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Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Promotes “7 Habits” for Success among Students and Teachers

November 14, 2019
  •  Twelve faculty and staff members from the Preparatory Program became certified to teach the “7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students” course at KU

Khalifa University is first to run the one-credit hour course, “7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students,” and provide training to potential KU instructors.

Khalifa University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) launched a life-changing student success course this semester for STEM 2 students in the Preparatory Program, called Skills for Academic Success (SDAS 001).

Skills for Academic Success is focused on teaching students important study skills needed to progress in the university environment. The core text of the course is the “7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students”, a high-impact course built on the foundation of the global bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

“This maiden semester saw almost 300 students putting the principles of the ‘7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students’ into practice through increased proactivity, goal setting, time management, study skills, life skills, and more,” said Joud Jabri-Pickett, English Instructor in the Prep Program.

Earlier this year, Jabri-Pickett and Dr. Abdus Sabur Muhammad, Head of Student Retention and Advising, became certified as facilitators for the “7 Habits for Highly Effective People”, a program developed by FranklinCovey, a global company specializing in performance improvement, to introduce foundational principles, paradigms and practices of the “7 Habits” to employees.

They recently facilitated a workshop for 12 administrative staff and faculty members of the Preparatory Department, called “7 Habits Foundations at KU,” to introduce the principles that support greater effectiveness within their departments. The faculty and staff are now certified to teach the “7 Habits for Highly Effective College Students” and help students learn the principles of university effectiveness, which will propel them toward greater academic maturity and performance.

The 7 Habits® is the world’s best-known personal-leadership framework, synthesizing key principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness. A list of the 7 Habits® follows:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Habit 6: Synergize
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw


Jabri-Pickett hopes to continue providing the workshop to various departments across the university community, both academic and administrative, to promote positive, lifelong learning and success habits in all classrooms.

Erica Solomon
Senior Editor
14 November 2019