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Sharon Heilmann (Committee Co-Chair), Brenda Kraner (Committee Member), Jill Lindsey (Committee Member), Mindy McNutt (Committee Co-Chair)

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Master of Science (MS)


This study examined employer and student perceptions of leadership education, specifically as these perceptions relate to value, or usefulness. As post-baccalaureate leadership certification programs are increasingly added to college and university curricula, it is important to understand if these programs are imparting knowledge and skills that are observable and valuable in the workplace. Employer and student perceptions were collected through pilot focus groups and qualitatively evaluated against Kouzes and Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, a framework that is both teachable and measurable. Suggestions for future graduate-level leadership certification programs will be discussed.

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Department or Program

Department of Leadership Studies in Education & Organizations

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