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Professional Leadership Program II (PLP II)

Please note that the information, and information design of this page is under revision! Please contact program director Dr. Doo-Oak Kim (doo-oak.kim@uky.edu 859.257.8924) for authoritative information.

Program Purpose: Focus on the professional learning and research plan in the IPPMI

  1. Program Period:  2 year
  2. Program Tuition: $20,000
  3. Program Curriculum: Total 20 hours per week 
    1. Academic Class I: 3 hours/week

            -   Instructor: Michael Childress 

            -   Class Focus: Federal, State, and Local Government in the United States

2.    Academic Class II: 3 hours/Week

     -   Instructor: Dr. Doo Oak Kim 

     -   Class Focus: Pubic Policy Seminars related to the student’s research topics. 

3.    Independent Study: 14 hours/week  

            -   Instructor: Dr. Doo Oak Kim

            -   Course Outline:

               1) Independent Study: Each student

               2) Provide a brief report to the IPPMI

               3) Performance Evaluation: Instructor, Dr. Doo Oak Kim 

  1. IPPMI Independent Study Proposal  
    1. Course Overview

      -  Each student will develop an independent study program to fulfill the terms of the research plan that was approved for their study at the University of Kentucky. 

      -  As the attached sample research proposal indicates, the research is grounded in a thorough review of public documents, consideration of news accounts and studies and information provided by a variety of relevant organizations, academic studies, interviews with relevant administrators and policy makers, data collection, and on-site observation.

    -  During the first week of the independent study, the student will identify relevant information sources and search strategies that will be pursued during that semester.


  1. Student Reporting to the IPPMI

              -  Each week, the student will provide a brief report detailing;

  • public documents and academic studies reviewed,
  • news accounts and studies and information provided by a variety of relevant organizations considered,
  • interviews with relevant administrators and policy makers conducted,
  • data collected, and
  • on-site observation pursued that week, as well as
  • any analysis and writing that was accomplished that week. 

             -  The student will report the amount of time spent on these activities and discuss the report with the independent study instructor. 

      3.  Performance Evaluation

            - The instructor will evaluate the student's work based on the adequacy and quality of each component at the end of each year.