The Capstone Seminar is designed as an integrating experience, providing “hands-on” interpersonal, group, organizational and public leadership opportunities as students engage in a semester-long analysis of a critical case in higher education.
PLDI Fellows assume leadership in planning and organizing the case study project, which consists of analyzing the selected case from multiple perspectives; presenting the results of their analysis; and offering conclusions and recommendations. The final session is a formal presentation to which university administrators and academic leaders and all members of the PLDI Community—including first and second year PLDI Fellows, PLDI Mentors, the PLDI Planning Committee Members, and PLDI Advisors—are invited.
2013 Capstone Project
The topic for the spring 2013 semester was “Diverging Perspectives on Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities.” The final presentation examined the changes that are taking place nation-wide in higher education, considering the diverse perspectives of various stakeholder groups: students, employers, policy makers, and Faculty and Administrators. The presentation slides can be viewed here.
2012 Capstone Project
The topic for the spring 2012 semester was “Making Sense of the Penn State Scandal and Its Implications for Higher Education.” The final presentation examined the issue from multiple perspectives: organizational culture, the role of athletics, crisis management, and university/program brand management.
2012 Capstone Project Video Clips
The following video clips from the 2012 Capstone presentation provide an introduction to the topic and the key issues and lessons that were identified by the PLDI Fellows during their research. Click on the links below: