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The objective of the STAR Academy is to provide Dartmouth's administrative professionals an opportunity to develop their technical and power skills. By completing ten Core Courses and four Electives in a 2-year period, an individual can enhance their effectiveness in their role and increase opportunities for mobility at Dartmouth. The program is self-paced. Each participant manages their enrollment and learning to meet the requirements of the Core Courses and Electives. Each course will be offered by HR twice a year. Workshops are open to all administrative professionals whether they want to pursue their certificate or attend individual sessions.

Download the STAR Academy Workshop Checklist

View upcoming STAR Academy workshops (please note, DartSmart for Student Employers will be available in Fall 2019)

View upcoming Wellness workshops and Institutional Diversity and Equity events.

The Core and Elective curriculum are comprised of the following technical and power skills:

  • Communication-written and verbal
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Time Management
  • Adaptability
  • Project Management
  • Stress Management
  • Customer Service
  • Reliability/Accountability/Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Up
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Understanding and Managing Change
  • Professionalism and Business Etiquette
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)

As the learner completes each requirement, they build their program portfolio. Core Courses or Electives taken from November 1, 2017, through April 30, 2019, can be counted towards the certificate, provided the session was attended no more than 18 months prior to the program start date. At the completion of all required courses, the individual meets with HR to review their progress and apply for a completion certificate. All those who have attained a certificate each year will be recognized at the annual Administrative Professional's Breakfast.

Participation is open to all administrative professionals across campus. Administrative Professionals are individuals across the institution whose work includes but is not limited to administrative tasks and coordination of information in support of an organization and the furthering of the goals and mission of that organization. Administrative Professionals are not defined by a title, they are instead defined by the type of work they perform. At Dartmouth, we see Administrative Professionals in some of the following titles: Office Manager, Library Specialist, Program and Events Coordinator, Cataloging and Metadata Specialist, and Executive Assistant.  

For questions, please contact Training and Development at or 603-646-3411.