University Leadership Network

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Leading as a Longhorn

The University Leadership Network at The University of Texas at Austin is a new program designed to help incoming students develop leadership skills while achieving academic success that is consistent with graduating in four years.

In exchange for their participation, students receive an annual award of $5,000, which will be given as a monthly $500 disbursement throughout the fall and spring semesters as program goals are achieved. Students who participate all four years in the University Leadership Network could earn up to $20,000.

Participants will begin their first year with interactive training followed by opportunities to apply their new leadership skills. In the second through fourth years, students will participate in on-campus experiential learning opportunities, continued leadership development and opportunities to engage in community and university service.

By Participating in the University Leadership Network, Students:

  • Earn up to $5,000 each year in financial assistance – that’s $20,000 over four years!
  • Receive monthly $500 disbursements throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Develop leadership experience that spans the classroom, community and workplace.
  • Engage in on-campus experiential learning opportunities.
  • Receive professional development training for the workplace.
  • May use the University Leadership Network as their 360 Connection.

A First-Year University Leadership Network Participant will:

  • Attend weekly training sessions.
  • Complete 10 hours of community service each semester.
  • Complete 15 hours of leadership training each semester.
  • Complete 30 hours of coursework by Fall 2014 (24 hours in-residence).
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Attend University Leadership Network events.

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Answering Your Questions

How does the University Leadership Network benefit students?

  • Through experiential learning and leadership certification, students will develop valuable skills that will help them become successful leaders. They can expect to gain skills in problem solving, professionalism, time management, team building and coordination, communication methods and ethical decision-making. Students will also receive $5,000 in financial assistance every year they participate and stay on-track in the program.

What are the participation requirements for the University Leadership Network?

  • Participants are responsible for completing a required number of hours in service, training and coursework, as well as attend University Leadership Network events. Students must also be enrolled in 30 credit hours and maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA throughout the duration of the program.

What types of credit hours count toward my overall 30 credit hours and 24 in-residence credit hours at UT Austin to meet my ULN Credit Hours requirement?

  • Incoming first year UT Students can count AP Credit, Dual Credit, Credit by Exam, and accepted transfer coursework toward your first year 30 credit hour ULN requirement. Participation in UT's Summer Bridge Program will provide 6 credit hours you can count toward your overall 30 hours AND toward your 24 in-residence at UT. Any courses taken at UT with a passing grade count toward your 24 hours in-residence. Any summer school transfer work accepted by UT from your local community college count toward your overall 30 credit hours. In the case of transferring ANY credit hours, please consult your assigned academic advisor at UT to identify which courses will transfer, and how many you should transfer, as it could affect your four year degree plan.

How long is involvement in the University Leadership Network?

  • Participation in the University Leadership Network spans a student's four years at UT with the goal to help students graduate in four years. The financial support, learning opportunities and community involvement are provided to assist students in streamlining their educational experience, help minimize student loan debt and graduate as scholars who can be leaders in their community.

Does participation in the University Leadership Network affect financial aid?

  • The ULN will coordinate with the Office of Student Financial Services to process student's monthly disbursement. Part of the selection process for membership includes having unmet financial need within the financial aid package. If students have obtained additional resources and the ULN award does impact the amount of financial aid for which they are eligible (creating an over-ward), student loans will be reduced first. For more information regarding the financial aid component, visit the Office of Student Financial Services.

How are students selected to participate in the University Leadership Network?

  • The Office of Admissions, Student Financial Services and the Enrollment Management Team performed extensive holistic reviews of students who would benefit most from a small network of peers, have unmet financial need and a desire to have involvement in the community.

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University Leadership Network
(512) 232-9054
Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 334

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Team Members

Jennifer L. Smith, Ph.D.
Program Director

Tepera Holman, M.Ed.
Campus Partner Coordinator

John Newton, B.A.
Student Affairs Administrator

Denise Furman, B.S.
Administrative Assistant

DeAna McCusky, M.S.Ed.
Graduate Research Assistant

Deidra Perez, B.A.
Graduate Research Assistant

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Campus Partners

Current Campus Partners (PDF)