Office of Student Life

Grad Pad

Core Capacities

The GP3 Program core capacities encompass essential transferable skills, knowledge, and experience at the core of graduate education and professional preparation. Graduate Administrative Associates in the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University are encouraged to use the GP3 Programas a guide to strengthen existing skills and develop new competencies relevant to your academic and professional goals.


Opportunities within this core capacity are designed to help GAAs:

Communication & Innovation CI

An implicit expectation in graduate education is that students are able to communicate complex topics in a clear and engaging way with those in and outside of their discipline.

  • Enhance communication, both orally and in writing, for various audiences
  • Foster their ability to build relationships with others and establish rapport in a global context
  • Develop skills for the effective use of digital devices and tools
  • Write conference proposals
  • Create and deliver professional presentations for academic and non-academic settings
  • Develop critical lens and debate for learning
  • Use technological resources with respect to maximizing efficiency and effectiveness
  • Utilize communication and learning technology to address students’ holistic wellness issues.
  • value innovation and adopt technology, practices, or processes that enhances one’s work.

Career Development & Exploration CDE

There is a plethora of components for one to consider when preparing for their next professional position.

  • Understand the difference between a resume and curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Construct unique and competitive job-searching pieces (resume, cv, cover letters, thank you letters)
  • Prepare for digital and phone interviews
  • Conduct an effective employment search
  • Pursue additional graduate school opportunities
  • Strengthen skills essential for successful interviewing and negotiating in higher education and student affairs
  • Explore careers in higher education and student affairs
  • Network

Social Responsibility & Accountability SRA

There is a continued responsibility to foster equitable environments and address and acknowledge issues of oppression, privilege, and power. This competency hopes to hold GAAs and future student affairs educators accountable for their own sense of agency and social responsibility.

  • Learn how to define social responsibility
  • Articulate understanding of social justice and inclusion within the context of higher education
  • Identify and engage in critical perspectives of the field of higher education and student affairs
  • Understand explicit and implicit bias
  • Deconstruct power, privilege, and oppression
  • Identify microaggressions and discrimination in the workplace
  • Be an effective ally and advocate for social justice
  • Assess one's own department's role in addressing systemic barriers to social justice and inclusion
  • Design programs and events that are inclusive, promote social consciousness and challenge current institutional, country, global, and sociopolitical systems of oppression

Professionalism & Ethics PE

An individual's identity as a professional matures with time and experience. To be a steward of one’s discipline, one must protect the integrity and uphold the standards of the field.

  • Demonstrate integrity and trustworthiness
  • Enforce codes of conduct
  • Understand and prevent sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct
  • Demonstrate personal accountability, discipline, and work habits
  • Design a professional development plan
  • Advocate for equitable hiring practices

Leadership & Management LM

Developing leadership and management skills is paramount to career progression.

  • Identify, define, and understand different leadership styles
  • Create a personal and organizational vision, mission, and goals
  • Construct and lead diverse teams
  • Create inclusive spaces for optimal participation
  • Identify and develop learning outcomes
  • Learn how to challenge and support students and colleagues
  • Better understand your students and other employees
  • Manage spaces, behaviors, and incivility
  • Understand campus culture and apply to your work.

Teamwork & Collaboration TC

Building dynamic teams and collaborative, professional relationships with peers, students, and colleagues from various demographics, disciplines and perspectives is imperative for success.

  • Understand team roles and contributions
  • Learn group behaviors
  • Facilitate group processing and assessment
  • Apply team organizational tools
  • Critically think and problem solve

Personal Wellness & Financial Literacy WFL

Creating strategies to effectively manage change and demands in one’s personal, professional, and academic lives leads to resiliency and balance.  

  • Practice self-awareness and mindfulness
  • Develop empathy and compassion
  • Improve physical wellness and vitality
  • Create supportive environments
  • Plan and prepare for your financial future
  • Articulate wellness as comprised of emotional, physical, social, environmental, relational, spiritual, moral, and intellectual elements
  • Create and implement a plan of healthy living