UHV School of Education to host emotional intelligence symposium

Sept. 29, 2012 at 4:29 a.m.

Darwin Nelson

Darwin Nelson

A symposium featuring two internationally recognized experts on emotional intelligence, a learned ability to think constructively and act wisely, is coming to Victoria.

On Wednesday, Darwin Nelson and Gary Low, co-founders of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute in Corpus Christi, will discuss how emotional intelligence skills are essential for academic success, student retention, career direction and leadership.

"Emotional intelligence has a lot of uses, especially in helping to make constructive decisions," said Fred Litton, dean of the UHV School of Education & Human Development.

Nelson and Low's institute is an association for training, education and research application based on the idea that emotional intelligence is a learned ability.

Research has found that most students don't drop out of college for intellectual reasons. They drop out because they aren't able to adapt to their new environment.

Students who have the opportunity to learn skill sets important to making the transition to higher education - such as time management, anxiety control and decision making - are more prepared for success.

College completion rates across the nation are low, so teaching students the skills necessary to succeed needs to be a national priority, Low said.

The company principals not only apply their research to student and college success, but also conduct leadership development workshops around the world for businesses.

"We love to share our research and experience with emotional intelligence," Low said. "We believe it is an essential relationship to student success in higher education as well as valuable for institutional effectiveness."



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