Student Engagement Record
What is the Engagement Record?
Your Engagement Record is an unofficial, self-reported record of your experiences and accomplishments while attending Northern Arizona University. These experiences are meant to reflect your activities both in and out of the classroom. Your Engagement Record is your opportunity to capture your unique experiences in detail, communicating them in the language of transferable skills that are relevant to employers so you can leverage your experiences into new opportunities.
Why is the Engagement Record important?
Keep track of all your activities in one place:
Achievements Accordion Closed
Accomplishments and/or recognition of special effort which includes and is not limited to awards, scholarships, honors, authorship, artistic expression, etc.
Employment Accordion Closed
On campus or off campus employment, work study and non-work study.
Campus involvement Accordion Closed
Membership in registered student organizations or other campus-based groups; participation in NCAA athletics, club sports, intramural sports, NAU Outdoors, or other fitness/recreation programs; theater or music performances or fine arts shows; attendance at campus events.
Leadership Accordion Closed
Positions held in registered student organizations or community groups; participation in campus leadership programs such as the Edge Leadership Experience or Presidential Leadership Fellows; attendance at leadership seminars, workshops, or conferences either on or off campus.
Certificates/trainings/conferences Accordion Closed
Certifications received from an established oversight organization (e.g., Wilderness First Responder, Certified Nursing Assistant); or credible program (e.g., SafeJacks, MyStudentBody). Trainings facilitated by established and credible educational bodies or instructors (e.g., 40 hour Nonviolent Communication Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Situational Leadership Training). Conferences hosted by a professional association (e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers: Geo-Risk 2017 Conference), paraprofessional association (e.g., Residence Life Conference Day), or credible interest group (e.g., SBS Living Compassion Conference, NAU Undergraduate Symposium).
Experiential learning Accordion Closed
Guided experience outside of the traditional classroom through which students increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values. The process of experiential learning promotes meaningful reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis. These experiences include internships, fieldwork, research, practicums, participation in student advisory committees and study abroad.
Community service Accordion Closed
Non-paid service activities; work in civic activities or political campaigns, participation at any non-profit agency or other community organization including one time or on-going service.
Develop your resume
Your Engagement Record can be used as a reference when creating your resume to apply for jobs and internships. Beyond academic success, more employers are looking for well-rounded individuals who have learned, volunteered and led outside of the classroom. Keep in mind that your resume isn’t just a place to list past work experience but also an opportunity to showcase your co-curricular involvement during your time at NAU and to articulate the skills you have gained.
For tips on developing your resume and adding your relevant experience, take a look at NAU Career Development’s resume tips, samples and best practices.
Boost your applications
Whether you’re applying for graduate school, scholarships, awards, or jobs, your application can benefit from activities and experiences. You can track all of your experiences and even their relevant dates and total hours to make applications easy. The Engagement Record serves as a reference for your own records and needs, but you can also save and print your record as needed.
No matter how you use the Engagement Record, it’s important to keep it up to date as you progress through school, recording your experiences as you complete them so that you always have a current record to refer to.
What are transferable skills?
The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified seven key skills that students are likely to gain from their extracurricular and classroom activities. As you enter your experiences into the Engagement record, consider which of the following skills you’ve gained as part of your time at NAU and how those would apply toward your future career:
Critical thinking/problem solving Accordion Closed
Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
Oral/written communications Accordion Closed
Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
Teamwork/collaboration Accordion Closed
Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
Digital technology Accordion Closed
Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
Leadership Accordion Closed
Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
Professionalism/work ethic Accordion Closed
Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
Global/intercultural fluency Accordion Closed
Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
How to use the Student Engagement Record
Add experiences to your Engagement Record
- Go to True Blue Connects and log in.
- Click your profile in the top right, then click “Experiences” to get started.
View, download or print your Engagement Record
- Go to True Blue Connects and log in.
- Click your name in the top right and click “Engagement Record.”
- From here, you may add, sort, hide, or change the order of your experiences.
- To save and/or print your record, click the “Print View/PDF” button.
Click the “My Engagement Record” link at the top of any page to get started.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I add past organizations and activities?
A: Yes, you can add any organizations, activities, jobs and events you’ve participated in while a you’re at NAU.
Q: How far back should I go to add activities?
A: Start with experiences you have had while you were a college student; don’t add experiences from high school.
Q: What categories should I put my activities in?
- Participated in a student club/organization = Campus Involvement (If you’re on the current roster of your club or organization, your membership will automatically appear on the engagement record)
- Service and service learning projects = Community Service
- Officer or executive board positions within an organization = Leadership
- On/off-campus or summer jobs = Employment
Q: Why is the start date on my activity today’s date?
A: The start date for activities is automatically set for the current date. You can change it to the correct date using the calendar box that pops up.
Q: What should I use for an end date if I am still actively participating?
A: Please leave the end date blank if you are still participating and update it in the future.
Q: Can I delete experiences from the Engagement Record?
A: No. You can edit experiences after you add them or hide them from view when you save or print your Engagement Record, but you cannot delete them.
Q: Are the experiences I enter on the Engagement Record verified by NAU staff?
A: No. The Engagement Record is a self-reported document and there is no system for verifying the experiences. We trust you to report your experiences accurately but you should be aware that intentionally misrepresenting yourself on your Engagement Record could result in disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
Q: Can prospective employers see my Engagement Record?
A: The Engagement Record website is not public. If you would like to share your record with an employer you can provide them with a copy.
Q: Can NAU faculty and staff see my Engagement Record?
A: Faculty and staff cannot access students’ Engagement Records online. Students would need to personally provide a copy.
Q: Who should I contact if I’m having technical trouble with the Engagement Record or the True Blue Connects website?
A:For help with technical issues, check out the help center or contact Campus Labs for assistance.
Faculty and staff resources on how to use the Engagement Record
There are several ways that faculty and staff can use the Engagement Record tool as part of their class or program. From offering students class credit for adding experiences to their Engagement Record to providing information for a bulk upload of student experiences, faculty and staff are important partners. Student Life staff can also work with you to provide reports detailing the experiences reported by students within a particular college, major, or program. See below for some ideas of how to use the Engagement Record tool:
- Create a class assignment which asks students to add one or more experiences to their Engagement Record
- Offer extra credit to students who update, print, and turn in their Engagement Record
- Ask students to provide their Engagement Record as part of an application for a program or award
- Use the Engagement Record for student employees to track completed trainings and other professional development milestones
- Have students complete their Engagement Record in advance of attending a professional workshop or training sponsored by your department
- Ask students to track community service hours, attendance at events, or other program requirements on their Engagement Record and provide a copy to you for verification
The Engagement Record tool also supports bulk uploads of student experiences. You can provide Student Life with information about all students who participated in a particular event or program so that the experience can be uploaded to their individual Engagement Records. To get started, choose the experience type template that best fits your activity from the list below. Fill in the requested information (required fields are highlighted in yellow, white fields are optional) and return the completed template to Student.Life@nau.edu for upload. Field descriptions can be found in the second tab on the document but Student Life staff are also happy to help you with this process.
If you have questions about how to use the Engagement Record as part of your class or program or would just like to learn more about the Engagement Record, please contact Student.Life@nau.edu or 928-523-5181.