Hughes Leadership & Career Program

This program is designed to support academic and professional development to prepare students for future success. In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Hughes Leadership & Career Program (BUSA courses) was re-imagined to increase its relevance and applicability to the college to career journey by using the Flight Academy engagement platform. This mobile and web app tracks progress toward course completion in each of the three required zero credit hour courses.

BUSA courses are built around engagement and participation in curated activities instead of graded assignments. Students have the opportunity to personalize their experience by selecting option activities that are meaningful and make sense with their career goals. Each course requires a personal assessment and career conversation (informational interview). BUSA 3150 and 4150 requires a coaching meeting with one of our experienced Career Coaches.

    • The Flight Academy app will be the tracking mechanism for required activities and display progress toward the BUSA badges.
    • There will be no graded assignments; everything is activity and review based.
    • Each course will span the full 15-week term to allow time to complete required activities.
    • Earning the BUSA badges will be your pass or satisfactory grade for this course.
    • The Hughes Leadership & Professional courses are required in the Coles College undergraduate curriculum for business students.
    • he D2L site maintains the resources for the course.
    • A passing grade in BUSA 2150 is required to apply to Coles.
    • A Career Coach meeting is still required for BUSA 3150 and BUSA 4150

Tom and Barbara Hughes have made this innovative program possible through their generous donation.

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Program Components

  • This course is required for admission to Coles College, and is generally taken in your Sophomore year.

    Activities are required in 5 experience sets:

    1. Academic Success
      This category includes activities to help you in selecting a major and for making you a more successful student while you are in school.

    2. Assessment and Reflection
      Take the YouScience assessment to understand how your unique strengths, aptitudes, and interests align with career paths. Self-awareness is critical for personal and professional development.

    3. Career Exploration
      Activities and events are selected to provide information and guidance that help you define your career goals. A meeting with your assigned career coach is optional.

    4. Effective Communication
      Communication is critical for success in business and in life. A variety of options are included here to help you understand the value and forms of effective communication.

    5. Professionalism
      Activities here develop skills relevant for today’s business atmosphere. Adopt professional develop practices you will hone throughout your career. A Career Conversation is required.
  • Take this course after completing 2150, generally in your Junior year.

    Activities are required in 5 experience sets:

    1. Assessment and Reflection
      Clifton Strengths Assessment- Understand and work with your top 5 strengths to identify and explore talents, develop those talents into competitive strengths, and understand barriers.

    2. Career Exploration
      Activities and events are selected to provide information and guidance that help you define your career goals. A meeting with your assigned career coach is required.

    3. Effective Communication
      Communication is critical for success in business and in life. A variety of options are included here to help you understand the value and forms of effective communication.

    4. Engaging with Employers
      Continue creating connections and building a network. Complete activities designed to develop your skills for this beneficial career long practice.

    5. Professionalism
      Activities here develop skills relevant for today’s business atmosphere. Adopt professional develop practices you will hone throughout your career. A Career Conversation is required.

    Prerequisite: BUSA 2150

  • Take this in your Senior Year.

    Activities are required in 5 experience sets:

    1. Assessment and Reflection
      The Leadership Practices Inventory- Learn to become the best leader you can be framed in the context of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

    2. Career Exploration
      Activities and events are selected to provide information and guidance that help you define your career goals. A meeting with your assigned career coach is required.

    3. Effective Communication
      Communication is critical for success in business and in life. A variety of options are included here to help you understand the value and forms of effective communication.

    4. Engaging with Employers
      Solidify your college to career pathways by building on and leveraging the connections and networking activities completed in 2150 and 3150.

    5. Professionalism
      Activities here develop skills relevant for today’s business atmosphere. Adopt professional develop practices you will hone throughout your career. A Career Conversation is required.

    Prerequisite: BUSA 3150

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