How to Help Students Thrive Using StrengthsQuest®.
From examples of best practice schools to pertinent research and effective activities, learn why and how to improve the student experience using CliftonStrengths.
University of Missouri
The University of Missouri has been using StrengthsQuest for 10 years, starting with a few hundred people taking the CliftonStrengths assessment in a career exploration class in 2006. Today, between 4,500 and 5,000 students, faculty and staff use StrengthsQuest every year.Learn More
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Every fall, first-year students in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln identify their strengths, participate in group activities and learn from guest speakers who explain how their strengths help them in their respective fields.Learn More
University of Iowa
Incoming University of Iowa students to the class of 2020 have taken the CliftonStrengths assessment as part of a new initiative called Be Better@Iowa. According to the school, the initiative "will position the UI as the university that creates leaders who leverage their strengths, leadership knowledge, and leadership skills to contribute to their communities now and in the future."Learn More
University of Colorado
"Now, every year, 6,000 new students will learn their strengths and how to use them productively to improve well-being and engagement. And 1,000 staff and faculty members in the region -- at CU-Boulder and other campuses -- are involved in learning about strengths."Learn More
Kansas State University
"In an effort to increase the retention, engagement, and overall well-being of its students, Kansas State University has partnered with Gallup to become a strengths-based campus."Learn More
University of Chicago
"The use of [StrengthsQuest] will allow us to begin meeting our goals of providing skill development to the graduate and undergraduate community by empowering our students to invest in their personal success through their engagement with the University of Chicago."Learn More
George Mason University Well-Being University Initiative
George Mason adopted a new strategic plan to become the first certified Well-Being University in the world.Learn More
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
"The integration of StrengthsQuest within the curriculum at KVCC has given students the resources for strengths-based personal development, which they can incorporate into their education and future careers."Learn More
"Towson University has collaborated with Gallup to provide TU students an opportunity to learn about their strengths and how they can enhance their personal and academic aspirations."Learn More
West Texas A&M
"'Our overall mission at WT is to help students be successful, not only as students, but beyond that when they enter the work force,' said Mike Knox, President for Student Affairs."Learn More
The George Washington University School of Business
"The school began using StrengthsQuest as part of its first-year experience program in 2006. Students meet once a week for 50 minutes and are taught by an undergraduate student mentor and a professional staff member."Learn more
Weber State University
"Initially, we tried to grow among the staff and with the faculty and human resources. But the [growth] really happened when the students started getting involved. They really fell in love with this philosophy -- heart and soul."Learn more
Integrating Strength-Based Education Into a First-Year Experience Curriculum
This article describes an initiative that integrated a strengths-base curriculum into a first-year experience program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.Learn More
UNCG Researchers: Knowing Strengths Spurs Success
"'The spread of this program has happened organically because people are starting to recognize that it's positive and it works,' Taylor said. 'Our goal is to give students, faculty and staff a way to identify their strengths and productively apply them.'"Learn More
Capitalizing on Personal Strengths in College
Data indicate that college students who are the best of the best at using their strengths use sustained social supports and build on successful experiences that give them the confidence to apply their strengths in new situations.Learn More
How to Redeem Your StrengthsQuest® Access Code
Instructions for using an access code to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and unlock your results and other resources.
All 34 CliftonStrengths™ Theme Descriptions
Definitions and videos describing all 34 of the CliftonStrengths themes.
Getting the Most Out of Your CliftonStrengths™ Report
Use this worksheet to further your understanding of your assessment results.
Picture of Excellence
Use this worksheet to understand CliftonStrengths through the lens of excellence.
Use this worksheet to understand how talents, skills and knowledge coalesce to create strengths.
Your Role and Your Signature Themes
Use this worksheet to effectively fulfill the requirements of your role by doing what you naturally do best.
Use this worksheet to further your understanding of CliftonStrengths that don't appear in your own Signature Themes.
My Strengths and How I Use Them
Use this worksheet to consider how your Signature Themes empower you to succeed.
Five Clues to Talent
Use this worksheet to consider how your natural interests and abilities can help you better understand your talents.
CliftonStrengths™ Theme Quick Reference Card
Read the short definitions of each of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes.
Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report
Examine the link between key college experiences and positive alumni outcomes, based on interviews with more than 30,000 graduates.Download
Gallup-Purdue Index 2014 Report
The inaugural report featuring groundbreaking research on the degree to which graduates have great jobs and lead great lives.Download
The Clifton StrengthsFinder® and Student Development
A summary and critique of existing strengths-based educational research using the Clifton StrengthsFinder.Download
Technical Report on the Clifton StrengthsFinder® With College Students
Report on the reliability, validity, and use of the Clifton StrengthsFinder instrument.Download
2015 Strengths Meta-Analysis
Based on a study of more than 1 million individuals and almost 50,000 business units, this report demonstrates the powerful connections between strengths development and business performance.Download
Clifton StrengthsFinder® 2.0 Technical Report -- 2014 Update
A summary of reliability and validity evidence gathered to date, as well as the primary application of the Clifton StrengthsFinder as the evaluation that initiates a strengths-based development process in work and academic settings.Download
Clifton StrengthsFinder® 2.0 Technical Report -- 2013 Update
The 2013 summary of reliability and validity evidence gathered to date, as well as the primary application of the Clifton StrengthsFinder as the evaluation that initiates a strengths-based development process in work and academic settings.Download
Clifton StrengthsFinder® 2.0 Technical Report -- 2009 Update
The 2009 summary of reliability and validity evidence gathered to date, as well as the primary application of the Clifton StrengthsFinder as the evaluation that initiates a strengths-based development process in work and academic settings.Download
Strengths-Based Development in Practice
Explore decades of strengths research and theory, including the relationships between strengths-based development and employee engagement, hope, well-being and confidence.Download
StrengthsQuest® Implementation Guide
Learn about current and future StrengthsQuest programs, the framework for strengths-based programs, as well as highlights of successful strengths initiatives and best practices on college campuses throughout the United States.Read
StrengthsQuest® Guide Book
An introduction to strengths-based development and StrengthsQuest for higher education leaders.Read
Developing Students to Be Their Best
How leaders can create an environment that fosters their colleagues and students to also effectively discover, develop and apply their strengths.Read
Positive Psychology and Higher Education
For educators who grapple with enhancing the knowledge, talent and contributions of their students while engaging students from freshman year to graduation.Read
The Real Data Revolution in Higher Education
"There's a coming data revolution in higher education, but it's not the 'big data' revolution that many have been hyping. This revolution will be more about the right data than bigger data."Read at Gallup.com
The Two Most Important Questions for Graduates
When it comes to advice for recent college graduates, Gallup research offers some very powerful and clear guidance.Read at Gallup.com
Strengths-Based Employee Development: The Business Results
"For organizations seeking to improve performance on crucial business outcomes, strengths-based development is a proven solution. To boost their business, leaders need to start developing people based on what is right with them."Read at Gallup.com
Employees Who Use Their Strengths Outperform Those Who Don't
This is why it's worth it -- even in the face of weakness-focused orthodox management -- to build a strengths-based culture.Read at Gallup.com
Workforces Devoted to Weaknesses Are Dangerous
When you accept that nature gave you incredible talents and choose a career that allows you to use them -- and if you have a manager who lets you play to those talents -- you can achieve some amazing things.Watch at Gallup.com
Increase Student Recognition to Unlock Engagement
"To engage students, schools need to find creative ways to encourage great effort."Read at Gallup.com
When Americans Use Their Strengths More, They Stress Less
"The more hours per day adults believe they use their strengths, the more likely they are to report having ample energy, feeling well-rested, being happy, smiling or laughing a lot, learning something interesting, and being treated with respect."Read at Gallup.com
Half in U.S. Don't Use Their Strengths Throughout the Day
"Considering the value -- in terms of well-being and productivity -- that using one's strengths creates, if more Americans learn about their own strengths and put them to use, it could create a positive economic impact in the U.S. for businesses, communities, and individuals."Read at Gallup.com
Seven Reasons to Lead With Strengths
"The success of the people you lead -- and your entire organization -- depends on the development of their strengths."Read at Gallup.com
Making Strengths-Based Development Work
"In short, if employees perceive that their organization supports them and is committed to them, they are more likely to have feelings of obligation to the employer that enhance organizational performance."Read at Gallup.com
How Strengths Boost Engagement
"Too often, engagement and strengths can be viewed as separate entities. However, the science shows that engagement and strengths are far more powerful when managed and supported in tandem."Read at Gallup.com
How Employees' Strengths Make Your Company Stronger
"Investing in and focusing on employees' talents boosts employee and customer engagement, according to Gallup's research, leading to higher levels of performance, profitability, productivity, and greater earnings per share for businesses."Read at Gallup.com
Drive Engagement by Focusing on Strengths
"A strengths-focused environment helps me think about becoming the best I can be based on the unique talents that I bring to my workplace," Larry said. "And that is a pretty engaging feeling."Read at Gallup.com
What Makes a Great Leadership Team?
Individuals don't have to be well-rounded, but teams should be.Read at Gallup.com