How

BOOST is a modular program focusing on intensive Friday to Sunday sessions. This will allow students to participate without changing their schedules and study plans at their CEU departments. At the same time, the weekend scheduling allows mid-career professionals from the CEU alumni community to participate in the program as mentors.

The Program takes 12 months to complete and students of both one-year master programs and second-year students of two-year master programs can participate by committing themselves to complete, after graduation, the experiential Proof of Concept summer project and to attend the Accountability Weekend in early October after the completion of the project. In exceptional circumstances Program Directors may allow for remote participation in the Accountability Weekend via videolink.

Here's a more detailed description of the program:

THE BIG PICTURE

Weekend session: Friday, Oct. 13 - Sunday, Oct. 14, 2017

Classes will be held Friday 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 9.30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The weekend will feature interactive sessions presenting students with psychological and sociological accounts of success and high-impact effectiveness. In addition, BOOST participants will have their first opportunity to meet their executive mentors.

STRATEGIZING

10 hours of instruction during the fall term, dates TBD based on the participants' schedule

BOOST participants meet for four intensive sessions to learn about strategic management and work on their strategies for achieving their goals.

Two closely tied cohorts will be formed:

  • Groups focused on business, corporate or entrepreneurial strategies will be taught by Prof. Akbar;
  • Groups focused on nonprofit, governmental, professional service strategies will be taught by Prof. Kisilowski.

Some sessions will be held jointly with all participants exchanging views on strategies across sectors to foster cross-sectoral learning.

GOAL SETTING

Weekend session: Friday, Jan. 26 - Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

Classes will be held Friday 6 p.m.-8:50 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

BOOST participants meet in small teams and in plenary sessions. With the help of the coordinating faculty and a coach, they prepare for presenting their individual and group support plans to their mentors. Groups of 2-4 selected Executive Mentors are assigned to each BOOST group. Participants will start with "defending" their goals and they will receive early feedback on the direction of their individual and group Impact Strategy.

IMPLEMENTATION

10 hours of instruction during the spring term, dates TBD based on participants' schedule

BOOST participants meet for four intensive sessions to learn about effective implementation of strategies in a variety of settings. Some sessions will be held jointly with all participants exchanging views on strategies across different types of organizations.

STRATEGY ROLLOUT

Weekend session, Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

Classes will be held Friday 6 p.m.-8:50 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

BOOST participants meet to present the final version of their Impact Strategies and present the finalized plans for their Proof of Concept projects. They discuss potential implementation challenges that await them during their summer experience and plan for establishing and maintaining a support network throughout the project.

PROOF OF CONCEPT

Summer (on- or off-campus, depending on the project)

BOOST participants are required to engage in a summer project implementing the "Proof of Concept" of their individual and group Impact Strategy. The PoC will differ depending on the goals participants set for themselves.

Examples:

  • Internship or volunteer work with clear career and impact objectives;
  • On- or off-campus work on a business plan 
for an entrepreneurial start-up;
  • A specific change project implemented in participant's family business;
  • A social change project or campaign;
  • A research project overseen by CEU faculty.

The goal of the PoC Project is to demonstrate the promise and viability of the participant's Impact Strategy. With that in mind, the coordinating faculty will be extremely flexible in setting the PoC project. To facilitate this flexibility, no credits will be provided for the PoC project, though, when appropriate, a student (or a group) may seek additional independent study credits based on CEU regulations.

Whenever possible, we will encourage that the project be conducted in the BOOST Group. If that is not possible or appropriate given the nature of a particular project, the BOOST Group will be responsible for having regular group meetings and updates, if needed using VoIP tools. Each group will also be in touch with their mentors and the coordinating faculty. If appropriate, additional subject-specific faculty advisors will also be included.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Weekend session, Friday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

Classes will be held Friday 6 p.m.-8:50 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Apart from other activities, this weekend will include a hard-nosed "review" session during which BOOST participants are questioned about their Proof of Concept. They also meet the new incoming BOOST participants and share their experiences with them. Psychology and sociology faculty will help them put their experiences in a broader, research-based context.

Students in one-year programs who start BOOST during their year on campus need to join this weekend in person or, if granted a permission, via videoconferencing tools.