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ERIC Number: EJ792084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-4
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Universities Try to Serve a Generation of Those Who Seek to Do Good
Strout, Erin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n30 pA23 Apr 2008
The young adults choosing careers today watched as the Twin Towers fell, as Katrina swept onto land, and as the Asian tsunami left devastation in its path. They have led protests against the genocide in Darfur. And they spent most of their teen years with the United States at war. Those same young adults--many of them college students--have seen nonprofit organizations step in to help during times of turmoil. Combine that with service-learning requirements and a rise in volunteerism during high school, an extraordinary increase in the number of charities created over the past two decades, and the anticipated retirement of baby-boomer nonprofit executives, and it adds up to high demand for undergraduate programs in nonprofit management. For many years, the only way to earn the credentials needed to lead a nonprofit organization was to get a graduate degree or enroll in a certificate program. Not so anymore. A handful of colleges, including Arizona State and the University of Minnesota, are rolling out programs that offer undergraduate degrees in nonprofit leadership. The exact number of undergraduate degree programs is unknown, but the ranks of colleges that at least offer courses are growing, according to the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. The group's membership has increased from 35 to 47 universities in the past six years. That growth prompted it late last year to release the first-ever curricular guidelines for undergraduate study in nonprofit leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Minnesota; United States