The following students have completed the masters in community development degree.
Masters Thesis: An organizational assessment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Park using the community capitals framework. April-Dawn completed a Master's degree in Community Development in the Great Plains-Interactive Distance Education Alliance program in December, 2016. She is the Chief Executive Office of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the High Rockies, Alma, CO.
I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given through North Dakota State University's participation in the Great Plains IDEA program. Throughout this program, I was challenged to think differently in order to engage community stakeholders and create change within the rural community where I live and serve. This program made me a better leader, a stronger advocate, and provided me with tools that I will utilize throughout my life; as a community member, non-profit leader, and change maker.
Masters Thesis: Nature Versus Technology: Which is more appealing to youth ages 11-14? March 2016.
Masters Thesis: Beyond Buildings, Progressive Planning: Improving Collaboration Among Design and Community Development Professionals. March 2014.
Undergraduate degree: BA Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Masters Thesis: Perceived Social, Economic, and Environmental Costs/Benefits of a Proposed Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Plan. April 2012.
Importance of the Program: The program helped hone my research skills for my current job as a researcher at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (NDSU). It also was vital for getting accepted into the Natural Resources Management PhD program at NDSU.
Future goals: To work as a researcher/professor at a university.
What I enjoyed about the program: I was very impressed with the availability of the professors. All were very helpful, particularly when it came to explaining theory and methods. I also liked how the program challenges students to go out and learn about their respective communities. I became involved with community issues that were very important to me. I genuinely felt like I was making a difference in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Masters Thesis: It's the Process, Not the Project: The Role of Social Capital in Adaptive Co-Management in Northwest Minnesota, 2012
Other Degrees: BA-History and Sociology, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Molly is a Regional Planner with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources working in NW Minnesota (she was in a similar position at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency during the three years she spent in the Community Development Program). Her work involves building networks and partnerships that work collaboratively to solve natural resource management problems, especially relating to water quality and aquatic health. The community development degree has helped her advance that work by understanding the values and identify that various participants bring to this work, by helping her identify ways for folks to maintain individuality but work cooperatively, and to help define and measure progress in achieving goals. Moreover, Molly now coordinated regional activities on tribal issues, and coursework on tribal treaty and trust responsibilities has helped her with that particular assignment.