LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: HOW A STUDENT ORGANIZATION DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR CAREERS IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

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This session will present the findings from a study conducted to determine how the …

This session will present the findings from a study conducted to determine how the
decisions and actions of students based on the depth and breadth of participation in
a student association impacts their perception of their own learning and leadership
development in the area of nonprofit management.
Dr. Julianne Gassman, Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Nonprofit
Leadership Alliance, and Angela Widner, Instructor and Assistant Director of the
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, both at the University of Northern Iowa

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  • 1. LeadershipDevelopmentHow a StudentOrganizationDevelopsLeadership Skills forCareers in theNonprofit Sector
  • 2. IntroductionsDr. Julianne GassmanAssociate Professor, University of Northern IowaExecutive Director, Nonprofit Leadership AllianceAngela WidnerInstructor, University of Northern IowaAssistant Director, Nonprofit Leadership AlliancePoll Practice!
  • 3. “Certified Nonprofit Professional”(CNP)Get Certified to Change the Worldwww.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org
  • 4. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, founded in 1948 asAmerican Humanics, is a national alliance of colleges,universities and nonprofit organizations. We are the onlynational organization certifying future and current nonprofitmanagers and leaders according to nationally-validatednonprofit sector workforce preparation standards.Our students meet rigorous academic and experientialrequirements, preparing them for nonprofit sectoremployment.www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.orgThe Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
  • 5. NLA National Nonprofit Partners
  • 6. Requirements• Completion of 10 Nonprofit Competencies• Nonprofit Internship – 300 Hours• Leadership & Service Activities• Bachelors Degree• AMI Attendancewww.nonprofitleadershipalliance.orgEarning the CNP Credential(Certified Nonprofit Professional)
  • 7. www.nonprofitleadershipalliance.orgCommunication, Marketing & PRCultural Competency and DiversityFinancial Resource Development & ManagementFoundations & Management of the Nonprofit SectorGovernance, Leadership & AdvocacyLegal & Ethical Decision MakingPersonal & Professional DevelopmentProgram DevelopmentVolunteer and Human Resource ManagementFuture of the Nonprofit SectorThe Key Competencies
  • 8. Research Question How does involvement in the NonprofitLeadership Alliance Student Associationcontribute to the learning and leadershipdevelopment of students?
  • 9. Methodology Survey constructed in Survey Monkey N=743 Reported Frequencies. Conducted a Kruskal Wallis H test and reported significance at the .05level. Development of Competencies Number of Semesters Student Association Level of Involvement Activities Frequency of Meetings Conducted a Mann-Whitney U Post-Hoc test and reported significanceat the .0167 level.
  • 10. Overview of Demographics 78% Female 40% Alumni, 25% Senior 30% NonprofitManagement Major,12% Pub Ad & SocialSciences Semesters Involved 21% 2 and 4 semesters 15% 1 semester 16% 3 semesters Level of Involvement 15% minimally 45% average 40% highest Frequencies of SA Meetings 30% once a week 30% 2x a month 34% once a month
  • 11.  Conducted a Kruskal Wallis H test and reportedsignificance at the .05 level. How the Development of Competencies areinfluenced by involvement in the StudentAssociation associated with: Number of Semesters Involved Level of Involvement How Often Student Association Meets Conducted a Mann-Whitney U Post-Hoc test andreported significance at the .0167 level.
  • 12. Poll Time!What do you think is the optimal number ofsemesters a student should be involved in astudent organization to achieve the learningobjectives of that organization?
  • 13. Major Findings Students involved at least 3 semesters reportassociation more helpful with development ofcompetencies (no significance between 4 & 5 semesters). Diversity competency no significance at 5+semesters compared to 1-2 semesters. Employability Skills significant at all levels.
  • 14. Major Findings Students involved on average level and at thehighest level all report student association morehelpful.Poll Time! Diversity shows no significance at any level. Ethics and Values and Communication Skills onlysignificant from minimal/average to highest level ofinvolvement. Historical/Phil Foundation only significant fromminimal to average/highly involved.
  • 15. Poll Time!What do you think is the optimal frequencyfor student organization meetings?
  • 16. Major Findings Association meetings at least once a week morehelpful in the Development of Competencies No significance on Diversity, Financial Management, Youth/Adult Development, Career Development, and Communication skills. Employability skills significant at all levels.
  • 17. So… For maximum development of competenciesstudents should be involved in their studentassociation for at least 3 semesters, and be highlyinvolved. In addition for maximum development of theirstudent’s competencies, faculty/staff should havestudent association meetings at least once aweek.
  • 18. Now what about what is happeningwithin the student organization? How are students involved in communityengagement within student organizations? How do community engagement activitiesimpact students’ experience and development?
  • 19. Poll Time! What community engagement activitiesare your students involved in?
  • 20. Community Engagement and theUNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Annual Giving Campaign Service Partnership Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon Advisory Board Case Studies Meet & Greet Nonprofit Explore-A-Ganza
  • 21.  Conducted a Kruskal Wallis H test and reportedsignificance at the .05 level. How the Development of Competencies areinfluenced due to Activities in the StudentAssociation are associated with: Number of Semesters Involved Level of Involvement How Often Student Association Meets Conducted a Mann-Whitney U Post-Hoc test andreported significance at the .0167 level.
  • 22.  Activities helpful to at least 3 semesters(no significance between 4 & 5 semesters). Interaction with advisory board not significantlyhelpful. Attending meetings only significant comparing 1-2semesters and 5+ semesters.Major Findings
  • 23.  Students involved on average level and at thehighest level report student association activitiesmore helpful Letter-writing campaign significant from minimal toaverage/highly involved Grantwriting and AMI only significant fromminimal/average to highly involvedMajor Findings
  • 24.  No real pattern between activities’ impact ondevelopment of activities and frequency ofassociation meetings.Major Findings
  • 25. Pair and Share Why are we involved in communityengagement activities in higher eduation? What objectives are important to define forcommunity engagement activities? What are the most effective communityengagement activities in meeting thoseobjectives? How do you select the communityengagement activities that will be impactfuland enable us to achieve our objectives?
  • 26. Future Research The primary purpose of the research is to analyzethe impact of student involvement in studentorganizations on students’ development in corecompetencies during their experience at theUniversity of Northern Iowa. Almost 400 responses