Nonprofit Leadership Courses

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2015-2016academic year.

NPL 120
The Leader’s Journey
2 credits

Learning to lead requires reflection. Reflect on leaders’ stories and case studies and apply principles of leadership these real life scenarios. Demonstrate the ability to apply these principles to self and to a leadership project that they are working on for this course.

NPL 201
Leadership, Community and Change
2 credits

Covering the leaders role in community change, have the opportunity to reflect, problem solve, and apply knowledge of leadership to themselves, to their developing professional roles and gain insight as advocates for social change. Emphasizes understanding community development and working with groups through understanding diverse perspectives, collaboration, shared purpose, and resolving controversy with civility. Prerequisite: HDP 122/123.

NPL 510
Organizational Leadership, Mission and Strategy
3 credits

Develop a knowledge base for understanding leadership theories and forms of leadership, organizational theory, building an effective multicultural organization, knowledge of the decision making process, and how to create a mission-driven organization with a focus on excellence.

NPL 520
Organizational Governance
3 credits

Covering skills and knowledge needed for effective organizational governance, this course addresses issues such as legal and ethical aspects of management and leadership; effectively working with boards of directors and trustees; leadership succession; internal structure and policymaking; laws and regulations; creating a culture of excellence; and maintaining an ethical workplace..

NPL 530
Planning, Evaluation, and Marketing
3 credits

Provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of program planning and evaluation, basic marketing theories, logic modeling, change theory, and how to create and sustain effective programs and services.

NPL 540
Nonprofit Budgeting and Financial Management
3 credits

Covers financial analysis and planning, performance measurement and benchmarking, different accounting methods, government rules and regulations, identifying and assessing resources, and revenue generation and constraints.

NPL 610
Leading Organizational Change
3 credits

Covers theories and foundations of change, growth and transformation; the decision-making process; theories of organizational, group and individual behavior in a change context; strategic planning; assessing and analyzing an organization’s strategic/competitive position; and creating change that is inclusive of staff, board and the organization’s various constituencies.

NPL 620
Leading People
3 credits

Focusing on the skills, knowledge and theories needed to create a high engagement, high expectations workplace that respects and encourages the talents and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Students will learn about emerging trends and examine theories of human behavior, issues relevant to supervision and leadership, and personnel management and governance.

NPL 630
Effective Organizational Communication
3 credits

Provides an understanding of how communication defines and drives mission based organizations. Organizational communication approaches and how they apply to nonprofit workplaces will be examined to understand strategies for effective communications. Students will develop tools and skills for communicating effectively with various constituencies and managing public relations activities.

NPL 640
Nonprofit Resource Development
3 credits

Covers the various sources of funding for nonprofits and higher education, students will learn about corporate, government and foundation funding; individual giving and contributions; and how to develop entrepreneurial subsidiaries to produce a new income stream.

NPL 710
Nonprofit Leadership Capstone I
3 credits

Provides critical real-world learning experiences. First course of a 2-semester sequence, students work in groups addressing a priority, issue or service delivery challenge on an area of need identified by a partner nonprofit or higher education institution. Includes a bi-weekly on campus seminar. Prerequisite: Completion of 4 course foundation sequence.

NPL 711
Nonprofit Leadership Capstone II
3 credits

Provides critical real-world learning experiences. First course of a 2-semester sequence, students work in groups addressing a priority, issue or service delivery challenge on an area of need identified by a partner nonprofit or higher education institution. Includes a bi-weekly on campus seminar. Prerequisite: Completion of 4 course foundation sequence and NPL 710.

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