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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Award-winning Management Diagnostic Center scheduled for August 10 at USI

Contact for more information:
Brandi Schwartz
Marketing Coordinator
Outreach & Engagement
USI's Center for Human Resource Development in the Division of Outreach and Engagement will offer its award-winning Management Diagnostic Center (MDC) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.

Launched in 1996, MDC is an assessment program designed to determine the developmental needs of managers, supervisors, and those aspiring to take on leadership roles within their business or organization. The program identifies skill sets needed to be a successful manager or supervisor and ways to test for these skills. MDC can also identify strengths and developmental needs of leaders and assist in the development of an individualized training plan.

Through simulations and exercises, MDC participants encounter challenges and tasks common to a broad spectrum of supervisory and management positions. Observations and evaluations by expert assessors who use behaviorally anchored standards are combined to generate a diagnostic summary and developmental recommendations on each individual. Evaluations are provided to both the employee and employer and are based on the participant's ability to function in eight areas of effective management. Results are designed for individual growth and development.

When developmental needs are identified, participants receive recommendations in the form of coursework, seminars, books, and community activities. Specially formulated USI supervisory/management development courses and seminars are also offered to meet the identified training needs.

MDC evaluations include ability ratings that are based on input from three assessors who must agree on a final rating for each dimension on each participant. MDC assessors are thoroughly trained in objective evaluation techniques and the evaluations are based on performances in four separate exercises.

"Azteca has actively participated in USI's Management Diagnostic Center to help identify candidates who will fill open supervisory positions and to identify skills a candidate may need to further succeed in their current position as well as future growth opportunities," said Kelly Huff, logistics manager at Azteca Milling. "Once development opportunities are identified, the MDC suggests a wide range of materials to the participants in an effort to meet their particular training needs. It's a wonderful tool to help identify developmental opportunities and to establish an action plan for those individuals who desire to further develop their career opportunities."

Registration for the MDC program is $345 and includes lunch and refreshments. To register, contact the Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600. Registrations can also be completed online at with course number MDC 580B.

Questions about MDC can be directed to Rebecca Deeg, program coordinator in the Center for Human Resource Development, at or 812/464-1816.

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