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What is GROW?

Guided Reflection on Work
The OSU GROW (Guided Reflection on Work) program uses brief, structured conversations between student employees and their supervisors to help make the learning that is occurring through student employment more "visible" to the students. 
The OSU GROW logo contains three overlapping orange shapes with a black text overlay that reads "Learning, Reflecting, Connecting."


The OSU GROW brand contains the orange OSU brand and the black text that reads, "GROW, Guided Reflection on Work."

Key Questions

  • How is this job fitting in with your academics?
  • What are you learning here at work that is helping you in your academics?
  • What are you learning in your coursework that you can apply here at work?
  • What are examples of things you are learning here at work or skills you are developing that can be applied to your anticipated career?


  • Supervisors start the process by describing the program to students and holding two conversations by December.
  • In the second semester, supervisors hold an additional two conversations.
  • Supervisors also notify students through email or in person that they will receive an OSU GROW survey by the end of April.


  • Helping students make meaningful connections between what they’re learning in the classroom and what they’re learning during employment
  • Helping students make a connection between their job and their future career
  • Helping students recognize the importance of reflection and how to facilitate that process
  • This program is developed from the Iowa GROW curriculum.
A GROW supervisor meets with a student employee.



Sample Conversation

View this conversation as a guide for having an OSU GROW exchange. Supervisors can use an individual or small group format for these discussions. 
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