Radhi Al Mabuk, Professor.

His research focuses on the theme of self-awareness as the catalyst to self-change, self-development, and self-renewal. He has developed and field tested an instrument that has many dimensions of self-development that is given to students to rate themselves, to their classmates to rate each other, and to teachers to rate all of their students. The three ratings are compared at the beginning of the semester and shared with each student. The process is repeated before the end of the semester or academic year and the findings are again shared with each participant. The students get feedback from others that they can reflect on with the hope of heeding their suggestions for change along a particular or a set of personal dimensions. The school counselor or academic advisor can use the pre- and post-test results as a guide to develop a program or a plan of action for the student participants. School counselors and academic advisors in many countries who have used Dr. Ugur’s rating instrument and his well-developed action plan for self-change have been impressed by the positive change in student development.

Faculty of Education

University of Northern Iowa

Michael Stevens, PhD, DHC, LHD

According to Turkish law, consistent and ongoing academic guidance and counseling is an essential service in higher education. Academic Window is an online, empirically based tool developed to meet this requirement not only in higher education, but also in primary and secondary schools. The overarching purpose of Academic Window is the facilitation of efficient and effective school counseling. Its content design and technological platform permit confidential collaboration among students, counselors, and teachers with the goal of improving students’ academic performance and personal growth. Academic Window integrates the SWOT model (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to help students become more self-aware and to learn how they are perceived by their peers and teachers. In addition, teachers can come to know their students more objectively and fully, and can track changes in their academic, personal, and social development.

Academic Window is a recent advancement in school counseling that has been recognized as having much potential in the holistic education of students.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Past-President, APA Division of International Psychology

Amrita Kaur, Ph.D.

The developed scale by Dr. Ugur and his colleagues from Canada for Academic Window is a significant contribution in the field that can help educationalist, counselors and social scientist better understand the concept of self-awareness and self-concept among students. These concepts are central to designing appropriate intervention for school students’ academic and social development. Along with teachers’ evaluation of one’s personality, self-assesment and peer assesment are equally critically in providing feedback and improving self-awareness. I hope that using MRSVC, the reseach community will be able to generate quality data which in turn will provide benefical outcomes for the students in the community.

Senior Lecturer of Educational Psychology

School of Education and Modern Languages

Collage of Arts and Sciences

Universiti Utara Malaysia

06010 Sintoki Kedah Darul Aman


Daniel Bernstein, Ph.D.

The MRSVC has excellent reliability, as indexed by its internal consistency, as well as convergent and divergent validity. This tool represents a significant advance in self-assessment, and will be of great use to career counselors, who can use the MRSVC to improve their clients’ self-awareness. Students will also find great value in this tool, which will help them search for jobs while highlighting areas of strength and weakness. At a broader level, the MRSVC provides individuals with solid, and sometimes sobering data that will help them adjust their self-perception to be more consistent with how others perceive them. This kind of mutual evaluation can increase one’s self-confidence or decrease one’s arrogance in situations in which the individual underestimates or overestimates his/her strengths, respectively.

Daniel Bernstein, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Lifespan Cognition

Department of Psychology

Hou Chun Kuong, Ph.D.

Academic Window, that will promote communication among students, faculty, advisors, and career center personnel to enhance students’ personal growth. This research is being undertaken with an international team of researchers. This speaks to his abilities in collaboration and communication as well as his efficacy as a scholar. I was honored to be involved in the Academic Window research team. We co-authored an article entitled “Using Technology to Increase Student Self-Awareness and Consciousness through Matching Level-appropriate Automatic Messages”.

Hou Chun Kuong, Ed. D.

Education Faculty, School of Education

University of the Cumberlands

7792 College Station Drive

Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769

Janet Miller, Ph.D.

Dr. Ugur initiated our collaboration in the area of career planning and positive psychology, and he shared his expertise regarding mutual evaluations and its use in counsellor development and training. The tool we developed investigated senior students' perception of their "soft skills" - transferable skills that have been shown to be highly valued by employers across fields (e.g., innovation, problem-solving skills, time management, organization, global awareness, etc.). Through this work we were interested in supporting undergraduate students through their career transitions post-graduation. The tool investigated senior students' perception of their "soft skills" - transferable skills that have been shown to be highly valued by employers across fields (e.g., innovation, problem-solving skills, time management, organization, global awareness, etc.).

Janet Miller, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist (Alberta)

Professor & Counsellor, Student Counselling Services

Mount Royal University.