40 Students Participating in SPROUT
More than 10 percent of the first year traditional class is taking part in SPROUT, an emerging leader experience established by the Career Development Center and Office of Student Leadership and Engagement in 2011.
Forty students are taking part in the nine-week experience this fall, compared to a range of eight to 13 in the first four semesters, according to Alan Mueller, assistant dean for career development and community learning.
In response to the demand, the students are meeting in two cohorts, each with two staff facilitators and two to three SPROUT graduates who are helping facilitate the experiential program.
“What I love so much about this is that it is 100 percent experiential, cross-divisional, very inexpensive to run and the students sign up for no incentive,” Alan says. “We tell students and parents at open houses that students get no academic credit, no scholarship assistance … not even a t-shirt, and yet they come back for nine weeks in a row to learn about leadership.”
The SPROUT program was profiled in The Beacon in April.