Program Mission & Goals

Program Mission Statement

The Master of Science degree in Leadership and Organizational Development (M.S. in LOD) provides adult learners and working professionals with a graduate-level learning experience that is accessible, affordable and includes an integration of Franciscan worldview and values. Our program prepares organizational leaders, individuals in the field of health care and human resources professionals the opportunity to work collaboratively for the purpose of developing and implementing strategies that sustain high levels of individual, team and organizational performance. The M.S. in LOD program delivers content required in today’s 21st century workforce as it specifically aligns with the following industry standards for organizational leaders: Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL).


Program Goals
Graduates of the LOD program will develop as lifelong learners and translate that experience into an increased capacity for sustained high levels of performance expressed in the workplace given the following program goals:

  1. Maintain the relevancy and value of our program curriculum by aligning program and course content with highly regarded and reputable industry standards that identify requisite knowledge, skill and ability among leaders, human resource development and health care.

  2. Maintain thematic learning goals in the areas of: leadership development, organizational development, change management and process/systems improvement.

  3. Consistently seek to improve the learning experience of our students and program delivery strategies.




Meet the Faculty


Dr. Jim Begotka

Department of Business

Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, and Assistant Professor of Business


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the program, students will:

  • Evaluate effective practices in leadership, change management, and performance management.
  • Develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills necessary to sustain effective leadership, collaboration, and consulting role in a diverse workforce.
  • Analyze strategies for establishing competitive advantage through individual, team, and organizational performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizations as complex systems operating in a rapidly changing global economy with constant change in the external and internal environment.
  • Evaluate dimensions of organizational learning and models of continuous improvement.
  • Evaluate dimensions of organizational culture, change, systems, and processes.
  • Explore strategies for hiring, developing, evaluating, and retaining high performance of an organization’s human capital.

You could become a ...

  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Leader and Supervisor
  • Talent Development Manager
  • Technical Trainer
  • Management Analyst

You could pursue a career in ...

  • Training and Development
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Design
  • Consulting

Alumni Spotlight

“Silver Lake College has provided me with a comfortable learning environment, great professors and a college that puts my needs for success as a No. 1 goal. I also received my bachelor’s degree from Silver Lake, and when it came time to select a college for my master’s degree, I researched other colleges, but my choice was to return to Silver Lake. I chose Silver Lake because the other colleges didn’t seem to fit my personal needs and educational goals. Receiving my degrees from Silver Lake also has provided me with professional opportunities and goals that I could not have obtained without my educational experience at this wonderful learning institution.”

Norman Pawelczyk
Fall 2016 Graduate

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Alumni Spotlight - Jordan Lindstrom

1. When did you graduate from the LOD program at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family?

I graduated May 2018.

2. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What’s your name, age, and hometown?

Jordan Lindstrom, 26, originally from Brookfield, WI. I currently live in Sheboygan, WI. I have worked at Acuity for 3.5 years in Human Resources.

3. What drew you to Leadership and Organizational Development specifically?

I wanted a program that aligned with my career progression in HR and training and development. I knew I wanted my career to continue towards training and development, so this program would improve my own credibility in my organization.

I also hoped I could work on projects that directly related to my job, although I wasn’t sure when I started that would be the case. However, all the coursework I reviewed prior met my goals as I was given an opportunity to take over Acuity’s training and development program for managers.

4. How closely have you worked with Jim Begotka and other faculty? Was there a faculty member who made a significant impact in your education and why?

Very closely. Jim is one of the reasons I stayed in the program. He has an incredible passion for the content and his students. I still stay in touch with Jim and we meet regularly even after graduation. I am now a member of the LOD advisory board, which meets several times per year. I have considered teaching and developing curriculum if Jim sees that as fitting the program needs.

5. What kind of practical skills did you learn while studying LOD at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family?

Big Picture Thinking. I have always enjoyed looking at a project from a big picture perspective. This program showed me if you don’t do that, your training often won’t be impactful as training outcomes can become unimportant or not relevant to the goals.

Transfer of learning. One of the more important aspects I have taken with me is transfer of learning. While I can deliver content, if it isn’t changing behavior, then I haven’t done my job. This also brings about questions for evaluating training, did I train in a way that I can measure the impact? My key takeaways: training must provide application/practice within the session, or I must be present after trainees go back to their jobs to ensure they are held accountable to the content.

Understand the audience. I’ve also learned the importance of understanding my audience. In my organization, this is especially important as I am training managers who have been in their profession and are experts in their field. I am not an expert in their field but have to build rapport and trust so they use me as a resource in areas they may not be an expert (HR, law, performance management).

Design Thinking. Design thinking is essential. Customers/trainees needs and insights must be incorporated into training and outcomes.

More generally, I was able to see ways to impact my organization because of the program. Whether it was hearing how another organization was struggling through a peers insights in the program, and determining how I could address that problem in my organization, or being able to identify ways my organization could improve, perhaps because of learning best practices in the field.

6. Was there any specific class or topic that has stood out to you, was your favorite, or challenged you the most?

I was most challenged by the levels of learning in Blooms Taxonomy. I think as I am more engulfed in training and doing it for longer periods, I will see the learners meet greater complexity and specificity in learning objectives and Bloom’s will become clearer.

7. What is an example of how the faculty of LOD went “the extra mile” to help you in your studies and career goals?

Jim was willing to customize nearly all of my content, while staying true to the program learning objectives. I can’t imagine that happening anywhere else. He picked up the phone several times (since I was out of the area) and walked through adjustments to my program to meet my needs. It was incredible. In class, he made everyone feel welcomed, and when someone didn’t understand a projects objective, he was willing to take time to walk through that content.

8. Did you work or have a job while attending classes? How did the 8-week rotating course schedule work for you and your schedule?

I did. I worked full time in Human Resources at Acuity Insurance. I liked the 8-week focused content. I don’t think I would have learned as much with overlapping classes. While it was a lot of content in a short period, it was focused.

9. What is your job title now? How did the LOD program prepare you for your current job?

I still operate as a Human Resources Specialist. The LOD program, in my opinion, should change your perspective on how you look at training and development and how you tackle problems within your organization. While in the program, I revamped interview training for my company. I was able to eliminate content that didn’t align with the training goals because of insights gained from this program. I continue to re-evaluate training to ensure it aligns with organizational goals.

It’s also given me more conviction on areas of training that frustrated me prior. I felt I should be more involved after training was completed, to ensure transfer of learning occurred, and to provide valuable insights to management as they navigate personnel issues. I was missing Level 3 of Kirkpatrick’s model, and unfortunately not a part of assessing behaviors. With my learning, I speak more confidently on the importance of transfer of learning and how it will influence our company.

In general, I am better and solving problems and providing insights keeping my team on track from a “goals” perspective.

10. What advice would you give to an individual thinking about Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s LOD program?

Find ways to integrate your learning into your work. I believe I retained a lot more of the program because I would go to class/write a paper and then go apply that content the next day. I think you naturally take more from the program if you have real world experience.

Program Requirements

  • A completed graduate application form.
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. A GPA lower than 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance. A GPA less than 2.75 may require an on-campus interview.
  • Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • A current resume, including information related to your professional training that may be relevant to assessing your professional experience and readiness for graduate study. Applicants are required to present strong academic credentials, Letters of Recommendation and Statement of Purpose.
  • A Statement of Purpose (750- to 1,000-word essay). This statement will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability and explain your reasons for seeking an M.S. in LOD.
  • Three (3) professional or academic recommendations from persons qualified to evaluate your promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students whose native language is not English and whose degree was obtained in a country where English is not the official language.

Program Curriculum

Leadership and Organizational 
Development Program Curriculum

33 credits



As part of the graduate program, students highlight the knowledge, skills and projects from these courses on professional resumes and career profiles.

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LOD Core Courses

30 credits

LOD 500 Leading Organizational Change


LOD 502 The Learning Organization


LOD 507 Leadership and Teams


LOD 508 OD: Systems and Processes


LOD 510 OD & Performance Management


LOD 514 Strategic HRM


LOD 515 Data and Innovation


LOD 519 Corporate Strategy


LOD 520 Diversity and Professionalism


LOD 529 Integrated LOD Capstone



Choose one 3-credit elective course among these standard offerings:

LOD 530 Financial Management and Budgeting


LOD 532 Designing and Evaluating Learning


LOD 534 Organizational Behavior & Culture


LOD 580 Special Topics in LOD



Program Emphasis Options

Health Care Leadership Emphasis

Recognizing the core curriculum of LOD aligns with National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) standards, health care professionals may elect to pursue an emphasis in health care topics.

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Nine credits may be applied toward the LOD graduation requirements through pre-approved course substitutions with the program director.

  • LOD 535 S. Health care Policy & Ethics
  • LOD 536 Current Trends & Challenges in Health care
  • LOD 537 Risk Management in Health care


Adult Learning Emphasis

Up to 10 credits and classes fulfilled through the collaborative agreement with WTCS Districts offering Silver Lake College courses for Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS) purposes may be applied toward the LOD graduation requirements.

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The courses will involve pre-approved course substitutions with the program director. The SLC courses that will be applied toward elective credits and specific core course substitutions in the LOD program curriculum is as follows:

  • BUS 543 Adult Development & Learning Theory
  • BUS 544 Performance-based Course Construction
  • BUS 546 Tools & Techniques of Adult Instruction
  • BUS 547 Measurement and Evaluation of Adult Learning
  • BUS 548 Behavioral Management
  • BUS 549 Managing Diversity in the Classroom
  • BUS 580 Special Topics in LOD

*Students may transfer up to six credits from an accredited institution.

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