ERIC Number: ED459649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Building Bridges Initiative Cluster Evaluation: Survey of Nonprofit Management Students.
Larson, R. Sam; Wilson, Mark I.
This study investigated the student perspective on nonprofit management education. Students in six nonprofit management graduate and certificate programs affiliated with the Building Bridges Initiative were surveyed, and 256 responses were received (50% response rate). This group of students was distinguished by the fact that most were employed full-time, employed in the nonprofit sector. Also, 71% were seeking a program within a 1-hour drive. The race and ethnicity of these students (80% white/Caucasian, 16% students of color) closely matched the employment composition of the nonprofit sector. Students were continuing their education mostly for personal development and skill acquisition than for increased income. About 50% received some type of financial support from their employer and 44% received time off for educational purposes. Course topics that focus on internal operations unique to the nonprofit sector were viewed as being the most important for managing and leading nonprofit organizations. Most students were satisfied with their educational programs, although students did note room for improvement, especially in the development and strengthening of linkages with the nonprofit sector. (Contains 5 tables and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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