The Center for Civic Leadership
In support of Rice’s mission of providing a distinctive undergraduate experience, the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) helps undergraduate students develop the knowledge, skills, and values to address the problems of the 21st century and to lead in a variety of community environments. The focus on civic leadership reflects not only Rice’s mission but a broader trend that recognizes the civic purpose of 21st century institutions of higher education to cultivate social responsibility and active citizenship. The CCL’s approach to leadership education stresses the development of knowledge to understand the complex challenges facing today’s society, skills to motivate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to take informed action, and values to effect positive change. All students begin the program by completing a CCL Immersion Program, which introduces them to problems facing the city of Houston (through lectures, community tours, and short-term service) and develops skills in reflective practice critical to leadership development.Additionally, students will complete one 3-credit elective in social issues and one 3-credit elective in leadership chosen from a list of courses covering relevant topics. Timely, personalized advising will play an important role in the selection of the electives in order to ensure that students follow an academically coherent path to the certificate. The purpose of this element of the certificate pathway is to provide foundational knowledge directly pertinent to a student’s capstone project.Subsequently, students will apply to participate in a CCL Action Program that allows them to work in collaboration with a community partner to address a problem or need. To be selected to one of these programs, students must demonstrate relevant academic preparation.Upon completion of the above listed requirements, students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 may apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year for admittance to the Certificate in Civic Leadership.
To receive the certificate, students must complete a substantial civic leadership project in partnership with a community organization under the guidance of one faculty and one CCL advisor. In the fall semester, all admitted certificate students take a course (UNIV 402) in which they prepare for their capstone projects by researching the community need or problem, designing a sustainable response, developing a project proposal, and reflecting on leadership challenges and solutions. Students subsequently carry out their projects independently in the spring semester under the direction of their faculty advisor and the capstone instructor (UNIV 403). To register for UNIV 403, students must have successfully completed UNIV 402 and received approval for their CCL capstone project proposal from their advisors, their community partner, and the UNIV 402 course instructor. UNIV 403 students must present their project results to the community partner through a formal presentation and written report before the conclusion of the course. Additionally, students are encouraged to present at a formal venue, such as a conference or symposium, within one year of course completion.To be considered for receipt of the certificate requires submission of a portfolio that includes the capstone project and description of its outcomes, a reflection essay on civic leadership, and a public presentation to the campus and community. Upon recommendation of the capstone instructor and faculty advisor, the certificate will be awarded by vote of the faculty advisory board and recognized on the student’s official transcript.
Upon completing the Certificate in Civic Leadership, students will be able to:
Students pursuing the Certificate in Civic Leadership must complete:
REQUIRED ELECTIVESStudents must complete two courses (six credit hours) to complete the Certificate's Required Electives. The courses that satisfy the electives in Leadership and Social Issues requirements can be found in the list below, but additional courses may be available that satisfy these requirements. Students should meet with their advisor to identify and receive approval for additional courses based on their program of study.
LeadershipStudents must complete 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:
Social IssuesStudents must complete at least 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:
CCL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROGRAMS Students must complete a total of 3 Experiential Learning Programs as listed below.
CAPSTONETo complete the Certificate in Civic Leadership, students must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours):
Upon completion of the Required Electives and Center for Civic Leadership Experiential Learning Programs, students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 or higher may apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year for admittance to the Certificate in Civic Leadership. To apply students must submit the following:
Only students who propose a feasible project and demonstrate a coherent path of preparation will be admitted to the Center in Civic Leadership Certificate Program.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify Civic Leadership. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from other departments apply towards the certificate. Department (or Center) Description and Code - Center for Civic Leadership: LEAD Certificate Description and Code - Certificate in Civic Leadership: CCL
Civic Leadership does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for courses that can be applied to the Certificate in Civic Leadership can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding the Civic Leadership, see the department's website:https://ccl.rice.edu/.