Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education
Current research demonstrates a tangible link between student Emotional Intelligence scores and likelihood to succeed in Higher Education. Many prominent colleges and universities in the US use emotional intelligence assessments to develop student potential and increase retention. A wide body of research shows that through Emotional Intelligence screening and coaching, student success can be improved and drop-out rates curtailed.
Why is EI important within the higher education environment?
Former UCLA administrator Chip Anderson noted, “more students leave college because of disillusionment, discouragement, or reduced motivation than because of lack of ability or dismissal by school administration.” The use of Emotional Intelligence to aid the student development process can address these non-academic challenges. Fostering Emotional Intelligence can assist students in adapting to the environmental demands and pressures of the higher education environment. Investing in the emotional development of students also impacts leadership effectiveness, both on campus and in the future. Finally, emotional competency development benefits the career development process, promoting a successful transition from higher education into the workplace.