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GRIT Initiative


GRIT Mini Grant Application



About the Initiative

The GRIT Initiative facilitates student achievement. By fostering students' perseverance, sense of purpose, connection and engagement, the GRIT Initiative enhances a student's capacity to flourish academically and personally. The initiative focuses students on their non-cognitive skills like help-seeking, their metacognitive skills like the ability to think about their own thinking, and their sense of place and agency. The initiative recognizes and develops students' strengths and competencies rather than their deficits.

"GRIT: The Secret to Academic & Life Success," Info @SMC, Nov. 2012

On the scale of grit, where do you fit? Find out here.

The GRIT Initiative was developed during the College's 2011-2012 Strategic Planning process, and launched on the Fall 2012 Opening Day. Its goal for 2012-2013 is to develop a plan to infuse GRIT into the work of the College and a plan to assess the impact of the initiative.


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