Montreat 360°

What is Montreat 360°?

Montreat 360° is a program that encourages students’ experiential learning—hands-on, real-life experience—gained through campus involvement such as leadership, clubs and organizations, student activities, athletics, internships, learning communities, study abroad, and more!

Students who are involved inside and outside of the classroom practice and strengthen transferable skills that are valuable to employers, such as teamwork, communication, leadership, and professionalism.

Montreat 360° is built to help students recognize the valuable skills they are gaining and equip them to communicate their skills effectively as they enter the workforce.

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What are the Montreat 360° competencies?

The Montreat 360° competencies are abilities most desired by employers and will also benefit your personal development and relationships with others. Click on the competency name below for a description and to learn more about the skills that lead to developing it.

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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.

Associated Skills:

Think Creatively

Identify or derive alternative interpretations of data or observations, recognize new information that might support or contradict a hypothesis, explain how new information can change their understanding and ability to address a problem.

Learn and Problem Solve

Ability to separate relevant and irrelevant information, integrate multiple sources of information to solve problems, and learn and apply new information to solve real-world issues.

Communicate Graciously

Ability to focus on communicating ideas graciously so they can effectively and precisely engage with the world.

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Effectively communicating your idea clearly and confidently to others through reports, letters, public speaking, emails, etc. This person is able to articulate thoughts appropriately with a wide variety of individuals.

Associated Skills:

Verbal Articulation and Expression

Ability to express thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.

Public Speaking

Ability to adapt style to various formats (i.e., discussion, debate, dialogue) and audiences.

Active Listening

Ability to pay attention and understand what is being said, respond appropriately, and provide feedback.


Ability to express thoughts, ideas, and facts in writing; write and edit memos, letters, reports, and emails clearly and effectively.

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Leadership involves using interpersonal skills, managing personal emotions, coaching, and developing others, along with organizing, planning, and delegating work. This person is able to manage his/herself as well as leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals. (Based on The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, 2017).

Associated Skills:

Model the Way

To model the way begins with self-awareness, clarity about one’s values, and the ability to articulate them to others. In addition, effective leaders will align those values with their behaviors. Leaders earn the right to lead and help others to align with their values by being honest, forward thinking, competent, and inspiring.

Inspire a Shared Vision

To inspire a shared vision is to imagine future possibilities and to draw others to share ownership by creating in the “a desire to make something happen, to change the way things are, to create something that no one has ever created before”.

Challenge the Process

To challenge the process is to recognize and support new ideas for progress. If an organization is to innovate, grow, and improve, it is sometimes necessary to experiment and risk failure. Effective leaders will learn from their failures as well as their successes.

Enable Others to Act

To enable others to act is the acknowledgement that “leadership is a team effort”. An effective leader fosters collaboration and builds trust. Effective leaders create conditions in which others can do good work, take risks, and create change.

Encourage the Heart

To encourage the heart is to genuinely care for others and to demonstrate that care through one’s actions. Effective leaders show appreciation for the contributions made by others and create a culture of celebration. Acts of encouragement visibly and behaviorally make a connection between performance and rewards.

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Building collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, and viewpoints. This person is able to work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Associated Skills:

Build Relationships

Ability to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the factors which contribute to interpersonal relationships such as self-disclosure, perspective taking, empathy, trust, and communication.

Manage Conflict

Ability to demonstrate awareness of conflict management styles and apply effective approaches to interpersonal problem-solving.

Incorporate Diverse Perspectives

Ability to identify and respect differences in others, practice perspective taking, and utilize differences to work collaboratively and equitably.

Contribute to a Common Goal

Ability to take individual responsibility for assigned tasks and working together to achieve a common purpose.

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Adapting effectively to new and emerging technology and choosing appropriate digital tools to accomplish tasks and goals.

Associated Skills:

Adapt to new technology and cyber threats

Ability to navigate emerging technology to support personal productivity, safeguard privacy, and to identify and defend against cybersecurity threats, such as social engineering attacks.

Use technology to create efficiencies

Ability to perform file management and organization tasks using functions and features in computer software such as work processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and online learning systems.

Develop positive digital communities

Demonstrate and promote safe and healthy use of digital tools and online behaviors to connect, empathize, and relate with others.

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Intercultural & Global Fluency

Global and intercultural fluency is needed in contemporary society to successfully navigate increasingly diverse and globally interconnected workplaces.

Associated Skills:

Self-Identity Formation

Cultivating an awareness of one’s own geographic, historic, ethnic, and cultural background.

Appreciation & Valuing of Difference

Recognizing the value in the stories and experiences of others. Understanding that engaging difference does not have to result in disagreement or conflict. Developing mutual respect.

Developing Equitable Environments

Leveraging one’s own qualities and skills to create spaces marked by fairness and impartiality. Welcoming every person’s full participation in all manners of public life. Striving for justice.

Global & Cultural Perspective

Moving beyond focusing on self-identity toward understanding how one’s own background relates to the histories and lived experiences of others. Recognizing the implications of the increasing interconnectedness of the modern world.

Civic & Social Engagement

Thoughtfully using one’s talents and efforts for the mutual benefit and flourishing of others.

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Responsibility & Integrity

Employers rely on the responsibility and integrity of their employees to accomplish the work and drive the success of every person and organization.

Associated Skills:

Accept Personal Accountability

Being willing to accept the appropriate level of accountability for tasks, acknowledging the impact of your actions on others.

Demonstrate Commitment & Work Ethic

Showing others that you will follow through and take the actions needed to initiate and complete goals, pushing through any obstacles.

Manage Time & Workload

Making the effort to juggle responsibilities appropriately and organize yourself so tasks are accomplished.

Act with Self-Control and Integrity

Demonstrating self-management in how and when tasks are completed. Doing what you say you will do and maintaining high standards builds trust.

Take Ownership of Results

Acknowledging openly both the strengths and mistakes of your work, even when it means facing consequences.

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Ethical Judgment & Reasoning

Ethical judgment is demonstrated by making good decisions in your personal and professional life and acting with integrity by aligning actions with beliefs about what is right and wrong.

Associated Skills:

Decision Making

Making choices consistent with values by gathering relevant facts, considering the actions involved, and evaluating the potential consequences, choosing, and committing to best ethical course of action.

Ethical Communication

Ensuring honest communication by providing accurate information, honoring confidentiality, acknowledging contributions of others, and using copyrighted material appropriately.

Social Responsibility

Prioritizing the common good through choices; demonstrating sensitivity to social, environmental, and economic issues.

How can I develop the competencies?

The best way to develop competencies is through experience! Participating in activities on or off campus will provide opportunities for you to gain skills that lead to competencies such as conflict management, decision making, and communication.

Cycle: Choose involvement, Engage in Experience, Practice, Reflect and Connect, Communicate

What activities are included in Montreat 360°?

At Montreat College, there are hundreds of ways to deepen your involvement. Examples include:

  • Chapel Attendance
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Activities
  • Leadership Positions
  • Athletics
  • Residence Life
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Mentoring
  • On Purpose Retreat
      • Internships
      • Living Learning Communities
      • Undergraduate Research Projects
      • Service Learning
      • Study Abroad
          • Chapel Attendance
          • Clubs and Organizations
          • Student Government
          • Student Activities
          • Leadership Positions
          • Athletics
          • Residence Life
          • Music
          • Theater
          • Mentoring
          • On Purpose Retreat
          • Internships
          • Living Learning Communities
          • Undergraduate Research Projects
          • Service Learning
          • Study Abroad

          Check out the wide range of Montreat 360° activities available on the Suitable app!

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          What can you gain from this program?

          Your involvement in the Montreat 360° will allow you to:

          • Discover what is happening on campus and choose events and activities to participate in.
          • Learn to recognize and articulate connections between experiences and the development of skills wanted by employers.
          • Create an electronic portfolio that saves and shares evidence of skills developed through your experience on campus.
          • Receive rewards as you progress and earn points and badges.
          • Increase the value of your Christian liberal arts education by applying what you learn in real-life settings.
          • Articulate tangible examples of how your time at Montreat College has equipped you with in-demand skills for success.
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          Download the app

          Track your Montreat 360° experience with the Suitable app. With this app, you can stay informed about campus opportunities, record your participation, build your portfolio, and track your progress. Download it for free in the iOS and Android app stores.

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          Want to get started?

          Montreat College students already have an account set up! Just download the app or log in with your Montreat username and password.

          Look under Achievements for all the skill and competency badges you can earn, and complete the four activities included in the Getting Started badge first to help you get oriented.

          Under Activities, you’ll see all the events and tasks you can complete to begin making progress and earning skill badges! Each event is earned by scanning a QR code while the event is happening, but tasks can be reported anytime once you’ve completed the requirements.

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          From the Montreat 360° Leaderboard

          The leaderboard features students with the top 20 highest point totals based on their participation in activities and reflection on what they’ve gained through their involvement. Here is what they are saying:

          “I think that Montreat 360 is a really great way to keep track of all the programs I am a part of, and it’s nice to reflect on what I’ve done so far. The interface of the app is really well organized, so it’s easy to work on all of the different achievements.” Katherine Wombwell, Sophomore

          Have questions?

          Email or visit the Thrive Center. Karen Eilers, our Program Director, is available Monday through Friday, or you can contact Aleea Bone, our Graduate Assistant for this program, on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m