Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a lifelong process through which we all develop adaptive Power Skills that contribute to academic, and career success and overall wellbeing.
The foundational building block for effective social and emotional learning, positive psychology, personal growth, and professional development. It is the conscious and clear perception and understanding of our own personality, feelings, thoughts, emotions, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, character, desires, and motivation. The more we are self-aware, the better we can understand other people's perceptions, attitudes, and mindsets.
Self-management is the ability to accept responsibility, be accountable for, and effectively manage our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Self-management skills are critical for getting things done and taking control of our life. They utilize strategies and mindsets that help us become organized, efficient, and most effective in our endeavors. Self-management is the roadmap for our personal and professional success. Interpersonal communication to build strong personal and professional relationships.
The higher-order mental processes that enable us to manage complex tasks, such as organizing and planning, remembering information, problem-solving, regulating emotions, and controlling cognitive flexibility. Executive function skills are essential to our ability to think critically, adapt to change and persist. Developing our executive function skills contributes to our ability to make responsible decisions and achieve our goals.
Essential for adapting to diverse workplace environments and communities. These skills allow us to engage, react, and respond in a variety of social situations by understanding the complex needs of others. Socially aware individuals can appropriately modify their behavior and apply effective interpersonal communications strategies to achieve the most optimal outcomes in a variety of social contexts.
How to use SEL at WGU: We have created detailed articles that are written with the student experience in mind. We also offer several quick tools to help you balance your school, work, and family life.
WGU Student Wellbeing Services
WGU partners with leading student wellbeing and mental health support services to provide free resources aimed at helping students navigate personal, family, and financial challenges that can affect their academic progress and other responsibilities. Students receive free Mental Health and Wellness Services, 24/7 Crisis Support, and Referral to Local Basic Life Need Resources. Learn more about the services offered by reviewing the list below.
- Confidential, mental health support with a counselor at no cost to the student, spouse/partner.
- 24/7 counseling available via telephone or chat.
- Telephone, video, and in-person counseling by appointment for short-term support.
- Language and lived-experience counselor-matching upon request.
- Connection to local resources such as housing, food, caregiving needs (including childcare).
- Legal and financial consultations
- Self-directed resources including articles, videos, assessments, virtual fitness.
Students may access the confidential counseling and support resources that WGU provides 24/7/365 via Student Wellbeing Services.
The Writing Center is a one stop shop for students to get assistance with writing resources. We have self-serve resources that students can reference to sharpen their academic writing skills. We also offer live assistance for students to work with a Writing Mentor one on one.
- APA Basics and Help with APA
- We have several resources and articles about how to correctly use APA 7th edition style in your writing.
- Writing Organizational Tips
- If you need help with structure and putting your thoughts together, we have organizational tips to maximize the impact of your writing.
- Proofreading Strategies
- We have resources to help you put the final touches on your paper including proofreading tips, strategies, and tips on professional communication to make sure your written work is at its best!
- Attend a Live Event
- We offer a variety of schedules for our live events including APA Help, Writing for Success, and Revision and Proofreading Strategies.
- Schedule an Appointment
- Work directly with a writing center mentor by scheduling an appointment that is convenient for you.
- Live Chat and Writing Center Help Line
- If you need assistance, help is always a click or a phone call away!
- Learning Guides
- If you are looking to build foundational math concepts, we have study paths that will help you build a solid foundation of math skills.
- Math Study and Calculator Tips
- We have great resources for calculator advice and help as well as math strategy and study tips.
- Math Center Events and Appointments
- If you are needing some math assistance, we have math center mentors who can meet with you. We also have several great events you can attend to sharpen your skills.
We have numerous resources available to current students and alumni to help you get the job you want! From cover letter writing, resume building and creating a portfolio, we can help you set up a solid foundation for your job search.
You have submitted your cover letter and resume and now it’s time to nail the interview! The Career Center has resources for employer research, interview preparation and salary negotiation. Come take a look at our resources and see how we can help you secure your dream job.
Talk through your career plan strategy with one of our career advisors. We have advisors for each college who will help steer you in the right direction.
Professional Development Resources
Whether you are currently employed in the position you desire or are searching for a new position, it never hurts to keep yourself informed, educated, and up to date in your professional realm. Taking time to engage in professional development opportunities not only keeps you cutting-edge within your field, it also allows you to network with other professionals and develop your professional brand - all of which can advance your career! We offer services from these providers:
- WGU Students have access to this resource where they can find jobs, internships, connect with employers, peers, and alumni to get career information.
- This website provides professional modules and information students can implement in their everyday business practices and procedures.
- WGU partners with MindEdge to provide free online business training for alumni! Alumni can use the discount code wgualumni at check-out to get access to the courses for free.
- WGU offers students and alumni free access to LinkedIn Learning. Courses in Business, Technology, and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.
- Night Owl Network
- Introducing the Night Owl Network, an exclusive professional community of WGU Night Owls from around the world! Connect with other Night Owls near and far with a variety of industry backgrounds. Give back by sharing industry insights, starting a mentorship, or giving career advice. Discover and join professional interest groups, make life-long connections, and find resources to help keep your career goals on target.
The WGU Library is your one stop shop for all your research needs! We have an impressive collection of e-books, databases, publications and e-reserves to meet all your research requests.
- The WGU library has an A-Z list of all our available databases. Students can also view available resources by college from the main page!
- Can’t find what you are looking for? It’s not a dead end! You can request articles and books that you need, and the library can help.
- Even after you graduate, WGU offers alumni select access to various articles, magazines, and books on a variety of professional development and career topics.
- Attend a live webinar—Our WGU librarians have several monthly options for live webinars! Webinars include a comprehensive introduction to library resources and research strategies.
- Schedule an appointment with a librarian—WGU librarians are available at times that are convenient for students. Students can schedule phone appointments to get assistance with resource questions.
- Ask a librarian chat—Staying up late researching and need a hand? The WGU Library has a 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat feature.
"What we do here changes lives. When someone earns a degree, that changes things for their family and, through the influence of their family, changes the community. And that changes the world. I have the chance to help change the world every day at work, and that inspires me to give my best."
— Jim McCleskey
Course Instructor, College of Business
“Encouraging students to believe in their capacity for success is an integral part of mentoring. WGU Course Instructors couple that encouragement with a commitment to creatively supporting students’ mastery of the competencies in our courses. We frequently remind students that learning requires exertion, but they are not laboring alone.”
— Carmen Turner
Course Instructor, Teachers College
University Academic Leaders
- Program Development
- Leavitt School of Health
- School of Education
- College of Business
- College of IT
- Program Curriculum
Dr. Sarah DeMark
As the Vice President of Program Development at WGU, Dr. DeMark helps keep WGU at the forefront of competency-based education by directing the university’s academic portfolio strategy as well as program design and development, with a portfolio of more than 60 degrees, 600 courses, and 1,000 assessments.
Keith Smith, Ed.D., MBA, MA
Smith is responsible for driving the academic and operational strategies of the Leavitt School of Health. He is a member of the Chair Academy Practitioner Board, Journal for Higher Education Editorial Board and Journal of Continuing Education Editorial Board. He is also a member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education, Association of North America Higher Education International and Online Learning Consortium.
Dr. Stacey Ludwig Johnson
As the Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of WGU's Teachers College, Ludwig Johnson will drive the academic and operational strategies of the largest, nonprofit, accredited school of education in the U.S. She has a long history championing and supporting the work of WGU, having invested more than 24 years envisioning, creating and implementing academic services, including faculty and clinical experience models, that optimize student progress and retention, attainment and career success.
As the Executive Dean and Senior Vice President of the College of Business, Mitsu Frazier has extensive experience serving WGU students and working to enhance what WGU offers. Her long tenure at WGU in a variety of positions has provided her opportunity to work directly with students and advance the WGU mission and purpose.
Paul Bingcam joined Western Governors University in October of 2019 as an Associate Dean in the College of Information Technology. Paul spent 24 years with the FBI, conducting and managing domestic and international investigations. He is an accomplished instructor and featured presenter in topics including cybersecurity and incident response. Paul holds cyber certifications including the CISSP, GCIH, GSEC, and GISP. He earned his Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University.