Global Leadership Programs

Structure, Implementation, and Assessment

Summary

Global leadership programs enable institutions to expand their global presence, while also providing students the opportunity to develop valuable skills in cross-cultural understanding and foreign language proficiency. This report explores the structure, requirements, and evaluation of global leadership programs at public and private institutions around the world.

Key observations from our research

1. The formats of global leadership programs at profiled institutions include co-curricular programs, integrated curriculum programs, academic/student exchange programs, and graduate/post-doctoral research funding programs.

2. Administrators develop global leadership programs to increase student retention and engagement and to expand their institutions’ global presence.

3. Funding sources for global leadership programs include student fees, private donations, and institutional and departmental allocations.

4. Program requirements include academic courses, internships, study abroad, and research projects; opportunities for program participants include lecture series, speakers, volunteer work, and academic competitions.

5. Global leadership program directors recruit students through social media, program websites, and word of mouth from faculty, advisors, and current participants.

6. Directors believe that global leadership programs meet their intended purpose, and program staff gather feedback from participants through surveys, focus groups, and anecdotal evidence.

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