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Best Practice

A procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption.

If you have an EOC best practice to share, please send to Cyndi Harrelson at cynthia.harrelson@tridenttech.edu and we’ll put up for others to consider using in their programs.

EOC Best Practices

Submitted by Kathy Bryant, University of Kansas Educational Opportunity Center

There are two documents I print off back to back on BRIGHT NEON paper so they will stand out, and to save costs on color printing. 

They have a dual purpose:

  1. Information to help participants create their FSA ID.  We use them when we have an FSA ID workshop.
  2. The reverse side lets students know when and where they can receive FAFSA Assistance, and what to bring.

We can use them during a presentation and/or leave them with program partners to give to possible participants.

Submitted by Kristina Wagner, Minnesota Educational Opportunity Center

The Minnesota Educational Opportunity Center Staff favor the International Coach Federation philosophy on coaching which advocates, “Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole”.  Through a coaching process, EOC clients increase their awareness, broaden their thinking, shift their perspectives, and generate solutions for favorable academic and career outcomes. Coaching benefits people in all areas of their lives, empowering them to handle daily challenges and advance their own success.

The Minnesota Educational Opportunity Center Staff use The Clifton Strengthsfinder, an online assessment designed to help people identify, understand, and leverage their strengths for personal empowerment.  EOC staff are qualified Gallup Strengths Coaches and continue to develop their talents through ongoing seminars, the Strengths Summit, and through a college wide strengths group with a SharePoint site to share best practices, workshop materials, articles, and more.

EOC participants receive a report showing their top-five most dominant talent themes, from a total of 34 possible talent themes. Staff developed workshop guides to help students identify career paths that will make use of their natural talents. The Strengthsfinder raises self-awareness in our students, which in turn enables them to make thoughtful choices. Additionally, when students can name their strengths, they increase their chances of finding opportunities for success.