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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 Weeks, 7 - 10 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Instructors

Image of instructor, Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD

Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD 

Associate Professor and Director
Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN)
16,448 Learners
4 Courses
Image of instructor, Prof. Vic Murray, PhD

Prof. Vic Murray, PhD 

Adjunct Professor
School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
16,448 Learners
4 Courses

Offered by

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The State University of New York

Luther College at the University of Regina logo

Luther College at the University of Regina

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Board Operating Procedures, Structures, and Meetings

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 108 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Course 3 Overview Video9m
Course 4 (Capstone Project) Overview6m
Week 1 Lecture25m
Week 1 Guest Interview with Will Brown on Board Engagement7m
Interview with Dr. Laura Schweitzer: Leadership and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations from a Practitioner Perspective43m
Conceptual Framework of the Elements of Board Effectiveness7m
Professor Vic Murray summarizes the design of the board assessment1m
8 readings
Course 3 Teaching and Learning Overview10m
Required and Recommended Texts10m
Week 1 Key Questions and Competencies10m
Week 1 Readings and Resources10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Option 1: Working With a Real Board10m
Option 2: Working With a Fictitious Board10m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The Composition and Development of the Board

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 57 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Week 2 Guest Interview with Pat Bradshaw on Board Diversity22m
Conceptual Framework of the Elements of Board Effectiveness7m
Professor Vic Murray summarizes the design of the board assessment1m
6 readings
Week 2 Key Questions and Competencies10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Option 1: Working With a Real Board10m
Option 2: Working With a Fictitious Board10m
1 practice exercise
Week 220m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Board Culture and Leadership

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 63 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Week 3 Guest Interview with David O. Renz on Governance Beyond the Board12m
Conceptual Framework of the Elements of Board Effectiveness7m
Professor Vic Murray summarizes the design of the board assessment1m
6 readings
Week 3 Key Questions and Competencies10m
Week 3 Readings and Resources10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Option 1: Working With a Real Board10m
Option 2: Working With a Fictitious Board10m
1 practice exercise
Week 320m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Individual Concept Testing and Application

3 hours to complete
2 practice exercises
Readiness Assurance Test (RAT)20m
RAT Application Exercise20m

About the Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization

Identify and analyze leadership and governance issues, create practical ways to improve board performance and work with boards to implement these improvements. This Specialization consists of three courses plus a Capstone Project: (1) Course 1 topics: The unique nature of the nonprofit sector in society; leadership in nonprofit organizations and the governance process. (2) Course 2 topics: The roles and responsibilities of nonprofit organization boards of directors and the challenges in carrying them out effectively. (3) Course 3 topics: The critical factors that impact the ability of the board to govern and how to intentionally change them into positive influences. The Capstone Project: How to help real boards overcome inertia and resistance to change and improve their governance effectiveness in an applied service learning experience. To learn more about the series of courses, please watch the Welcome Video....
Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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