President’s Leadership Program Goals
- To provide a sequence of courses and professional placements centered in the concept of transformational leadership.
- To offer challenging experiential opportunities for students in diverse leadership settings.
- To showcase individual student interests and goals through mentorship, personal development strategies, and internship placements.
Requirements for PLP Scholars
- Students must remain in good academic standing within the program, maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000.
- Program participants are expected to be involved in extra-curricular activities on campus and in the community, and must adhere to the PLP Standards and Expectations, as outlined in the PLP Student Guide distributed at the annual Scholar Orientation and Retreat each August.
- All students are expected to volunteer 30 hours of community service each semester.
Student Learning Outcomes
Scholars in the President’s Leadership Program will complete the minor in Leadership Studies. Through this minor program, students will focus on six learning outcomes as described below:
Self-Leadership: PLP scholars will understand, synthesize, and evaluate their personal readiness for leadership by communicating effectively through written and oral means as measured by course assignments and a final portfolio.
Ethics: PLP scholars will manifest an understanding of leadership ethics and service to others, and illustrate, analyze and assess ethical behaviors as demonstrated in written work and oral presentation.
Leadership Theory: PLP scholars will describe, apply and criticize major leadership theories, and will be prepared to assess their own leadership qualities in relation to theoretical principles.
Critical Thinking: PLP scholars will understand the methods and skills needed for critical thinking and decision-making and be prepared to interpret situations and cases beyond surface arguments.
Problem Solving: PLP scholars will apply problem solving skills by taking on volunteer and community service projects.
Civic Engagement: PLP scholars will understand the importance of civic engagement and community activism as measured through volunteerism, community and campus service, team projects and class assignments.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of the Leadership Studies minor is the responsibility of the PLP faculty, staff, and students. The following tracking processes are in place to gather information and evaluate student progress in the following ways: Course syllabi, sample project portfolios and presentations, and related survey data will remain on file in the office of the President’s Leadership Program for use in appropriate assessment activities.
The executive director and academic director routinely advise students on the Leadership Studies minor and maintain academic records and progress reports on current minors. PLP staff participate in nationally standardized testing on an annual basis. Scholar reports and portfolios are reviewed on a semester by semester basis to determine levels of learning outcome success. Students are asked to evaluate all minor courses, serve on PLP committees, and to serve on focus groups to provide feedback and input for PLP activities. PLP faculty participate in Colorado Leadership Alliance activities to ascertain best practices and to arrange leadership activities for students in the statewide organization. PLP faculty are members of the International Leadership Association.