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Leadership Criteria

To qualify as an Applied Learning Experience in Leadership:

  • At least ten (10) hours of leadership development and/or training.
  • At least ten (10) hours of leadership experience and/or application of leadership skills and responsibilities.
  • ALE supervisors will provide a clear plan for how the following Leadership competencies will be met:
    • Foundations of leadership: students need to address topics including the appropriate theories, approaches, strategies and historical perspectives
    • Personal development: students need to address topics including leadership styles and philosophies as well as the relationship between leadership style and social identity, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, etc.
    • Interpersonal development: Students need to address the movement from independent/dependent to interdependent relationships, development of self-efficacy as a leader, and the recognition and value of leadership identities including race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, nationality, religion, etc.
    • Development of groups and organizations: Students need to demonstrate an understanding of group development and the components and roles within organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

The SLOs expected from all ALEs are as follows:

  • Student will evaluate how the applied learning experience expanded their views in order to contribute to a diverse, global society. (Global/Diversity Awareness)
  • Students will assess the overall experience and ascertain the larger implications of the experience as they apply to the discipline and beyond. (Broader Impact)


Leadership ALEs may additionally address any or all of the following SLOs:

  • Explore leadership abilities
  • Establish fundamental practices of leadership
  • Engage in the development of self efficacy as leaders
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships which support peer-to-peer mentoring