Late in the Spring 2004 semester, Coleman Patterson became
director of the HSU Leadership Studies Program. Since
then, the program has grown in size, reach, and influence.
The academic rigor and acceptance of the program has improved,
the quality and expectations of the students has improved, the
inclusion of faculty from different areas of campus has
increased, and the variety and flexibility of course offerings
has increased. The scholarship program is more
competitive, has higher renewal requirements, includes
merit-based award levels, and requires one-quarter of the
funds used in Patterson's first year as director. The
following program information is drawn from a variety of
promotional and informational publications.
WHY STUDY LEADERSHIP?
Schools, churches, businesses, non-profit organizations,
social movements, and governments depend on vibrant and
competent leadership to thrive. Organizations of all types are
in desperate and constant need of effective leaders—individuals
who can make extraordinary things happen through and with other
Just as budding athletes, artists, and musicians develop and
improve their skills more fully and efficiently through lessons
and study, rather than learning only through personal trial and
error, so too can students of leadership develop understanding
and skills more efficiently through study and practice than
those who only learn independently through personal experience.
The Leadership Studies Program puts students into an environment
where they wrestle with the concepts and skills of leadership
through in-class and out-of-class experiences.
Students who complete the program emerge having investigated
and studied: historical and contemporary views and theories of
leadership; the individual, group, and organizational processes
that influence leadership; the role of ethics in leadership;
biographies of good and bad leaders; and the core communication,
problem-solving, teamwork, motivation, and personal skills
needed by leaders of all types of organizations.
The opportunities and experiences that students have at their
disposal through the Leadership Studies Program exist to help
them distinguish themselves from the countless other college
graduates with whom they will compete for jobs, internships,
scholarships, and other important opportunities.
The Leadership Studies
Program at HSU is a 21-hour multi-disciplinary minor that fits
with any major on campus. The classes and experiences of the
program are designed to help students develop leadership,
teamwork, and organization skills while still in college and to
offer them opportunities to distinguish themselves from others
with whom they will compete for future jobs, scholarships, and
other important opportunities. Students in the program come
from many different academic areas of campus—including nursing,
business, computer science, English, biology, ministry, music,
education, communication, history, political science, Spanish,
social work, religion, psychology, fitness and sport science,
Students can also take leadership courses as electives under
their particular degree plans. The coursework is designed to
emphasize theory as well as application and skill development.
choose from an interesting array of classes. In the current
year, the following courses have been available to our students.
Theatre—students develop confidence speaking and working
with others by directing and performing one-act plays and
putting on a full-blown theatrical performance for children
from after school programs.
Film—popular movies become case studies for students to
identify and evaluate leadership and organizational
Leadership—students work individually and in teams to
complete a multitude of outdoor skills challenges (including
ropes courses, rappelling, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking,
and adventure course races).
Making—game theory, creativity, decision theory, and
quantitative decision tools are studied and used to solve a
wide range of practical and organizational problems.
Teams—in this summer workshop class, students combine their
efforts to produce a complex web-based project.
Behavior—students learn about behavior in organizations in a
cross-cultural setting with students from a dozen other
countries in this summer school class held at The
International University in Vienna, Austria.
Builders—after studying people who built companies and
organizations, students see the fruits of their labor
firsthand and talk with executives who carry on their
legacies in this summer travel course.
Other recent courses
include Critical Thinking for Leaders, Great Leaders of History,
Foundations of Leadership Studies, Leadership Seminar,
Communication for Leaders, Change in Organizations, Christian
Ethics for Leaders, Business Concepts for Leaders, Leading
Teams, and Creating Profit and Non-Profit Ventures.
Program students have tremendous networking opportunities
available to them. Our students serve as the official student
hosts and hostesses of the university, occupy two seats on the
alumni association board of directors, and can participate in an
alumni-student mentor program with former leadership students.
Leadership students can be found in leadership roles across
campus—in student congress, on sports teams, in social clubs and
professional organizations, in ministry and missions activities,
and across campus working in variety of responsible positions.
Graduates of our program go on to a wide variety of professional
and service fields—including one who works for a U.S. Supreme
Court Justice! Book clubs, service projects, retreats, and
monthly program activities help round out the experiences for
Additional information on our program can be found on our
HSU website or through our
Leadership students pursue a rigorous program of study rooted
in leadership theory, organizational psychology, organizational
sociology, administrative theory, and ethics. Skill development
is learned in communication, critical thinking, and special
topics courses and in leadership workshops.
The curriculum emphasizes inquiry, understanding, skill
development, practice, and reflection. In-class study, class
exercises, service projects, and leadership workshops provide an
environment where students can study and develop an
understanding of leadership.
To earn a minor in Leadership Studies, students must complete
a set of three core leadership courses and four additional
leadership elective courses. Foundations of Leadership
Studies (LDSP 1301) is the first course in the program—it is
a prerequisite to all other courses. Once completed, students
are free to take any other course.
Foundations of Leadership Studies
Christian Ethics for Leaders
(choose four of the following
Communication for Leaders
Great Leaders of History
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Leadership in Theatre
Creating Profit and Non-Profit Ventures
Business Concepts for Leaders
Leadership in Film
Organizational Behavior—taught in Vienna, Austria
Special Topics Course
Change in Organizations
Leading Multi-Cultural Organizations
Organizational Builders travel course to Kansas City
Sport and Recreation Management Seminar
Leadership Workshops included creating a portable
miniature city for children, hosting a leadership camp
for high school students, and writing and creating a
Organizations of all types desperately need leaders--people
who can see opportunities and problems before others, and people
who have the energy, drive, passion, and interest to jump on
those things without being told what to do. Society needs people
who can critically analyze their environments and mobilize
others in the pursuit of common goals. People, communication,
problem-solving, analytical, and strategic thinking skills are
needed of would-be leaders.
The LDSP Program helps develop awareness of leadership concepts
and places students in situations to practice those necessary
skills. As a multi-disciplinary program, students learn of
issues and ideas from outside of their chosen field by
interacting and working with students and faculty from many
different disciplines--much more than they could gain from their
single discipline alone.
Through the program, students also engage in activities and
experiences that cannot be found in a single academic program.
Ideas and experiences from management, business, theology,
philosophy, history, public administration, political science,
sport and recreation management, and communication make for a
unique set of experiences that are hard to find in another
The diverse academic experiences, when combined with the unique
experiences and opportunities of the program (e.g., hosts and
hostesses, late nights, service opportunities, SIFE career
connections, ropes courses and outdoor adventures, book clubs,
advisory group participation, travel courses, projects, etc.),
give students something rare and extremely hard to find on other
The things and experiences that you have at your disposal
through the LDSP exist to help you distinguish yourself from the
countless other college graduates with whom you will compete for
jobs, internships, scholarships, and other important
By participating in the program and developing a portfolio of
experiences, you will prepare yourself for leadership roles in
society and in the process, set yourself apart from your
If a "leadership hungry" employer is looking at the resumes of
two equally-experienced candidates (with the same majors),
imagine the advantage of the candidate with a Leadership Studies
At the end of each spring semester,
students will submit a portfolio that documents their leadership
experiences from that academic year. Portfolios should clearly
demonstrate the leadership, teamwork, and organization lessons
learned over the academic year and provide evidence of the
leadership in the classroom, on campus, in church, and in the
Portfolios should be created in a manner
and form appropriate for each student’s particular career and
educational goals. Although there is not a specific format to
which portfolios must conform, they should include the following
Classes: Describe the courses that you completed during
the year, the topics learned, lessons learned about yourself and
leadership/organization, experiences and exercises, and projects
completed. You should also list and describe the books and
literature read, speakers heard, and videos watched.
Organizational Memberships: Describe the organizations
that you belonged to during the year, describe the leadership
and team roles that you engaged in during the year in the
organizations, and describe significant projects and things that
you did in the organization. Organizational memberships might
include campus organizations, church and ministry organizations,
athletic and intramural teams, on- and off-campus employment,
Purple Coats, LDSP Advisory Board, band and choir, social and
service clubs, etc.
Service and Extracurricular Involvement: Describe service
activities and other extracurricular events in which you
participated and took on leadership roles. Organizing a team
for Relay for Life, participating in the LDSP retreats and Late
Nights, organizing and helping with SIFE projects, and a host of
other service/volunteer-related activities can fall in this
You should document all of your yearly
experiences with pictures, programs, letters of correspondence
and thanks, news stories, etc.
There is a three-fold purpose for
developing and maintaining portfolios. The first reason has to
do with outcomes assessment for the Leadership Studies Program.
As an academic program, we have to show that our students are
learning the things that the program exists to teach. The
second reason is that it will give you something to show to
employers and admissions committees down the road—by combining
the yearly portfolios into a single, comprehensive portfolio at
the end of your time in the program, you will have a very
impressive document to show to influential and important others
in the future. Your portfolio will help set you apart from
others in the minds of future interviewers and employers. The
third reason for constructing and maintaining a portfolio
involves the LDSP scholarships. Portfolios will be used to
award LDSP scholarship funds for the next academic year. You
should do your best job in creating your portfolio to increase
your chances of earning additional scholarship money.
Scholarship awards will not be made until
portfolios are submitted and reviewed (which will be after
spring grades are processed). Failure to submit a portfolio by
the end of the spring semester of each year will be interpreted
as an indication that the student does not wish to be considered
for a scholarship for the next academic year. Students who
submit their portfolios late may receive scholarship funds for
the next year pending an acceptable evaluation and availability
of scholarship funds.
Students on the LDSP Student Advisory
Council developed the following policies. Their charge was to
develop a reward scheme that encouraged LDSP students to remain
active in LDSP activities throughout their time at HSU (even
during semesters when they are not enrolled in LDSP courses) and
to reward exceptional performance—in and out of the classroom.
(Note: Requirement #5 was added by the LDSP Student Advisory
Council in the Fall 2008 semester and became effective
Scholarships will be awarded in the spring semester of
each year for the upcoming academic year. Students who enter
the program in the spring semester will apply for scholarships
for the next academic year during their first semester.
First-year scholarship will be for $1,000
($500/semester). Students will have to complete at least three
hours of LDSP credit during their first year on the scholarship
and submit a portfolio at the end of the year.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (overall and in LDSP
courses) is required to earn and maintain the LDSP scholarship.
At the end of each year on scholarship, students will
submit yearly portfolios—which will be reviewed by a scholarship
review panel. Portfolios should be professional-looking—good
enough to take to a job or graduate school interview. The
panelists will review the portfolios and place them into one of
Outstanding—two students will be named the Outstanding
Leadership Students of the Year based upon the reviews and
recommendations of the Portfolio/Scholarship Review Committee.
Those two students will receive $2,500 scholarships ($1,250 per
semester) for the upcoming year, a plaque, and the title
“Outstanding Leadership Student.”
Exceptional—for those portfolios that demonstrate
exceptional leadership and involvement in campus, community, and
church activities, students will earn an additional $500 per
year ($250 per semester) on top of their base $1,000 per year
($500 per semester) scholarship. There is no requirement on the
percentage of portfolios that fall in this category.
Good/Acceptable—students whose activities and involvement
are deemed good (or acceptable) will receive a $1,000
scholarship per year ($500 per semester) for the next academic
year. There is no requirement on the percentage of portfolios
that fall in this category.
Unacceptable—students who activities and involvement are
deemed unacceptable or below expectations, will be placed on
probation and will have one semester to raise their performance
before losing the scholarship for the remainder of the year.
LDSP students are allowed only one semester of probation during
their time in the program. If a student improves performance
during a semester on probation and continues to receive a
scholarship, and later receives another Unacceptable rating in a
future year, the student will immediately lose the scholarship
and will have to reapply for it in a future spring semester
along with other interested candidates.
In addition to the bonuses that can be earned through
exceptional and outstanding involvement in campus, church, and
community organizations, students can also increase their
scholarship awards through exceptional performance in the
classroom. Full-time students who earn a 3.5 or higher overall
grade point average with a full load of classes, can earn an
academic performance bonus of $500 ($250 per semester) for the
next academic year. Grade point averages will be reviewed after
the spring semester of each year and academic performance
bonuses will only be awarded at that time and will be good for
the next fall and spring semesters.
To renew the LDSP scholarship, students must regularly
participate in LDSP-sponsored activities throughout their time
on scholarship (again, you should view the scholarship as an
investment by HSU in your leadership development). These
include, but are not limited to, Late Nights, Retreats, LDSP
social events, Purple Jacket events, book clubs, participation
on the Student Advisory Council, and other special events (e.g.,
speakers, service opportunities, etc.). Points will be awarded
for each activity (one point for most events, two points for
those with longer time commitments).
To be eligible
for scholarship renewal, students must earn a minimum of 12
points during a Fall-Spring academic year. In the year that
students are enrolled in Foundations of Leadership Studies, they
will be expected to earn six additional points in the following
Spring semester. Any points earned above the minimum number
improve a student’s chances of receiving an “exceptional” or
“outstanding” involvement and activities rating on their
portfolios—in conjunction with involvement in other activities
and a professional-looking portfolio.
In addition to the new scholarship guidelines, the old
requirements about academic probation for grades and the
requirement for progress toward the minor are still in effect.
To receive and maintain a
scholarship, a 3.0 grade point average in all coursework at HSU
and a 3.0 grade point average in leadership classes is required.
If a student's overall or leadership grade point average drops
below a 3.0, the student will be placed on probation at the time
of the portfolio review. If the overall and/or leadership grade
point average does not rise above 3.0 during the semester on
probation, the student will lose his/her scholarship. Only one
semester of probation is allowed throughout the program.
In addition to the grade point
average requirement, students on scholarship must also make
continued progress toward the minor. Three hours toward the
minor must be earned by the end of the first year on
scholarship, nine by the end of the second year, 15 by the end
of the third, and 21 hours earned by the end of the fourth year
on scholarship. Students who complete the minor before their
senior year may continue to receive the scholarship provided
that the student maintains a 3.0 overall grade point average and
receive satisfactory ratings on their portfolios each year.
Scholarship applications are accepted and reviewed during the
spring semester of each year.