2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Prevalence of leadership studies programs in Ivy League and COPLAC universities
Michelle L. Stein* and Elena M. Alvarez
Dr. James A. Padfield, Faculty Mentor

Universities often state that leadership development is one of the overarching educational objectives of their undergraduate program. One measure of the importance leadership development has in the academic climate of an institution may be the opportunity for students to earn an academic degree (major) or an academic minor in the formal study of leadership. We explored the curriculum offerings of each university in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and each university in the Ivy League through the universities' websites. We then contacted the admissions personnel of each university directly to verify whether a leadership studies major or minor (by this or any other name) was offered. We determined that out of the eight Ivy League schools and the twenty-five COPLAC schools, only one institution (Evergreen State College, WA) offered an academic program in leadership studies on the undergraduate level.

Keywords: Leadership studies, Ivy League , COPLAC universities , Leadership development


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 7-3
Location: VH 1320
Time: 8:45

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