 4 2 TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum ** STEP 3: Review your rankings and place two stars by the seven skill areas that you would most like to develop through your practicum experience. These will most likely be skills where there is a gap between current and desired competence; however, you may also chose to strengthen some areas already developed as well. MULTICULTURAL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS Current competence Desired competence SKILL TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum Recognize, articulate and advance the needs of _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __________ __________ __________ _________ __________ __________ Students of color, Women students, Students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, Students with various religious orientations Others who have historically been underserved and underrepresented. Interact effectively with diverse students. Build effective teams among students who have diverse identities Demonstrate cooperative relationships among those with different cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation identities Demonstrate awareness of my own culture, biases and cultural assumptions Apply knowledge of cultural differences to make sensitive and appropriate interventions/referrals OTHER: __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS AND DEVELOPMENT Current competence Desired competence SKILL Advise student groups Advise individual students Recognize and evaluate dynamics of student groups. Interpret and enforce university policies and regulations Apply student development theory Understand, articulate and apply demographic trends regarding students and student characteristics OTHER: TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES Current competence __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ Desired competence _________ ________ ________ ________ ________ _________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ________ __________ __________ __________ __________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ________ __________ __________ __________ _______ _________ _________ _________ _________ ______ ________ __________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __________ __________ _________ _________ SKILL Demonstrate flexibility in managing work Use creativity in addressing problems effectively Apply active listening skills Utilize effective oral communication skills with groups colleagues supervisor formal presentations students Mediate conflict Understand and apply effective assertiveness/confrontation skills Participate as a university representative on department committees, task forces, etc. Utilize effective written communication skills in memos summaries information reports program justifications training materials Effectively provide information and advice to students faculty parents University staff Other stakeholders (e.g town leaders) Understand and apply ethical precepts and critical thinking skills in Recognizing a problem or issue Identifying options Making reasonable choices Having the conviction and ability to implement choices Understand and work effectively within a campus organizational culture as it relates to “reading” the organizational culture Understanding how decisions are made Understanding collaboration patterns Understanding formal and informal leadership Understanding how power is distributed Understanding how information is shared OTHER: TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum RESEARCH STRATEGIES AND PROGRAM ASSESSMENT Current competence Desired competence SKILL TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum Use research and/or assessment results to inform administrative decisions Provide and/or participate in program evaluation Understand how program evaluation and/or assessment is created or used _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ Provide and/or participate in assessment projects, such as Student needs assessment Utilization of services Student Satisfaction Outcomes Benchmarking Campus Environment Understand appropriate resources for program evaluation and/or assessment OTHER: STUDENT LEARNING INITIATIVES Current competence Desired competence SKILL Recruit participants for programs & activities Present/facilitate programs Plan, coordinate and oversee student programming Collaborate with other departments or offices regarding programs or services Promote university programs and events through such activities as designing public relations materials, creating advertising, developing marketing strategies Instruct undergraduate courses OTHER: TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum RESOURCE UTILIZATION AND MANAGEMENT Current competence Desired competence __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ SKILL TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum Prioritize work efficiently Manage multiple tasks –multitasking Participate in staff selection Participate in staff recruitment Develop and/or maintain budget Supervise employees Understand physical resources and facilities management issues = Understand financial management issues Setting goals and/or articulating a vision Use technology effectively to complete work and communicate with others Websites Databases Develop and/or provide training for employees Pre-service On-going OTHER: HISTORY AND FOUNDATIONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Current competence Desired competence SKILL TOP seven that may be addressed in practicum Effectively apply leadership theory Understand and apply legal issues & concepts Effectively apply management theory Understand how strategic planning is used Articulate the philosophy of the department I work in OTHER: Some reflection questions to think about: 1. What are my skill strengths? 2. What skills need additional attention? 3. What might I do in a practicum site to develop the skills that are most important to me? 4. Are there additional considerations that might influence my choice of a practicum? These might include logistical considerations like location, time of day that you would be involved OR more substantive considerations like characteristics of your supervisor, quality of the office, etc. 5. What questions might I ask to learn about a. the skill development opportunities available in a practicum? b. the additional considerations?