Incorporating Positive Emotional Skill-Building into College Support Programs

August 22, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EST


Explore the impact of emotional intelligence on college student success and how to integrate emotional skill-building into college support programs.

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Why It Matters

Studies show that higher emotional intelligence correlates to academic success in a variety of ways. Emotionally intelligent students earn better grades, graduate on time, succeed in online courses, drink less alcohol and experience less mental health issues.

Yet, many college students starting college lack the emotional skills to positively manage the challenges they will face in school. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. In a 2013 study of over 3,000 students across 153 campuses, students report enormous emotional difficulties:

  • Almost 1/3 report their stress was high enough at some point during the year to interfere with their academics—lowering their grades on exams or courses or projects.

  • Over 50% report overwhelming anxiety and a third, intense depression during the year.

  • 44% say that academic or career issues have been traumatic or difficult to handle

Emotional intelligence differs from IQ in that it can be developed through coaching and instruction. Research finds positive emotional skill-building in college programs significantly improves students' emotional intelligence and gives them skills that improve academic success while also providing students with skills to better manage challenges in their lives.

Who Should Attend?

This program is ideal for higher education professionals interested in helping students learn the emotional skills necessary to face the challenges of college life.


Emotional intelligence development provides students critical skills to better manage challenges in their lives and, subsequently, improve their academic success. In this webinar, you will:

  • Gain an overview of how emotional intelligence impacts college student success

  • Explore strategies you can use to develop college students skills in 5 key areas: self-awareness, emotional regulation, decision-making, interpersonal skills and stress management

  • Discover ways to incorporate emotional intelligence development on campus



Registration - Live Webinar and On-Demand Training - COMPLIMENTARY

The live webinar program is limited to 25 attendees. All registrants will receive the webinar recording with option to download.

Your registration includes:

  • Live webinar access: invite your whole team.

  • On-demand access to the recording emailed the week after the webinar airs (available for 14 days)

  • Option to download the recording for your training library

  • Access to electronic versions of presentation materials and additional resources


Keep Learning

For more reasons to equip students with emotional intelligence, check out this article from OpEd Project’s Yale Public Voices Fellowship program in which, Diana Divecha and Robin Stern, two mental health experts, explain how colleges and universities can better deal with the problem of student anxiety and depression.


Carrie Arnold, PhD., CEO & Founder of EQsential, LLC

Dr. Arnold is an experienced leader and leadership trainer in both higher education and non-profit/for-profit organizations. She currently trains and certifies individuals in the EQ-i 2.0/360 assessments and consults with local organizations to build curriculum for their leadership and training endeavors. A certified training partner of MHS, Inc., she has completed over 1000 coaching debriefs with students, educators, and business leaders.

Previously, Dr. Arnold was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and taught first-year seminars, leadership courses and developed curriculum for the university’s high-risk students. She was also the Interim Director of the Gateway Program Seminar, a first-year experience program and headed up their CRLA certified peer leader program, including developing training and a semester-long peer mentoring course. Dr. Arnold earned her M.A. from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Nonprofit Management and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

In addition to presenting and writing on topics related to mentoring, leadership and emotional intelligence, she provides community leadership in a variety of positions. She served as President of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council and currently works facilitates sessions for family members of Alzheimer’s patients. Her research is in Emotional Intelligence and its impact on personal and professional success.