How might our students’ educational experiences change if we invite them to approach college as a story they are building?
Stories have narrators, themes, scenes, and chapters. They have moments of struggle and transformation. Stories move beyond chronological reporting by communicating connections and deeper significance.
Instead of focusing on a degree box, we believe that students will experience their education with more purpose and ownership if they are actively building their story during their time at Boise State.
We help students build their story by:
- Embedding reflection. We believe that reflection should be integrated into all courses, programs, campus jobs, and experiential learning so that students are analyzing meaning and connecting experiences throughout their college experience.
- Naming specific skills. We believe that students should receive consistent support in naming the specific skills they gain in their courses and through experiential learning.
- Focusing on student experience. We believe that in order to support students in building their story, faculty should rethink the design and delivery of courses, programs, and degrees in ways that focus more directly on the student experience.