Clifton Builders Program

Clifton Builders Program - Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup
Clifton Builders Program Builders Application

Build Yourself. Build a Network. Build a Legacy.

The Clifton Builders Program is designed to identify and develop students with high leadership and entrepreneurial potential and who want to change the world by building new businesses, building teams or building communities through leadership and involvement.

Student Benefits
  • Advanced training in strengths-based leadership leading to a Clifton Builder’s Program Certificate.
  • Access to exclusive classes with content that will help Builders to design a career and life that makes a difference in the world
  • Recognition as a Clifton Builder
  • Opportunity to study and network with like-minded students who are focused on changing the world throughout college and in their career
  • Service learning, experiential or internship component
  • Connect with and develop a network of leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Earn a Clifton Builder’s Management Minor
  • Advanced training in strengths-based leadership, employee engagement and well-being
  • Be trained around the Q-12 Engagement survey and consult with a local company to help increase their workplace engagement
  • Opportunity to be trained as a Student Strengths Coach to develop and leverage your strengths as a leader to recognize the talents of others to build strong teams
  • Receive Strengths Coaching from a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach to help you better understand your strengths to be successful building a business, leading a team, or building a community
Builder’s Program Tracks

There are three possible tracks in the Builder’s program:

  • Business Builders – These students are passionate entrepreneurs who want to make an impact by building a new business and in this way help change the world through job creation. Completion of the Gallup BP10 instrument is a required admission component for this track. GPA will also be considered as an admission component.
  • Team Builders – Team Builders are intrapreneurs. They are passionate leaders who want to build effective teams that can energize and transform organizations. GPA will also be considered as an admission component.
  • Community Builders – These students are passionate about making the world a better place by building communities through leadership involvement in service agencies, non-profits or state and local government. Sustained involvement in volunteer and service activities will be a primary factor in the selection process. GPA will also be considered as an admission component.
Selection Process
  • Builders Cohort are selected each Spring semester of their first-year to begin courses the fall of their sophomore year.
  • Application deadline: February, 2018

Curriculum for Builder’s Program

Business Builders

Please visit with a College of Business academic advisor to discuss course sequencing and graduation plan.

Required:
  • MNGT324B – Building a Life for Impact
  • MNGT360B – Organizational Behavior – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
  • ENTR321B – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
Choose one of the following courses:
  • ENTR421 – Identifying and Exploring Entrepreneurial Opportunities (prereq: Junior standing; MNGT360 and MNGT321, or department permission if MNGT360 and MNGT321 not taken)
  • ENTR422 – Managing Rapid Growth and Change in Organizations (prereq: Junior standing; MNGT360 and MNGT321, or department permission if MNGT360 and MNGT321 not taken)
  • ENTR423 – Business Plan Development and Decision Making (prereq: Junior standing; MNGT360 and MNGT321, or department permission if MNGT360 and MNGT321 not taken)
Experiential Component:

Choose One:

  • Start your own business
  • Consult with a small business or start-up organization
  • Participate in the 3-2-1 Quick Pitch and business plan competition
    Highly recommended to take both ENTR 421 and 423 prior to business plan competition- takes place each spring semester
  • Serve as a student start-up assistant in the Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Participate in the NUTech Ventures Incubator

Team Builders (12 credit hours including 9 hours of unique Builder’s Program courses; these hours can fulfill a management minor)

Required:
  • MNGT324B – Building a Life for Impact
  • MNGT360B – Organizational Behavior – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
  • ENTR321B – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
Choose one of the following courses:
  • MNGT365 – Managing Diversity in Organizations (no prereq)
  • MNGT411 – Leading People & Projects (prereq: Junior standing; MNGT360)
  • MNGT412 – Negotiating and Conflict Management (prereq: Jr. standing; MNGT360)
Experiential Component:

Choose One:

  • Serve as a Peer Strengths Coach in the Strengths Lab (1 semester)
  • Serve as a BSAD111 Coach (1 semester)
  • Complete an internship with Gallup or a Gallup client

Community Builders (12 credit hours including 9 hours of unique Builder’s Program courses; these hours can fulfill a management minor)

Required:
  • MNGT324B – Building a Life for Impact
  • MNGT360B – Organizational Behavior – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
  • ENTR321B – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations – (prereq: Sophomore standing)
Choose one of the following courses:
  • MNGT413 – Building Ethical and Socially Sustainable Organizations – (prereq: Junior standing; MNGT360 or departmental permission)
  • MNGT411 – Leading People & Projects (prereq: Jr. Standing; MNGT360 or departmental permission)
Experiential Component:

Choose One:

  • Complete the Civic Engagement Certificate
  • Complete a service learning travel experience (e.g. domestic service trip or study abroad service trip)
  • Long-term involvement with a non-profit or governmental service agency

I am a Clifton Builder because I want to contribute 
my strengths to building a well-bonded community. 
I’ve learned more about my strengths and how to 
leverage them in life, and I’ve become more 
independent and self-confident. Phat Nguyen, Management major from Lincoln, Nebraska

Course Sequencing:

Freshman
First Semester
Second Semester
Sophomore
First Semester
Second Semester
Junior
First Semester
Second Semester
Senior
First Semester
Second Semester
Business Builders
BSAD 111
Could also take BSAD 111 here
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MNGT 324B
MNGT 360B
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ENTR 321B
ENTR 421 / ENTR 422 / ENTR 423
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Experiential Component*
 
Team Builders
BSAD 111
Could also take BSAD 111 here
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MNGT 324B
MNGT 360B
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ENTR 321B
MNGT 365 / MNGT 411 / MNGT 412
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Experiential Component*
 
Community Builders
BSAD 111
Could also take BSAD 111 here
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MNGT 324B
MNGT 360B
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ENTR 321B
MNGT 413 / MNGT 411
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Experiential Component*
 

*Experiential component could be completed earlier than the senior year.

Questions? Email strengths_lab@unl.edu

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