Doctoral Project Abstract
Preparing 21st Century Leaders in the field of Human Services: Creating New Mindsets for Strategic Collaboration and Creative Solutions
We are in an age of turbulent social change. In today's global society the needs of populations such as the poor, the unemployed, children in need, the elderly and the disabled have become greater and more complex than ever before. Our effectiveness in serving and empowering these populations is directly related to our ability to develop competent globally minded leaders who can successfully navigate these unique challenges. Institutions of higher learning play a pivotal role in facilitating this change process.
Cornerstone University (CU), in its commitment to create innovative programs that offer education from a Christian Worldview and meet the changing demands of the 21st century global community, is responding to the challenge. As an initial step, the University has explored the possibility of expanding its program offerings by providing leadership and technical core knowledge training and education for individuals currently working or desiring to work in the field of Human Services.
The program is a 62 credit hour undergraduate program designed to teach students how to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.
Developed through discussion and collaboration with human service leaders, the program integrates theory with practical experiential learning through field-based experiences. The program is aligned with the Council for Standards in Human Services (CSHSE) and their Community Support Skills Standards. Courses focus on the development of skills that will provide services to individuals or groups with a diversity of needs. Specific program learning objectives include:
- Demonstrating knowledge of the core skills necessary in human services.
- Developing communication and problem solving skills needed to function as an effective leader and facilitator.
- Applying leadership principles and practices and ethical decision making from a Christian worldview.
- Developing the sensitivity and ability to work effectively with diverse needs and populations.
- Integrating core knowledge and practical experience in order to analyze and resolve human service needed by a diverse and global population.
This project outlines a detailed strategic plan for the development and implementation of an Associates Degree Program in Human Services (ASHS) in the Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS) Division at Cornerstone University.