In line with the University’s vision of integrating the four core values in all our programs, and in keeping with the international trends for benchmarks in excellence, the Guidance Center has a project catering to students who are considered distinct and exceptional in various fields. The program, aptly named G.I.F.T.E.D. – Growth and Instruction for the Exceptionally Distinct, aims to ensure that the gifted students of the University are given the best possible opportunities for growth and development. Just like the “regular” college student, the exceptional or gifted student also faces problems and issues that might hinder him/her from reaching his/her full potential. The G.I.F.T.E.D. Program is a form of intervention designed to help gifted students identify and cope effectively with these hindrances.
The Guidance Center adopted the operational definition of “giftedness” as conceptualized by Joseph Renzulli (1978). Prof. Renzulli’s broadened conception of giftedness (with emphasis on above average ability, creativity and task commitment) was utilized as the model in determining who among the students would be considered distinct and exceptional. Furthermore, it was decided that the target group of participants will be limited to those in their first or second year in college.
Revisions are currently being made in order to accommodate the change brought about by the implementation of the K-12 Program. In order to identify potential G.I.F.T.E.D. participants, an assessment tool will be created which will be given to students nominated by their instructors, parents, organization advisers, etc. The identified G.I.F.T.E.D. participants will then be assigned to one guidance counselor for coaching/mentoring. Other interventions like workshops, focused group discussions, etc. will be determined as necessary. In this way, G.I.F.T.E.D. participants will receive intervention until they graduate.