Am I eligible to apply for the program if my one-year anniversary with the school is after the application deadline but before the start of the program?

Applicants must have completed their one-year anniversary with the school before the application deadline.

How often will this program be offered?

For the 2016-17 school year, the program is being offered once during the school year. It is not running during the summer term.

Is it possible for an employee and his/her supervisor to attend in the same cohort?

It is possible for an employee and his/her supervisor to participant in the same cohort if both participants are comfortable with this arrangement. Given the value of applying the learning to personal experience inside the classroom and actively participating in class discussions, some participants may feel most comfortable participating in a cohort separate from a colleague with whom they work closely.

After completion of the program, what are the outcomes? What does it signify?

The Leadership Academy provides an opportunity to invest in an individual’s personal and professional development. Participants completing the program achieve a more holistic perspective on UMCP and how their roles fit into the broader mission and business of the university. Knowledge, skills and networks developed over the course of the program allow participants to not only be more effective in their roles but also to make their day-to-day work experience more enriching.

Will I receive a certificate for completing the program?

Yes, you will receive a certification of completion from the Smith Office of Executive Programs.

Could you have recommendations from both your supervisor and a senior leader?

Yes, you may have two recommendations, though it’s not required. The quality and strength of the supervisor recommendation(s) are important factors in the selection criteria.

Who is serving on the selection committee?

The selection committee is comprised of both senior staff and faculty members and the selection process is facilitated by Smith Human Resources. The application pool and the selection process discussions are kept confidential within the committee.

How much time should participants expect to dedicate to their Action Learning Projects throughout the program?

Approximately 3-5 hours per week.

How big is the cohort?

The cohort can be anywhere from 15-25 participants.

Will there be pre-reading and other prep work?

Yes, each class will have articles and/or chapters assigned as pre-reading in order to allow participants to make the most of their time in the classroom by participating in discussion and applying concepts during in-class exercises. Pre-reading allows more content to be covered in the program, allows participants to apply new concepts to projects and exercises during the program, helping to create a more applied and integrated learning experience. Participants should expect to spend about 2-3 hours on pre-readings and pre-work for each class day.

Does the curriculum take into account that people come from all different backgrounds, not just business?

Yes, participants come from a range of professional and educational backgrounds. Where possible, faculty tailor the curriculum to the university and incorporate the experiences of participants into the class. Small group discussions and team exercises allow for a valuable exchange of ideas and allow participants to contribute based on their experiences and learn from each other.

Was this program modeled after a program at another school?

This program was modeled after Smith School executive education programs with Fortune 500 clients. Our programs incorporate lectures, case studies, hands-on exercises and an experiential Action Learning Project in order to integrate real-world experiences, facilitate learning through a variety of modes including learning by doing, and allow participants to apply their learning to real and immediate business challenges.