Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chair
Integrative Leadership Studies Program
During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, the Interdisciplinary Studies Executive Committee (Faculty Members: Catherine Henze [Chair], Phil Clampitt, Greg Davis, Sara Detweiler, Warren Johnson, William Lepley, Chuck Rybak, and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges) held a number of intense meetings about the current name of the program. One major reason for the discussion was feedback from current students and our graduates about the marketability of the current name. After numerous discussions it became clear that the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name did not express the wonderful degree that we are offering.
By the end of year, the committee decided that the name, Integrative Leadership Studies, was one that better resonated with employers and reflected our programmatic aims. The term “integrative” reflects our interdisciplinary focus while “leadership” mirrors the aspirations of most of our students. And the word “studies” resonates with our academic traditions.
Our hope is that the name change will increase the value of your degree, enhance your job prospects, and help you advance in your career. In the section below, we’ve tried to answer the most frequent questions you might have about the change. If you have other concerns, please talk to your academic advisor.
Why was the decision made?
We received a great deal of feedback from current students and graduates that the current name (Interdisciplinary Studies) did not accurately and fully reflect the nature of this degree. We also wanted a name that would better resonate with current and prospective employers.
How was the decision made?
The discussions of this issue within the IST Faculty Executive Committee started in September of 2013 and extended throughout the academic year. The decision process involved the following steps:
- Identification of key attributes of any potential names (e.g. resonates and is reflective)
- Development of a list of possible names (12 plus variants on the names)
- Analysis of pros/cons of the alternatives
- Selection of the name (e.g. voting by Executive Committee members)
What will not change?
About 95% of the classes will stay essentially the same. Over time we expect subtle shifts to create links to the Integrative Leadership Studies orientation. The instructors will stay the same.
What will change?
- The marketing of the program. This has already started and early reports suggest that new name does indeed resonate more quickly with prospective students.
- The first-year seminar (IST 106) and the capstone course (IST 400). These will more fully reflect the leadership studies orientation and will be renamed ILS 198 and ILS 499.
- The number of students. The new marketing approach should increase the attractiveness of the program.
How will this change benefit the university?
- It should attract more students.
- It will enhance the program’s reputation in the community.
- There will be more financial security for the program and university.
Will this change my area of emphasis?
What will it say on my transcript?
All students who enroll starting in the Fall of 2014 will have the title Integrative Leadership Studies as their major.
I signed up under the “Interdisciplinary Studies” name. Will my degree change?
Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2014 will have the title Interdisciplinary Studies as their major. If a student would like to change to the Integrative Leadership Studies title, they should consult with their academic advisor to make that change.
When will the change go into effect?
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Contact your academic advisor or you can always contact me, Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chairperson of the Integrative Leadership Studies Executive Committee, at (920) 465-2479. I can also be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.