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Burbach, M.E, Reiners-Hild, C., 2017. 2017 Nebraska Water Leaders Academy - Final Report. Open-File Report 177, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 60 pp.




Twenty participants completed the 2017 Water Leaders Academy bringing the total number of graduates to 101 since the inception of the program in 2011. Assessment of participants’ transformational leadership skills, champion of innovation skills, water knowledge and engagement, civic capacity, and entrepreneurial leadership behaviors showed a significant increase over the course of the year, from both participants’ and their raters’ perspectives. Feedback from participants was highly positive and constructive. Participant concerns were addressed, and only minor changes are planned for the 2018 Academy curriculum. Results of the program assessment indicate that the curriculum is meeting Academy objectives. Most importantly, Alumni have emerged as leaders in their communities and beyond.