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

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:

  • Accessing referrals for specialty medical care (Health Service)
  • Accommodation review meeting (ANU)
  • Administrative and Hearing Panel meetings and outcomes
  • Allergy Clinic counseling
  • Alumni Mock Interview Program
  • Brief Alcohol/Drug Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
  • CAPS clinical services and outreach programs
  • Career Ambassadors & Graduate Interns
  • Career assessments (MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Career Treks
  • Concussion Education
  • Emotional Intelligence Class (CAPS with McCormick)
  • Firesides in residential facilities
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Council Transition Retreat
  • Fraternity/Sorority councils and chapters
  • Greek Leadership Retreat
  • Heritage month celebrations
  • Inclusion Task Force
  • Individual advising & counseling appointments (NCA)
  • Individualized academic coaching meetings (ANU)
  • Job/grad school accommodation guidance (ANU)
  • Medical leave and reinstatement process
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) training
  • Mock Interviews
  • Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT)
  • On-going case management in SASS
  • Peer Advisor Leadership Training Course
  • Pharmacy prescription counseling
  • Pre-service Orientation
  • RA Affinity Group for staff of color
  • RCB New Officer Training
  • Real Talk: LGBTQIA Educational Workshop
  • Red Watch Band training and facilitator training
  • Resident Assistant training
  • Service & Slices community engagement program
  • Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE) presentations and facilitator training
  • Spiritual care (Religious & Spiritual Life)
  • Spiritual initiatives (Religious & Spiritual Life)
  • Stress Management Clinic
  • Student leader interview processes (NSFP)
  • Student leadership trainings
  • Sustained Dialogue
  • Theater pre-production process
  • This We Believe initiative
  • True Northwestern Dialogues
  • Wellness and Performance Enhancement Workshops
  • Wildcat Welcome Program
  • Wildcats Advancing Total Campus Wellness (WATCH) training
  • Women in Leadership program