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Leadership 101 & Personal Finance

Introduction

There’s good news for those looking to make the most of their summer in a challenging economy. Whether you’re interested in building valuable leadership skills to propel your career or learn critical personal finance principles to protect and grow your own wealth — Troy University is ready to help. 
 
Our online programs have been ranked among the country’s best by U.S. News & World Report, and place an emphasis on developing strong leaders. Which is why once again, TROY will be offering its four-week Introduction to Leadership course for FREE and open to the public this summer. And, new for 2022, the school is also offering a four-week course entitled Your Life, Your Success — Money Management and Financial Wellness which is designed to give students an overview of financial principles that will help them succeed.

 

Leadership 101: Effective Leadership for a Fast-Changing World


Course Description

Troy University's College of Education and the Institute for Leadership Development will once again collaborate to provide a free leadership course. This course focuses on various aspects of leadership. It will explore personal development, leadership style, action, cultural diversity, and events, all through the lens of effective leadership. This course is organized into four weekly lessons. Lessons are self-paced and will include videos, brief readings and connection opportunities through discussion forums. In the Leadership 101 course, students will learn how to lead themselves, how to engage with and work with people, and how to thrive in an uncertain and fast-changing world.


Course Layout

  • Week 1: Understanding Leadership
  • Week 2: Understanding Yourself
  • Week 3: Understanding Others
  • Week 4: Understanding How to Lead and Thrive

Expert Faculty

Clifford Humphrey

Dr. Clifford Humphrey
Director, Institute for Leadership Development

Duane Gunn

Dr. Duane Gunn
Leadership Instructor,
Director of Operations, Institute for Leadership Development

Kelly Godwin

Dr. Kelly Godwin
Leadership Instructor, Institute for Leadership Development

Ellis Bush

Mr. Ellis Bush
Leadership Instructor, Institute for Leadership Development

Delaine Bennett

Dr. Delaine Bennett
Assistant Professor,
Instructional Leadership & Administration

 

Your Life, Your Success: Money Management & Financial Wellness


Course Description

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business is partnering with Guardian Credit Union to provide a free course on money management. Course participants will engage in a four-week, self-paced course with material covering a range of personal finance topics. Participants have the option to pursue one of two tracks: one for typical college-aged students and the other for the general public. Both tracks of the course are recommended, as information in both tracks may be useful. 


Course Layout

  • Track 1 – College Student
    • Week 1: Financial Planning, Budgets and Taxes
    • Week 2: Credit, Student Loans and the Debt Crisis
    • Week 3: Insurance: Health, Renters and Term-Life
    • Week 4: Investment and Retirement
  • Track 2 – General Public
    • Week 1: Financial Planning, Budgets and Taxes
    • Week 2: Credit and Consumer Loans
    • Week 3: Insurance: Health, Home and Permanent-Life
    • Week 4: Investment, Retirement and Estate Planning

Expert Faculty

Courtney Baggett

Dr. Courtney Baggett
Department Chair,
Associate Professor, Economics/Finance/RMI,
Director, RMI

Jennings Byrd

Dr. Jennings Byrd
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Economics/Finance/RMI

Anand Krishnamoorthy

Dr. Anand Krishnamoorthy
Associate Professor, Economics/Finance

Dylan Norris

Dr. Dylan Norris
Assistant Professor, Economics/Finance

 

 


Cost

    • Both courses, exams and all course materials are free. Also, there are no textbooks required for these courses.

Course Dates & Registration

    • Registration for both courses has closed.

    • Both courses will begin July 11, 2022, and will run through Aug. 8, 2022.

    • For assistance with registration or information on alternative registration methods, contact us at 334-808-6796 or leadce@troy.edu.

After Registration

    • After you've completed registration, you will receive a Class Acknowledgment message confirming your registration. If you did not already have a Troy University account prior to registering for either course, a second email will contain credentials to access the class content on Canvas, Troy University's online learning platform. If you already have an account, please use the username and password associated with it to log into Canvas at canvas.troy.edu. If you need assistance with your existing password, visit reset.troy.edu or call 1-800-414-5756.


Frequently Asked Questions

Both courses are available for free to anyone and does not require enrollment at TROY to participate. 

No. Students will be able to study at home and at their own pace.

Yes. These courses can count as three credit hours as a general elective or minor course. The student must pass the Challenge Exam at the end of each course to receive credit.  

Yes. Students must pass a Challenge Exam at the end of the course in order to receive academic credit and enroll with Troy University.

Leadership 101

For students who complete course requirements, pass the Challenge Exam and enroll in Fall 2022 or Term 1 2022 at TROY, this course can count for three credit hours as LDR 1100, Introduction to Leadership. LDR 1100 counts toward the Leadership Minor and is also listed as an Area IV General Studies course. Current TROY students who participate must have less than 15 hours of Troy University credit to receive academic credit for this free course.

Your Life, Your Success - Money Management and Financial Wellness

For students who complete course requirements, pass the Challenge Exam and enroll in Fall 2022 or Term 1 2022 at TROY, this course can count for three credit hours as FIN 2210, Personal Financial Planning. FIN 2210 counts as an elective and is also listed as an Area IV General Studies course. Current TROY students who participate must have less than 15 hours of Troy University credit to receive academic credit for this free course.

Yes. Participants can earn Continuing Education Units and receive a certificate upon successful completion of either course.

No. There is no limit to the number of students who can take these courses.

No. The courses, the exams and all coursework are free. There are no textbooks required.

Leadership 101

Students will be exposed to a variety of outstanding leaders from a diverse array of career fields.  They will gain a better understanding of themselves and how they can leverage their strengths and augment their weaknesses in order to be effective leaders at any level.  Students will study leadership from a global perspective and will ultimately develop a personal philosophy of leadership that they can use immediately. Further, students will be able to interact with course facilitators through weekly Q&A sessions.

Your Life, Your Success - Money Management and Financial Wellness

Students will  watch lectures on each topic, read selected articles, view other curated videos, participate in course discussions, access learning materials, participate in live Q&A sessions and watch informative sessions between the Sorrell College of Business faculty and Guardian Credit Union employees. Students may select two tracks in the course. One is aimed at a general audience and the other aimed at college students, though students are encouraged to review material and take assessments in both tracks as there is crossover between the tracks that may apply to anyone. Further, students will be able to interact with course facilitators through weekly Q&A sessions.

Leadership and money management are a skill set that can be learned by anyone. Troy University is committed to developing a new generation of leaders who are willing to step into the arena and Lead Change!

A Challenge Exam is a method by which students are evaluated to determine if they have mastered the concepts and content for a specific academic course in order to receive academic credit.

Assignments will be discussion boards, self-analysis and reflections, some journaling and at the end, along with the Challenge Exam, and a personal user manual you will be able to use to understand yourself better and how others might interact with you.

While dependent upon individual students, most students can expect to spend roughly 3-4 hours per week engaging with the course content.



 

Disclaimer

LDR 1100 and FIN 2210 count for credit at Troy University as general electives or, if appropriate to the student’s plan of study, as a general studies course or minor course. Enrolled students who have passed the Challenge Exam may email the Troy University Records office at troyrecords@troy.edu.

 

Points of Pride

U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges - Regional Universities - Public - 2022
U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges - Regional Universities - South - 2022
U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges - for Veterans - 2022
The Princeton Review, Best Regional Colleges, Southeastern 2022

 

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