Leaders define, influence and model the core values of our university. By taking the
time to develop our leaders today, we can ensure we are equipped to lead our university
The University of South Carolina offers two leadership development programs — Pipeline
for Academy Leadership (PAL) and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).
Individuals selected to participate in these programs attend 40-50 hours of professional
development activities that focus on five core competencies: leading change, leading
people, managing for results, institutional knowledge and understanding, and building
Within these broad categories, participants gain experience in budgeting and human
resources processes, managing difficult people and conflict, and building a network
outside one’s academic discipline. Each group explores USC’s values and strategic
direction while learning more about the university’s culture, policies, and decision
PAL and ELP are structured to reflect a framework for leadership development that
starts at the personal level of increasing one’s self-awareness in order to better
communicate, influence and work with others. From there it moves into developing the
skills of leading teams and organizations.
Some topics covered in both programs include:
Common leadership challenges and concerns
Individual styles and temperaments
Coaching and feedback
Additional topics targeted toward specific audiences may be covered.
Program Eligibility and Application Process
While PAL and ELP both follow a similar curriculum, the eligibility and application
process is different for each one: