The Impact of Nonprofit Academic Programs on
the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership
Management

    Heather Carpenter
    Ca...
This presentation



COMMUNITY IMPACT

-What does the literature say – how is impact defined?

-Traditional Research - Non...
What does the literature say –
  how is impact defined?


             Nonprofit Management Education




                ...
Disconnect between the three fields of
literature


Little research
– Nonprofit management education’s impact in the commu...
Recommendations: Learning from one
another




                            Nonprofit Management
Service-Learning          ...
Traditional Research – Evaluation of
Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Graduate Degree Program


Alumni perspectives:
• ...
Results – Career Change &
Satisfaction


• Career Change
– 66.7% (30) made a career change
– 58.7% (27) increased in incom...
Results – Applied Projects


• 93.0% (40) reported that applied projects enhanced
leadership abilities.

• 84.1% (37) repo...
Alumni Comment



“I am often called up to be the expert in
nonprofit issues for my organization during
everyday issues, b...
Community Research –
Impact of Student Applied Projects
in local Nonprofit Organizations


Evaluating the impact student a...
The Projects


• 300 projects completed 2002-2007.

• Projects have been created for 130 nonprofit organizations.

• 30% o...
Research Questions



•  Are projects being used by organizations?
•  How long are projects being used?
•  Do these factor...
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The Impact of Nonprofit Academic Programs on the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

  1. 1. The Impact of Nonprofit Academic Programs on the Practice of Nonprofit Leadership Management Heather Carpenter Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research University of San Diego
  2. 2. This presentation COMMUNITY IMPACT -What does the literature say – how is impact defined? -Traditional Research - Nonprofit Graduate Alumni Study -Community Research -Applied Project Assessment
  3. 3. What does the literature say – how is impact defined? Nonprofit Management Education Capacity-Building Service-Learning For Nonprofits Three fields of literature – measuring community impact
  4. 4. Disconnect between the three fields of literature Little research – Nonprofit management education’s impact in the community. – Measuring the impact of service-learning in the community. – Service-learning as a capacity-building tool for nonprofit organizations. – Adult learners engaging in service-learning projects.
  5. 5. Recommendations: Learning from one another Nonprofit Management Service-Learning Nonprofit Management Education Service-Learning Education -Measuring -What -Adult -Evaluate all community nonprofits Learners components impact use to of degree measure program capacity Capacity-Building for Nonprofits -Service- Capacity-Building learning for Nonprofits projects as a capacity- -Empirical studies building tool
  6. 6. Traditional Research – Evaluation of Nonprofit Leadership and Management Graduate Degree Program Alumni perspectives: • How well the program learning outcomes prepared them for their profession roles • How their professional roles may have changed as a result of this preparation • Their level of satisfaction with the various components of the program and with the program as a whole • Their current level of involvement with the program
  7. 7. Results – Career Change & Satisfaction • Career Change – 66.7% (30) made a career change – 58.7% (27) increased in income – 75% (33) apply knowledge daily • Overall Satisfaction: 95.2%
  8. 8. Results – Applied Projects • 93.0% (40) reported that applied projects enhanced leadership abilities. • 84.1% (37) reported that applied projects impacted career. “They allowed me the opportunity to take on a new challenge that went beyond academics while addressing the real needs of actual nonprofits.”
  9. 9. Alumni Comment “I am often called up to be the expert in nonprofit issues for my organization during everyday issues, board meetings, and outreach opportunities. The knowledge I bring to the table has helped grow my importance with my organization.”
  10. 10. Community Research – Impact of Student Applied Projects in local Nonprofit Organizations Evaluating the impact student applied projects have on nonprofit organizations. Type of Impact Duration of Impact Students complete applied projects in each course during Nonprofit Leadership and Management Masters program. Each cohort completes approximately 75 projects.
  11. 11. The Projects • 300 projects completed 2002-2007. • Projects have been created for 130 nonprofit organizations. • 30% of projects are included in student’s final portfolios.
  12. 12. Research Questions •  Are projects being used by organizations? •  How long are projects being used? •  Do these factors influence impact or use of project? –  Relationship between the student and the organization; –  Need for project, and; –  Internal support for the project.

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