PUBLIC LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
New program brings signature teaching to remote learners around the world
Envisioned and launched before the coronavirus pandemic swept through the world, Harvard Kennedy School’s flagship online non-degree program, the Public Leadership Credential (PLC), is designed for professionals with several years of work experience. PLC courses cover three interdisciplinary topics: policy design and delivery, leadership and ethics, and evidence for decisions, with curriculums designed by Kennedy School faculty members. Last month, the first cohort of 35 participants completed the program of six courses followed by a capstone project to receive the Public Leadership Credential. This milestone event for the new program was recognized with an online celebration of the students who completed the final project. The learners covered a range of topics in their capstone projects—from supporting youth in crisis in the U.S. state of Maine to improving air quality in Romania to boosting the manufacturing industry in Rwanda. At the capstone celebration event, Senior Lecturer Dan Levy, the faculty director of the PLC, noted that “the range of projects and policy areas represented is astounding.” The other lead faculty are Teddy Svoronos, Christopher Robichaud, and Michael Walton, working with staff director Kristin Sullivan. The next registration deadline to take a PLC course is January 7.