The Office of Faculty Development

Building Student Agency

Agency is “a person’s capacity to leverage resources to create positive change in their lives” (Kundu 2020, 2021).  Student agency includes student access to the skills and resources necessary to support their own self-efficacy such as grit and perseverance, power or control over one’s own learning experiences, and physical access to resources supporting student learning or, to a certain extent, academic success.  By supporting students in developing the skills associated with and offering access to the resources and power necessary for agency, students can take more control over their learning, build self-efficacy, and more successfully achieve self-actualization.

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