About NCLP

Mission Statement

The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, through the development of cutting edge resources, information sharing, and symposia, supports leadership development in college students by serving as a central source of professional development for leadership educators. The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs also works to connect leadership educators to one another and support those developing leadership programs in their communities.

Guiding Principles

  • NCLP believes that leadership is a relational process of people working together to accomplish change or to make a difference that will benefit the common good.
  • NCLP believes everyone is involved in the leadership process and that everyone is capable of being an effective leader.
  • NCLP believes that leadership qualities and skills can be learned and developed and that leadership can be exhibited in many ways.
  • NCLP believes that leadership is a values rich process that can be practiced in multiple contexts because leadership is contextual.
  • NCLP believes that leadership education, training, and development should focus on expanding a student's inner knowledge of oneself and one's relations with others, enabling them to engage in the leadership process in various contexts.
  • NCLP believes that institutions should be committed to enhancing and developing the leadership capacities of students so they may enhance their professionss, their communities, and society.
  • NCLP believes that leadership initiatives and programs should embrace the values of diversity and inclusion in processes and content, to empower students to be effective change agents in a pluralistic world.
  • NCLP believes that leadership educators should contribute to the scholarship of leadership, help to advance the field of leadership studies, enhance effective pedagogies to develop leadership, and improve standards of practice.

Benefits of NCLP

Joining the NCLP community offers numerous benefits:

Career Connections

  • Employment opportunities listed on the Web and shared via email.


  • Access to 350+ leadership educators and professionals through an on-line membership directory and NCLP-L, an electronic mailing list hosted by Listserv.

Professional Development

  • Co-sponsored with ACPA and NASPA, the Leadership Educators Institute provides practical tools for leadershiop educators.


  • Concepts and Connections , a thematic newsletter published 3 times per year, features articles written by leading scholars and practitioners.

Members receive discounts on the following NCLP publications:

  • Student Leadership Program Model , a guide for designing a comprehensive student leadership program created by the InterAssociation Leadership Project.
  • Leadership Insights and Applications , a monograph series of cutting edge papers on leadership education strategies, resources, and current thinking.
  • A Social Change Model of Leadership Development , Guidebook
  • Citizens of Change: The Application Guidebook
  • Handbook for Student Leadership Programs


  • Full access to a website with extensive information on leadership. Password protected links include Assessment Tools, Associations and Organizations, Books, Conferences and Events, Co-Curricular Programs, Curricular Programs, Employment Opportunities, Journals and Newsletters, Reports, and Syllabi.

Standards of Practice

Contact Us

National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs 
1110 Stamp Student Union 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742 
fax: 301.314.9634 

For questions regarding purchases, listserv, or resources, please contact 
us at 301.314.8494 or nclp@umd.edu 

Craig Slack, Director 
Courtney Holder,  Coordinator 
Kelsey Bowen, Publications Editor
TBD, Listserv and Customer Services