Southeast Missouri State University student publication

The Emerging Leaders Tradition

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 3:50 PM

I am fortunate to have many great memories of my time at Southeast. Many of these were with outstanding faculty and some great mentors outside the classroom that all helped shape my personal and professional development. Now, many years later, some of these same program and opportunities that were afforded to me have been placed in my care as the Associate Vice President for Student Life. This week I saw the materials going around campus advertising the Emerging Leaders program and want to share what a great program this is!

The Emerging Leaders program has been around for many years, in fact it is often not called this, but it really is a Southeast tradition. I participated in this program in 1994, as did my wife Tonya. Now, almost 25 years later, I was examining the success of the program and how it is still impacting students at Southeast. One of the items that caught my attention was the efforts to assess the program and its impact on students. Assessment in student affairs can be a challenge, as isolating the independent variable can be difficult, and since we are working with students you never have identical control and test groups. Even with these limits, there is solid evidence of the program’s impacts. Based on 2016 data, listed below are 5 of the 42 the items that showed the greatest change and where the change was statistically significant level was at a .05 level.

Note: Questions are on a 5 point scale, 1 being seldom or rarely, 5 being very frequently.

  • Question #1- I am comfortable when there is no plan or instructions.
  • Pre-test Average= 2.4
  • Post-test Average= 3.7
  • Change= 35% increase in comfort level by participants.

  • Question #21- I write goals for myself for the month/semester/year.
  • Pre-test Average= 2.4
  • Post-test Average= 3.8
  • Change= 36% increase in goal setting by participants.

  • Question #17- I confront fellow team members when conflict occurs amongst the group.
  • Pre-test Average= 3.3
  • Post-test Average= 4.3
  • Change= 24% increase in participants ability to confront team members when there is a conflict.

  • Questions #19- When I delegate responsibilities to others, I allow them to complete the task alone.
  • Pre-test Average= 2.7
  • Post-test Average= 3.9
  • Change= A 31% increase in the comfort level by participants in effetely delegating.

  • Question #23- I provide opportunities for others to take on leadership responsibilities.
  • Pre-test Average= 3.2
  • Post-test Average= 4.3
  • Change= 26% increase in participants ability to provide others with leadership opportunities.

There are improvements in other areas; however, these five are highlighted to provide an example of the success of the Emerging Leaders program. I think as an institution we should be proud of this program, one that dates back to the 1980s and one that shows both qualitative and quantitative evidence of its success.

If you are interested in joining this Southeast tradition now is the time. Applications are available online and more information is available at the Emerging Leaders website. Your application must be received by 4:00 p.m. CST on Friday, November 10.