EXCEL FAQs

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    What is EXCEL?

    EXCEL is an acronym for EXperience in Community Enterprise and Leadership. It is a process for community leadership, not a pre-packaged program.

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    How is EXCEL different from other community leadership programs?

    The program features a high degree of flexibility, local control, inclusiveness and focus on the future of community governance.

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    What kinds of outcomes can we expect from an EXCEL program?

    Communities can expect to see new and younger people running for public office, more involvement in community activities and organizations, improved community appearance, boards and commissions functioning more smoothly.

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    How long does it take to set up a program?

    Allow six to 12 months to plan and organize an EXCEL program. Ongoing support and assistance is provided by a local University of Missouri Extension specialist or another technical assistance provider.

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    How many people are involved?

    Membership is limited to about 30 participants per class to ensure effective learning for all.

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    How much does it cost?

    The program budget is developed by a steering committee. Funding usually comes from fees — generally $100 to $500 per participant — or scholarships from local firms, government and organizations.

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    How do we get started?

    Contact your local University of Missouri Extension office or:
    Johanna Reed Adams
    225 Gentry Hall
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211
    573-882-8393
    adamsjr@missouri.edu