Widener University makes sure to send its students out into the world with good leadership skills, as all of its nursing majors attend the Oskin Leadership Institute, where they are taught ethics and other qualities to help them become a good leader, writes Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“You’re not graduating as a nurse. You’re graduating as a nurse leader,” said Arthur Schwartz, founding director of the institute.
The leadership program is not just limited to nursing, as students in a variety of majors are taking required courses in leadership at the institute that opened five years ago. For those wanting to go even further, Widener started offering a leadership minor this year.
Leadership studies are becoming a regular topic at universities across the country, with the subject spanning graduate and undergraduate programs, majors and minors, as well as certificate programs.
“I think there’s a greater appreciation that the role of leadership has really intensified and has become more complex as we have become more global,” said Cynthia Cherrey, president and CEO of the International Leadership Association.
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