Learning Domain - Personal Development

The Personal Development domain recognizes the importance of developing an integrated sense of personal identity, a positive sense of self, and a personal code of ethics.

Learning Outcome

Students who participate in Student Affairs programs, activities and services will develop an integrated sense of personal identity, a positive sense of self, and a personal code of ethics.


Identity Development

  • Explores own identity and culture (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, racial/ethnic background, socioeconomic status)
  • Integrates multiple aspects of personal identity into a coherent whole
  • Can articulate how personal identities relate to larger social constructs

Northwester University Students at Wildcat Welcome event

Positive Sense of Self

  • Explores and articulates the values and principles involved in personal decision-making
  • Incorporates ethical reasoning into action
  • Develops and articulates a personal belief system while exploring issues of purpose, meaning, and faith
  • Develops a personal code of ethics
  • Accepts personal accountability

Ethics and Integrity

  • Assesses, articulates, and acknowledges personal skills, abilities, and growth areas
  • Demonstrates adaptability, persistence, dependability, and resilience
  • Seeks and considers feedback from others
  • Employs self-reflection to gain insight
  • Acts independently, without supervision
  • Demonstrates emotional intelligence

Examples of Programs, Activities, and Services

Below are some examples of programs, activities, and services where students can learn about personal development:

  • Community Assistant training
  • This We Believe initiative
  • Student conduct
          hearing process
  • Fraternity/Sorority
          councils and chapters
  • Greek Emerging Leaders
  • iValU program
  • Inclusion Task force
  • Essential NU programs
  • Freshman Emerging Leaders
  • Accessible NU
  • Norris STARS
  • Wellness and Performance
          Enhancement Workshops
  • Firesides
  • Red Watch Band
  • Health Screenings
  • SHAPE presentations
  • Peer advisor
          selection process
  • Worship opportunities
  • Spiritual counseling
  • NUii
  • Student employment/work
          study positions
  • CAPS clinical services
          and outreach programs
  • Heritage month celebrations

Personal Development | Interpersonal Competence | Social Responsibility | Cognitive and Practical Skills