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Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION   1                                 Capstone:               ...
Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION                                                 1           ...
Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION                    1This Capstone project demonstrates how t...
Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION                         1       As Neumann University gradua...
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Capstone neumann university gsa proposal

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Capstone neumann university gsa proposal

  1. 1. Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION 1 Capstone: Neumann University GSA Proposal May 12, 2011 Nolan L. Fontaine Michelle Hart Pleasantte T. Kinsler-Johnson Claudinia D. Lowe Thomas M. Matys Neumann University Table of Contents
  2. 2. Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION 1 PageAbstract..................................................................................................3The Capstone Project............................................................................ 4 Purpose of the Project................................................................4 Research Questions....................................................................8 The Framework..........................................................................9Literature Review.................................................................................10 Needs Assessment of Graduate Students.................................10 Challenges of Online Knowledge Sharing...............................12 Knowledge Management.........................................................12 Servant Leadership...................................................................15 Moral Leadership and Social Responsibility..........................18 Green Initiatives.......................................................................20Research Methodology........................................................................21Data Analysis and Results...................................................................24GSA Governance.................................................................................33Conclusion...........................................................................................35Recommendations................................................................................36Lessons Learned...................................................................................38References............................................................................................41Appendices...........................................................................................44 Abstract
  3. 3. Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION 1This Capstone project demonstrates how the idea for a Graduate Student Association(GSA) was developed and recommends a GSA advocacy group that can hopefullybecome a reality at Neumann University. The proposed GSA will provide a consistentand continuous channel of communication, knowledge, and support between faculty andcurrent and future students enrolled in all graduate programs and emphasize continuousknowledge management and servant leadership between each cohort within a specificgraduate program. The Graduate Student Association will be constant, reliable, andfocused on the needs of its members and advocate for positive outcomes betweenNeumann University and its affiliates. “We must become the change we want to see.” Mahatma Gandhi “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 Capstone: Neumann University GSA Proposal The Capstone Project
  4. 4. Running Head: NEUMANN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION 1 As Neumann University graduate students, we have been provided with manyexcellent learning opportunities. Our studies in strategic leadership are concluding, butthis study will show that our projected journey is just beginning. We are 5 studentsfulfilling the requirements for graduation by completing our Capstone project. At thebase of our commitment is a shared sense of humility and a willingness to serve others.These concepts are at the very foundation of our Franciscan traditions. NeumannUniversity stands firmly on these practices, and so does this academic team of graduatestudents. The proposed GSA will provide a channel for communication, knowledge, andsupport for all graduate students, faculty, and mentors. We hope that each succeedinggraduating class of the Strategic Leadership Program at Neumann University will beattracted—and encouraged—to join the GSA. After going through the necessaryuniversity channels for the initial approvals (a process that has already begun), thisproposed GSA will be the first association developed for graduate students at NeumannUniversity. Based on our experiences, we feel that the proposed GSA could also serveincoming graduate students who are planning to earn master’s degrees; this GSA wouldbe able to assist graduate students to anticipate conflicts ahead of time, and identifyadaptive changes as their curriculum progresses. This proposed GSA will also serve as a clearinghouse for disputes or hardshipspertaining to the students’ ability to fulfill their educational goals at Neumann. Theproposed GSA will strive to communicate and assemble a core group of alumni asadvisors and to share knowledge with incoming cohorts. The association will help polishand cultivate members to be leaders in the secular statistical subpopulation by sponsoring

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