FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have another commitment (prom, track championship, etc.) that will prevent me from attending the Interview Day, can I still apply?

We understand that you may have extenuating circumstances and commitments that may prevent you from attending the Interview Day. Therefore, phone interviews will be conducted the week afterwards for all those invited to attend the in-person interviews but unable to come on Friday, May 3rd. We ask that if your conflict is not pressing and can be rescheduled or re-arranged, please do so. We will be contacting all those who have a completed application by April 24, 2013 with their status for the in-person interview. Should you be selected for an interview, please follow the instructions on the letter to make arrangements for a phone interview at that time. 

2. I have decided to attend a regional campus (i.e. Kent State at Trumbull) instead of the Kent campus, can I still be in the program?

The Provost’s Leadership Academy is only for students enrolled at the Kent campus. Students enrolled in the PLA program will become familiar with resources and staff on the Kent campus and will be working on resolving areas of concern. If you choose to enroll at one of our regional campuses, we highly recommend talking with their Student Services Office to learn about leadership and involvement opportunities at their campus.

3. My son/daughter will be overseas studying abroad and will not be back for the on-campus interview, will this prevent him/her from participating?

We understand that you may have extenuating circumstances and commitments that may prevent you from attending the Interview Day. Therefore, phone interviews will be conducted the week afterwards for all those invited to attend the in-person interviews. We ask that if your conflict is not pressing and can be rescheduled or re-arranged, please do so. We will be contacting all those who have a completed application with their invitation status for the in-person interview. Should you be selected for an interview, please follow the instructions on the letter to make arrangements for a phone interview at that time. Students must be able to make the Interview Day May 3rd or have a phone interview. Members will be selected by May 10, 2013.

4. The website says that I will need a current resume, where do I submit it?

Resumes are necessary for those students who are selected for an in-person interview. Bring the resume with you to the in-person Interview Day on May 3rd, 2013. Should you arrange for a phone interview, you can email your resume after being notified of your selection.

5. How will I know if my recommender submitted the application or my application is complete?

A week following your application submission, you should begin receiving status updates on what your application still needs to be considered complete. Once your application is complete, you will receive a final notification that all materials from your application have been received. After which, the next communication you will receive will be in regards to the interview decision by April 24, 2013. Depending upon when your application is considered complete, you may not hear from us for a few weeks. It is important to check your email (for now both preferred and Kent State) regularly as this is how we will notify you of your status.

6. If all of my application materials are submitted, do I just show up at the Interview Day?

No, please read the answer to question 5 for our process explanation. You will receive an email by April 24, 2013 with our decision whether to invite you to participate in the interview or not. We publish the interview date well in advance to give our applicants the opportunity to make the necessary arrangements to participate. We cannot stress enough how important it is to check your email regularly.

7. How will I know more information about where the PLA Interviews are being held?

Those who are invited to participate in the PLA Interview Day will be notified through email by mid April. In this email, it will include directions and more specific information on the details of the PLA Interview Day. Again, it is important to check your email regularly. As we receive updates, we will send them to those who are invited to participate.

8. Will I get the book award in enough time to buy my books before Welcome Weekend?

The book award will not be dispersed until May 2014 after completion of the 2013-2014 PLA program. Only members of the Provost’s Leadership Academy who successfully complete the program will receive the book award. No money or scholarship for your acceptance into the PLA membership will be distributed before the freshman attends Welcome Weekend.

9. What will the projects be that members of PLA would work on?

The projects for the Provost’s Leadership Academy members will be determined by their individual teams. The members are broken up into two teams (Blue and Gold) and will work together to identify projects for the group to develop to improve the University for them and their fellow students. They will then be charged with researching those areas more in depth and coming up with project proposals to present to the Provost (Chief Academic Officer of the University). The Provost and other University administrators will give the teams feedback on their proposals that may be useful in helping them to determine their final projects. The final decision of which project to pursue rests solely with the members of the academy. Some projects that the members of PLA have considered in the past are:

  • PARTA campus loop GPS tracker/smart phone application. 
  • Revisions to the First Year Experience Course.
  • FlashPerks incentive for Recycling.
  • Adding convenience items to campus markets.
  • Adding a new dining/sandwich shop option near Stopher/Johnson Hall.
  • Adding Flash Cash options to Dining Plans
  • Event Board/Marquee on outside of campus to announce events.

10. How much time will members of the PLA have to commit to the program?

Members of PLA will generally spend no more than three (3) hours per week involved in activities and meetings for the program. Meetings will be every Monday for no more than two hours. Due to the size of the teams, no one member should be required to do a majority of the team’s work. Every member of the PLA teams must contribute something to the final project. The PLA Mentors will help guide and facilitate this process and assure equal distribution of the workload. Unless the members decide on it, there will be very little out of meeting work needed.