Now that you understand the concept of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, there are two factors that you must consider when designing your organization: your school’s culture and your organization’s mission.
Different schools appeal to different kinds of students. You’ll need to understand the general student population in order to tailor both your intrinsic and extrinsic motivator strategies. Over the years, I have found that schools tend to fall into four broad categories.
Vocational – These schools attract students focused almost primarily on securing a job. The focus on job training and placement is a critical part of their appeal. Student organizations should focus on developing skills relevant to employment, connecting students with professionals in the field, and other extrinsic motivators.
Pre-professional – These schools attract students who are interested in employment but enjoy a social culture. Student organizations should focus on skill development but also incorporating social events and other community building activities.
Liberal Arts – These schools attract students who are largely interested in learning for the sake of learning. Student organizations should focus on community building, social events, and forums for trading ideas.
Social/Party – These schools attract students whose primary focus is on joining a group of like minded peers and having a good time. Student organization should focus heavily on varied social events, lengthy initiations, and creating relationships across grades.