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Survey of Which Wisconsin Colleges and Universities Have Leadership Programs for Women

Mount Mary College Women's Leadership Institute Newsletter

Mary Mount College located in Milwaukee Wisconsin sponsors an excellent Women's Leadership Institute. (See their entry at the Programs link.) They produce a quarterly newsletter where CLC found an article about the research they conducted to learn what women's organizations in Wisconsin provide Leadership Development for Women programs. The text reads: In March 2009, we contacted 32 organizations by telephone and e-mail and asked them to fill out a brief survey online. The survey stated: "We are interested in learning what other organizations in Wisconsin are doing to prepare women for leadership positions and holding public office. Mount Mary College would like your feedback on leadership development and training for women. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. We would appreciate your assistance in helping us address the needs of women interested in leadership for social justice, public policy or political participation." Follow-up phone calls were made to request and remind people to fill out the survey. Ultimately 72% responded. Following is a summary of the results. When asked, Does your organization have a womens leadership program?: 30% responded, YES. 70%) responded NO. Of those who said, Yes, they identified the focus of their leadership program as follows: (There were multiple responses per respondent.) Business/Entrepreneurial 73% Public Policy 45% Advocacy 45% Political Leadership 27% Social Justice 27% Activism 27% Non-Profit Management 18% Other 18% All Areas & Mass Communications All said that their programs included at least one other category that was not reflected in the survey, so they checked the Other box as well. The Other category included: servant leadership, ethical and values-centered leadership, advancing women in higher education, and faith-based programs.  (End of their article.) Other Questions Asked: 1. Is your program part of the curriculum, and offered for credit? NO 83%; YES 17% 2.If offered outside of the curriculum, is it available to students, faculty & staff? NO 83%; YES (17%) 3.Is it a community-based program offered to women at various levels of leadership? NO (83%; YES 17% 4.Do you track your graduates? None do. 5.How are the outcomes measured? No one reported a system for measuring outcomes. 6. How long has your program been in existence? 20 years - 1 15-20 years - 1 Less than 15 - 1 7 years - 1 No response - 2 7. What is the total number of graduates since programs inception? No one gave an exact estimated number. 8. What is the background of women who attend your programs? Education Leadership 67% Non-Profit Leadership 67% Entrepreneurship 33% Corporate Life 33% Faith Communities 17% All said that their programs included at least one other category that was not reflected in the survey, so they checked the Other box as well. The Other category included: servant leadership, ethical and values-centered leadership, advancing women in higher education, and faith-based programs.  (End of their article.) CLC suggests: 1.This kind of research needs to be done in every state. 2.The survey should include more than just womens organizations. 3.Program administrators should get feedback from their graduates, both short-term and long-term. Results. The "Women's Leadership Institute" Newsletter is published by the Women's Leadership Institute of Mount Mary College. Gerhardinger Center, Room 108 Mount Mary College Executive Director: Yvonne Lumsden-Dill 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222-4597 Phone: (414) 443-3631 Fax: (414) 443-3607 www.mtmary.edu/womensleadership.htm E-Mail: womenldr@mtmary.edu

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