Parents Council discusses student challenge and coping with setbacks

The Elon University Parents Council participated in a panel discussion on the roles of challenge and failure as opportunities for students to grow during their college years. The session was held as part of the group's spring meeting held Feb. 29 - March 1 on campus. Details...

Peter Felten, director of Elon’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, led the panel discussion, which was based on a column written by President Leo M. Lambert for the latest issue of the Magazine of Elon. Lambert explained the advice he had been given by a group of CEOs he met with last fall. They suggested Elon develop programs that put students in challenging situations so they can develop resiliency and the ability to recover from setbacks.

Panel members included Tim Peeples, associate dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; Deborah Long, faculty administrative fellow and assistant to the president; Rex Waters, associate dean of students; Wes Pope, an Elon senior; and Christian Wiggins, an Elon alumnus.

Parents encouraged the university to develop curriculum and formal programs that test students and help them gain skills that will serve them well in meeting life’s challenges.