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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership Major

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B.P.S Organizational Leadership Major Requirements:

Nina Morel, Dean



Lipscomb University has launched the first and only competency-based education program approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership. This program is based on the research of Organization Systems International (OSI), using OSI’s Polaris® competency model. Polaris includes 41 communication, interpersonal, leadership, personal, contextual, management, and conceptual competencies.  Other organizations utilizing OSI’s unique competency system include Wendy’s International Inc., Service Master, Nike, Petco and AT&T. While OSI has worked with a small number of higher education institutions, Lipscomb is truly the pioneer of a degree program based on this competency model.

Distinctive Attributes of the Organizational Leadership Major

The College of Professional Studies offers competency-based assessments through our CORE Assessment Center. Students with two or more years of professional or military experience may be assessed in 15 competency areas. For the B.P.S. degree, students who are assessed at a Level 2 (3000-level) or above badge can transcribe college credit toward their major. Students placing at Level 1 (2000-level) may receive elective credit. Students may apply up to 30 credits earned through competency assessment toward their B.P.S. degree. In addition to credits, students will receive an electronic or digital badge for each level of competency they demonstrate in the CORE Assessment Center, beginning at Level 1. Students who visit the CORE Assessment Center but do not demonstrate competency at the level needed for their degree will then register for an online, self-paced module that includes activities and personal coaching with a faculty member to help them reach the necessary or desired competency level.

Students may earn up to 30 credits through competency-based behavioral assessment. Since Lipscomb is assessing and awarding the credit, credit hours earned by assessment in the assessment center may count toward the last 30 credit hours earned in residence at Lipscomb. Of the 15 competencies on which students may be assessed, six are considered the “big six” leadership competency core and are required for an Organizational Leadership major.

The major must include an 18-hour or greater academic concentration area, nine of which must be distinct and six must be taken at Lipscomb. An 18-hour concentration can be any articulated minor on campus or one of the pre-defined concentrations listed in the catalog. Note: minors not officially offered through the ADP may not be available in the night, weekend or online format. Individuals wishing for their 18-hour concentration to be recognized as an official minor should have their major declaration form also signed by the minor area of study.

Organizational Leadership Core (18 hours)

All of the following courses are required, earned at the 3000 level or higher. 

Upper Division Electives (6 credits)

Organizational Leadership Concentration (18 hours)

The following concentration options are the approved choices for the B.P.S. in Organizational Leadership. 

Organizational Leadership Minor

Total hours required- 18

Non-B.P.S. students may select a minor or concentration in Organizational Leadership. Students pursuing a minor or concentration must first complete CORE 1000/CORE 3404. 

  • Students choose six, three-credit CORE comptencies at the 3000-level or above as determined in consultation with the program director.

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