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The Mount Awarded Grant to Support Leadership Courses

AACUEmmitsburg, Maryland – Mount St. Mary’s University’s Institute for Leadership recently earned a faculty development seminar grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU).

The grant, offered through AACU’s “Bringing Theory to Practice Project,” will fund a development seminar to assist Mount faculty in creating leadership courses supporting the university’s recently adopted Veritas program the Mount’s common educational experience. The seminar will take place in May.

“These courses will greatly enhance the leadership component of Veritas and support the Mount’s mission of graduating well-rounded individuals prepared to lead,” said Paul Manuel, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Leadership. “We are thankful for this award from AACU.”

Within Veritas, the Mount has established creative and comprehensive ways connecting classroom theory to practice. One solution was the adoption of the Veritas Student Leadership Portfolio as a graduation requirement for all students. Each student must complete a course with a leadership dimension in the portfolio, including the preparation of a term paper integrating reflection on leadership qualities with their own experiences.

“Without forcing uniformity, we seek a common understanding among faculty on how theory can be brought to practice in the leadership courses they teach, and in the assignments they require of students,” said Dr. Manuel. 

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