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About the Academy

The Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education aims to further the research and dissemination of strengths-based approaches to teaching, learning, and leading. Inspired by the vision behind StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond by Donald O. Clifton and Edward “Chip” Anderson (revised by Laurie Schreiner in 2006), the academy serves as a resource for research, consultation, and workshops to advance the strengths movement in higher education. With support from APU and private donors, the academy has conducted research on the effectiveness of strengths-based approaches to first-year seminars, academic advising, general education courses, and professional development programs.

The academy also serves as a clearinghouse for research conducted on strengths approaches. Fueled by graduate research assistants and faculty scholars, the academy conducts numerous research projects each year, provides oversight to strengths research projects conducted on other campuses, and regularly collects and archives articles related to the strengths movement in education.

“What would happen if we studied what was right with people?”

Don Clifton
Former Chief Executive Officer, The Gallup Organization