Personal and Professional Development

The Personal and Professional Development program provides educational experiences that enhance the student learning experience within traditional academic subjects, grounded in a view of learning that includes and is inextricably intertwined with intrapersonal competence, interpersonal competence, psychosocial development and practical competence in all dimensions of life. Our courses are intended to help students link their classroom/studio experiences with their everyday emotional, intellectual and physical experiences.

Various studies over the past two decades have convinced us that there is a need for a seamless relationship between in- and out-of-class experiences for students, one that develops their complex cognitive skills. Self-reflective, critical thinking, practical decision making, and conflict resolution skills are a necessary complement to self-esteem, an appreciation for difference, personal integrity, and civic responsibility. Woodbury’s own focus on “the integrated student” supports this philosophy, with its argument that “what one will do as a professional is an outgrowth of what one will become as a person” (taken from the Woodbury University Six Principles).

The Mission of the Personal and Professional Development curriculum is to integrate personal and professional development into a student’s academic experience in order to educate the whole student.

The Learning Outcomes of the Personal and Professional Development curriculum is based on the characteristics of a college educated person outlined in The Student Learning Imperative, by Baxter Magolda (1999), who identified specific dimensions of learning that fall within this framework:

  1. Interpersonal and intrapersonal competence means recognizing and defining oneself as unique, evolving, and self-directed and interacting effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups;
  2. Practical competence refers to the skills needed to be an effective student, professional, and citizen; and
  3. Persistence and academic achievement refers to acquiring the skills and motivation necessary to pursue and achieve academic goals.

For mow information about the Personal and Professional Development program contact Dr. Phyllis Cremer, Vice President of Student Development,
at phyllis.cremer@woodbury.edu