The goal of CLC is to help our Scholars realize their potential and become confident in their approach to life and commitment to community. The program focuses on accelerated development in the following areas:
1) Leadership studies
2) Applied leadership experience
3) Community involvement
4) Personal and professional development
The Chancellor's Leadership Class (CLC) is a four-year undergraduate leadership development program at UCCS initiated in 1997 by Chancellor Linda Bunnell Shade. In 2001, the program became more structured, received more staff support, and was able to offer students substantial scholarships as a result of an initial grant from El Pomar Foundation and participation In the Colorado Leadership Alliance.
Scholars take three courses in Leadership Studies to learn more about leadership theory, study the leadership styles of past and present leaders, and develop a clearer understanding of their own leadership traits. The third class in the series is a capstone experience where scholars apply their leadership skills to a special project in a nonprofit organization or business in the community.
Scholars participate in individual and group service-learning projects that provide them with an opportunity to explore the communities in which they live, learn about the needs of individuals and organizations, and make a difference in the lives of others. Scholars are encouraged to identify and select projects in which they can make unique and meaningful contributions and then share and reflect upon these experiences in their classes. Despite the fact that many of ourscholars work part-time and manage heavy course loads, they are required to complete 70 hours of service each semester during their first year in the program.
Most students exceed the required number of service hours! As scholars progress through the program, the amount of hours decrease as the level of engagement with service projects increase.
All scholars in CLC meet every Wednesday evening in the fall and spring semesters. At these seminars you will listen to inspirational leaders, discuss current events and leadership ethics, and practice leadership skills.
Scholars develop their leadership skills by practicing effective communication, diversity appreciation, social responsibility, intellectual growth, collaboration, and realistic self-appraisal. This spring, for example, scholars will participate in etiquette training, learn more about their personal health and wellness, practice professionalism and public speaking, and gain knowledge about critical issues facing our nation and the world. After a scholars first year, they practice role-modeling as a mentor to their fellow classmates. Upperclassmen are paired with new scholars and work together throughout the year to provide additional academic and personal support. Community leaders also serve as mentors toeach of our scholars. This gives them the academic and career advice they need to be successful when they enter the job market.
The overall program requires a substantial time commitment - community service, weekly seminars, and additional program activities. The student body at UCCS is unique in that over 80% of our students are employed either on campus or close to campus. Many of the students in CLC have significant financial need and have more than one job. Providing CLC students with a $4,000 annual scholarship enables them to spend more time focusing on their leadership development and discovering their passion through community service.