Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR)

STLR Student Transformative Learning Record

In nationwide surveys, employers state that new college graduates are missing certain skills beyond technical competence. UCO is now recording students’ growth in these areas through a Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR). Students can share evidence of their transformative growth, happening both inside and outside the classroom, with potential employers and graduate schools. We seek donations from corporations and individuals to continue to provide these transformative experiences to UCO students. Here is why your gift can make a difference in students’ lives:

  • STLR, launched in 2014, is the first effort of its kind to track, assess, and record highly sought "soft skills" gathered both inside and outside the classroom;
  • STLR is being adopted and adapted by other universities in the United States and in other countries;
  • UCO students’ engagement with STLR is correlated with higher GPAs, persistence at college, and graduate rates.

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What is STLR?

The Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) acts like a second transcript. An academic transcript records students’ proficiencies in their field of study, also called their Discipline Knowledge. STLR records their growth across the five other tenets that UCO believes are most important for graduating students:

  • Global & Cultural Competencies
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Research, Creative & Scholarly Activities
  • Service Learning & Civic Engagement

Faculty and staff intentionally create experiences that expand students’ perspectives of their relationships to self, others, their communities and their environments. These experiences could be course assignments, campus events, or paid, independent student projects. Then, supervisors assess students’ assignments or reflection papers to rank their level of transformation in one of the tenets listed above.

STLR displays these achievements on a web-based student dashboard, so that students can keep track of their growth at any time while attending UCO. From here, students can choose which experiences to push to their ePortfolios. These ePortfolios are self-built, online presentations, like a webpage, where they highlight their supervisor-certified transformations. The web address to these presentations can then be shared with potential employers, graduate schools, scholarship committees, and others so that UCO applicants have a competitive advantage.

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