What's more important than your student's IQ?

What’s more important than your student’s IQ? 

With the first days of the semester now in the rear view mirror, perhaps you’re wondering if your son/daughter is prepared to handle the rigors of college or the fast-changing world that awaits him or her upon graduation.  Does your child possess enough intelligence to succeed?

Rest easy…the answer is “yes.”  None of our new students at Concordia would be admitted here if we didn’t think they had the intelligence and preparation to ultimately graduate and be successful. 

But did you know that researchers claim there are other qualities that trump IQ as predictors of life success? They call them “non-cognitive skills.” Here are a few with a similar theme:

  • The ability to persist past early failures: 
    Did your child fail the first chemistry quiz? Start the season fifth on the athletic depth chart?  Forget when the cafeteria closed and miss dinner? Good (sort of)! Believe it or not, enduring a few rainy days and uphill climbs is a great developer of grit and a predictor of future success.
  • Delayed gratification:  You have just invested in a product (a college degree) that provides no tangible benefit (a job with a salary) for four years or more. The discipline to curb short-term desires for a larger long-term reward is part of what college is all about. What your child will become on the way to graduation will set the stage
    for a much brighter future.  Remind them of that.
  • Tackling a challenge: Experts say this skill is best developed under the guidance of
    a nurturing parent or mentor.  You likely provided it for much of your child’s life, but now the primary mentor role lies in the hands of professors, coaches and advisors.  Fortunately, your child is in an environment with an abundance of positive and nurturing mentors at Concordia but you can help by encouraging them to seek out new challenges in the classroom and across campus.

You’ve taught the three skills above for many years as you’ve coached your kids in little league, made them eat their vegetables before their dessert or worked with them on their science fair projects.  You’ve prepared a great foundation.

So don’t stop now.  The challenges are different, but the life skills that will make them successful adults remain unchanged and your college student will look to you—and their mentors at Concordia—to see them through.  Let’s work together to reinforce lessons of grit and to ensure your student’s long-term success!

Scott Seevers, VP Enrollment & Marketing

For more information on “non-cognitive skills” click this
link: http://gettingsmart.com/2012/11/non-cognitive-skills-bad-name-really-important/