College Students Should Be Proactive

Be Proactive is Steven Covey’s 1st Habit for Highly Effective People

Steven Covey’s book, The 7 Habits for Highly Effective People, is one of my favorites. It prompted several of my article on this blog. And it prompted me to write an article directed at students, which I published on Suite 101. It is entitled Be Proactive – A Habit of Highly Successful College Students.

You have read my article about college teachers being proactive, right. No? Shame on you! It is entitled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Adjuncts. Yes, it applies to all college faculty members, but as you read the article you will understand the unique importance being proactive plays for adjuncts.

My recommendation to college instructors is to make your students aware of what it means to be proactive. Clarify your expectations in that regard. Maybe even refer them to my article.

© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

October 15, 2010


About Dr. Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

My name is Paul Hummel, and I often introduce myself to others as a recovering engineer. If you are familiar with the Dilbert cartoons, let me simply say that I lived all of that. I started my college saga at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eventually, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. I worked for many years in industry, and during this time I did some college adjunct teaching. During my career I held several managerial positions in industry, the last as Director of Technology of a division of a Fortune 500 corporation. Then, in 1996, with minimal planning or forethought, I found myself working as a manufacturing consultant on behalf of Elgin Community College (ECC). My career in higher education began to take shape. I fell in love with ECC and with the mission of community colleges in general. I worked fulltime and occasionally taught college courses for my institution and two other colleges. After a couple years I set a goal to move over to the “credit side of the college” and eventually become a college administrator. In 2006, having earned my doctorate in education, I achieved that goal. I was hired by Waubonsee Community College as Dean for Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. I have had the great fortune of working at two excellent colleges. The insights I want to share are drawn from the various college positions I have held. At ECC, in addition to my consulting role, I coordinated non-credit professional development training programs for three years and spent four years advising students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. That position helped me understand college education from the perspective of today’s college students. After seven years at Waubonsee, I retired April 30, 2013. I now devote my knowledge and skills to upgrading and expanding the websites I created beginning with Adjunct Assistance. I have three other websites: College Teaching Tips, Keys for College Success and Lighthouse for Learning. A lot of work lies ahead for me in terms of upgrading and expanding each of these websites, but I could not be more excited about fulfilling the vision I have for helping college instructors and their students succeed.

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