June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Engineering Leadership Development
In this paper we report our findings from examining 28 personal leadership portfolios, written by senior engineering students at the conclusion of a five-semester certificate program, to determine which activities or experiences were most meaningful to the students’ development and what themes emerge in student descriptions of the program’s impact. This paper adds to the community’s body of knowledge on the types of leadership development experiences deemed most impactful to students, as well as on the use of portfolios as an assessment method.
In spring 2018, each student in the Zachry Leadership Program in Texas A&M’s college of engineering created a personal leadership portfolio describing which experiences or activities in the program were most meaningful to them and how the program impacted their leadership development. In this study, we review the portfolio text using Hay’s iterative coding process  to identify and quantify common themes. This process provides insight into which elements of our program are most impactful and why this is so, and suggests that analyzing portfolios can help us better understand how the program is impacting student leadership development by surfacing common experiences and perspectives.
Sullivan, S. C., & Koufteros, B. (2019, June), Meaning and Impact: A Review of Personal Leadership Portfolios Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33088
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