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Viking Leadership Credential

All job candidates look for ways to stand out from the crowd, to get noticed and rewarded for the qualities, skills and capabilities employers want most.  Among the qualities in short supply these days is leadership -- the personal insights and skills of a leader, as well as the experience to go with them. With the Viking Leadership Credential, you can not only gain those skills and polish your natural leadership capabilities, but you can also verify to potential employers that you’ve demonstrated them in a variety of challenging circumstances.

Coursework ... Experiences ... Mentoring
The Viking Leadership Credential is a comprehensive leadership development program that blends academic coursework with experiential learning and mentoring.  You’ll explore the personal, interpersonal, and social dimensions of leadership by engaging in self-development, learning about leading others, and learning about how you can affect your immediate and greater community.  The emphasis is placed on three elements: self, group, and community.

Over several semesters, you’ll have opportunities to integrate classroom coursework with on-campus leadership activities and service learning opportunities.  You’ll be paired with campus and community leaders in mentoring relationships where your mentors will guide you in your leadership growth.  During the last semester of the program, you’ll develop a Leadership Portfolio describing your leadership growth and development during the program, and you’ll present on your leadership experiences to a group of faculty and staff. 

By Application
You will apply for the Viking Leadership Credential in the fall of your sophomore year through an application process that requires a minimum GPA of 2.5. The program consists of 11 credits that will appear as the Viking Leadership Credential on your transcript. 

For more information about VLC, please contact Dr. Alec Zama, Associate Professor of Business and Director of Leadership Credential by phone at 515-263-2970 or by e-mail: azama@grandview.edu.

Coursework

Curricular Activities

  1. LDCR-250 – Foundations of Leadership (3 credits)
  2. LDCR-355 - Leadership Skills (3 credits)
  3. LDCR-450 – Leadership Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Co-Curricular Activities

  1. LDCR-365 – Leadership Practice/Experience I – Viking Leadership Experience (1 credit). For this experience students are required to be involved in a student leadership position on campus
  2. LDCR-375 – Leadership Practice/Experience II – Community Service Experience (1 credit). For this experience students are required to be involved in a leading position for a service project in the community
  3. Mentoring.  There are various types of mentoring relationships throughout the program, for example a peer mentoring relationship with a student in a leadership position at GV, with a faculty or staff member of GV, and/or with a leader from the community.  Also, VLC students in their last semester of the program will act as peer mentors to new VLC students.
Application Process & Requirements

Students must enroll first in LDCR-250-Foundations of Leadership for the fall semester during their first semester of their sophomore year.  While they are taking LDCR-250, students will apply to VLC.  All applications must be completed and submitted to the director of VLC by October 1.  Applications will be reviewed by a group of faculty and staff members of Grand View, and students will be notified by October 30 of their acceptance into the program.

There is a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the program. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 for the coursework in the program (a B average for all components of the program).

 

Duration of the Program

Traditional students can complete the program in three years, starting the program during the first semester of the sophomore year in the fall.  Transfer students can complete the program in two years. 

Students enrolled in the VLC program must complete the following:

Fall - Year 1

  • Enroll in LDCR-250 and complete the course during the first semester of the sophomore year.
  • Students enrolled in LDCR-250 apply for the VLC program. Applications must be completed by October 1. (Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to be accepted in the program.)  
  • Applications are reviewed by a group of GV faculty and staff members and applicants are notified by October 30.

Spring – Year 1 

  • VLC students take LDCR-355
  • Peer mentoring relationship established and completed.
  • VLC students apply for student leadership positions on campus for the following academic year.

Fall - Year 2

  • Leadership service in a student leadership position begins
  • Formal mentoring with a GV faculty member, staff member, administrator, board member, alumni or a community member begins. (Mentoring relationship will be established with one of the members mentioned above.)

Spring – Year 2

  • Students complete LDCR-365
  • Leadership service in a student leadership position continues
  • Formal mentoring with a GV faculty member, staff member, administrator, board member, alumni or a community member continues. Mentoring relationship will be established with one of the members mentioned above.

Fall - Year 3

  • Students complete LDCR-375.
  • Formal mentoring with a GV faculty member, staff member, administrator, board member, alumni or a community member continues. Mentoring relationship will be established with one of the members mentioned above. (Optional)

Spring – Year 3

  • Students complete LDCR – 450: a) Students complete their Leadership Portfolio; b) Students make a presentation on leadership development to the panel.
  • Formal mentoring with a GV faculty member, staff member, administrator, board member, alumni or a community member continues. Mentoring relationship will be established with one of the members mentioned above. (Optional)
  • Students act as mentors to first year VLS students.
  • Leadership Credential awarded (upon completion of all requirements)

 

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