Complexity and rapid change prompt the need for institutions of higher education to reexamine curricula and programs to ensure they are preparing graduates for 21st century career opportunities. At Ohio State University, conversion from quarters to semesters provided the impetus to revisit the undergraduate curriculum and create a new Community Leadership major. The new major was designed to prepare students for future Extension outreach and other leader roles to influence positive change in communities through learning partnerships. Development of the undergraduate major and its implications for Extension and leadership workforce preparation are described.
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Chen, C. Y., Cochran, G. R., Scheer, S. D., Birkenholz, R. D., King, J., & Thomas, J. (2013). Community Leadership: A New Academic Major. The Journal of Extension, 51(6), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss6/13