In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Lawrence Tech's Leadership Curriculum is distinctive because it is the first of its kind to require all degree-seeking undergraduate students on the main campus to enroll in core courses and workshops dedicated to leadership development and experience. As a technological university, we are committed to graduating students who have practiced and developed the skills in their specific disciplines. Lawrence Tech has taken its commitment even further by creating a comprehensive leadership curriculum so that students graduate with both the technological and leadership skills they need to be successful in their professional and personal lives.
A task force made up of faculty representation from each college was formed in 2005 to investigate possibilities for an undergraduate leadership curriculum to address the educational goals of the University. After researching and benchmarking other universities with leadership programs, the task force proposed a four-year phased-in curriculum with leadership components in each undergraduate year.
Meanwhile, President Lewis N. Walker announced leadership development as a goal for undergraduate students. This announcement was followed by the Strategic Plan 2007 which identifies the phased-in leadership education program as one of the objectives.
The Leadership Curriculum Implementation Committee (LCIC) began implementing the leadership curriculum during fall 2007 with leadership components built into University Seminar. Each year, a new component of the leadership curriculum will be incorporated into the undergraduate academic programs. All incoming students for the fall 2009 and later are required to complete the four-year curriculum as part of their undergraduate education at Lawrence Tech.
The mission of the Office of Leadership Programs is to ensure Lawrence Tech students engage in experiences that will enable them to learn and develop the leadership skills they need to make positive contributions to society and professionally.
The primary goal of the leadership curriculum is to see that undergraduates will receive an education that enables them to develop, practice, and exhibit leadership and innovation skills. This goal is supported by the following outcomes:
- Graduates will have had experiences that promote a high level of professionalism and integrity, responsible decision making, confidence in approaching opportunities, and pride in their abilities;
- Graduates will have had experiences that promote the understanding of themselves and others, sensitivity to other cultures in the context of globalization, and interpersonal skills;
- Graduates will have had experiences that promote the ability to analyze unfamiliar situations, assess risk, and formulate plans of action;
- Graduates will have been made aware of the importance of lifelong learning; and,
- Graduates will have had experiences that promote a global and societal perspective.
Leadership CoursesFreshman Year- University Seminar
Sophomore Year- Leadership Models and Practices
Junior Year- Leadership Seminar Series
Senior Year- Leadership Capstone