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Friar Leadership and Immersion Program (FLIP)

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A central tenet of Providence College is that one’s undergraduate years are a time to learn and explore. At the School of Business, we have incorporated this philosophy into our Friar Leadership and Immersion Program (FLIP). FLIP provides opportunities for students to develop business skills and competencies through various means of professional and career exploration. In addition, the Providence College School of Business (PCSB) partners with the Chirico Career Center to offer experiential learning activities throughout the year that are part of FLIP.

Students are introduced to FLIP their freshman year through the First Year Experience program, either in their advising workshops or their Introduction to Business class. In fact, we are so committed to starting this exploration early in one’s college career that freshman participation in FLIP is a requirement for advancing in the School of Business. What comes from this kind of exploration? Discovery. Through FLIP and the Friar Four Career Core (F4CC), both of which are part of FIT (Friar Involvement Tracker), students discover early on the resources Providence College has to offer. They explore various career options, the steps needed to pursue them, and acquire both the technical and soft skills to get there.

Ultimately, FLIP enhances the student experience by engaging students in experiential learning activities; guiding them into business careers; helping them network with alumni and business professionals; and preparing them for their chosen field by developing business skills and competencies.

Student Requirements for the Friar Leadership & Immersion Program

First-year business students and new business majors are required to achieve a minimum of 250 points by the end of their first year. Since most new students are still exploring careers, majors, or considering study abroad, there are numerous activities available making the minimum requirement of 250 points easily achievable.

In addition to completing 250 points, first-year students are also required to complete two programs in Cultural agility, including the Working Together Across Differences workshop. Cultural Agility focuses on increasing students’ exposure to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and provide opportunities for skill development to prepare students entering a diverse workforce.

FLIP creates opportunities for students to engage within the School of Business and will expose students to opportunities that will help shape their first-year experience and serve as a foundation to build on for their time at Providence College.

PCSB strongly recommends all class years participate in FLIP. See more information about the FLIP Expert badge below.

FLIP-FYE (First-Year Experience) Badge

The FLIP-FYE (First-Year Experience) badge will mark the completion of these requirements during their first-year in the PCSB.  Achievement of this badge is documented in a students’ dashboard within the program’s online application and available to show in internship interviews and, later, to potential employers.

FLIP Expert Badge


The PCSB has worked with the Chirico Career Center to develop the FLIP Expert badge. This badge showcases a student’s continued pursuit of excellence in the School of Business and their commitment to preparation for their career. The FLIP Expert badge builds off students’ first-year experiences and continues to create opportunity for advanced career preparation.

The FLIP Expert badge requires the following items:

  • 1250 FLIP Points
  • Microsoft Excel Certification
  • Summer or Semester-Long Credit Bearing Internship
  • Participation in 5 High-Impact Practices in the PCSB
  • Completion of 2 Friar Involvement Tracker Milestones

Students are encouraged to complete the FLIP Expert badge during their sophomore and junior years to allow students to focus on securing employment and postgraduate opportunities during their senior year. During their senior years, students who earn the FLIP Expert badge will have access to special networking and employer engagement events.

Earning FLIP Points from Exposure to Mastery


FLIP points are earned by attending on-campus functions and participating in activities ranging from career exposure to career readiness. Activities eligible for the Friar Leadership & Immersion Program (FLIP) are offered by the School of Business, business clubs, the Chirico Career Center, and others. Examples of activities that earn FLIP points include attending:

  • the PCSB Involvement Fair
  • Career EXPO
  • the PCSB Dean’s Symposium
  • the Study Abroad Fair
  • Friar Four Career Core workshops
  • PCSB student organization events

New experiential learning opportunities that are dynamic and professionally-focused are constantly being created and will be added to the FLIP program as they are developed.

Each FLIP-eligible, experiential-learning activity is coded with a specific level that provides a certain number of points. There are very few activities that are coded at Level 5 (Mastery), while there are many speakers and fairs coded at Level 1 (Exposure):

Level 1: Exposure – 10 points
Level 2: Interaction – 20 points
Level 3: Participation – 50 points
Level 4: Expertise – 75 points
Level 5: Mastery – 150 points

The chart at the bottom of this page provides some examples to use as a guide.

To be eligible for FLIP, activities must develop one of the following critical competencies. In most cases, each activity will only be coded as one primary area of competency, although there may be exposure to other secondary competencies.

  • Career and Professional Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Cultural Agility
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Global Awareness
  • Networking and Relationship Management
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Technology

Friar Involvement Tracker

Student involvement in FLIP, the Friar Four Career Core (F4CC), and other PC competency-based milestones and badges is tracked in an online platform within the Suitable application. This platform helps students visualize their pathways, measure their progress, share information with potential employers, and even compare their pathways with other PC students.

Students accumulate points by attending and/or participating in experiential learning activities, which are promoted through the application and announced in PCSB and Chirico Career Center newsletters. Point levels are determined by the depth of involvement and the type of competency associated with the activity

This platform also provides a way for students to demonstrate their progress in completing milestones and badges to recruiters and companies. Companies are most interested in recruiting students who demonstrate professional development, leadership skills, and campus engagement. A student’s online dashboard shows one’s progress through career exploration, acquired business skills, and campus involvement.

How to Sign Up for the Suitable App

  • Download the Suitable app to your phone from your regular app store
  • Use your @friars.providence.edu email to register
  • Login through the Providence College portal within the app
  • Allow camera access to the app
  • At eligible events, look for and scan QR codes, which certify your participation and/or attendance
  • Once the application notes that a student attended and/or participated in an event, it applies this event to their pathway and records the points earned in the student’s account

Outcomes from FLIP and the Friar Four Career Core (F4CC)


Students who receive the FLIP badge, as well as the Friar Four Career Core milestones, will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes and skills:

Outcomes:

  • Develop an experience-based knowledge of their discipline
  • Engage and reflect on new experiences
  • Contribute to their communities and learn the value of making a contribution
  • Understand the needs of others by acquiring cultural awareness and learning to appreciate differences
  • Acquire managerial skills including planning, organizing, problem solving, and communicating
  • Gain exposure to styles of leadership and best practices

Skills:

  • Application of theoretical reasoning to business problems
  • Awareness of the decision-making process
  • Improved communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to critically examine their experiences
  • Improved oral and written proficiencies
  • Develop leadership skills

Examples of How a Student Could Accumulate FLIP and FIT Points, Milestones, & Badges

The chart below illustrates how FLIP points can be accumulated by students:

Sample ActivityLevelCompetencyFLIP Points
PCSB Involvement Fair1Career & Professional Development10
PC Study Abroad Fair1Career & Professional Development10
PCSB Speaker1Global & Cultural Awareness20
Friar Four Career Core Workshop1Career & Professional Development10
PC Fall or Spring Career EXPO1Career & Professional Development10
First Year Advising Workshops1Career & Professional Development10
Friar Sales Showcase2Networking & Relationship Management20
Microsoft Excel Certification2Technology20
Microsoft Excel Certification Workshops3Technology50
RI Conference on Values-Based Leadership3Networking & Relationship Management50
Internship (Domestic)3Career & Professional Development50
International Internship4Global & Cultural Awareness75
International Internship in a Foreign Language5Global & Cultural Awareness150

For more information about FLIP, FLIP-FYE, and the online application, please contact the PCSB Undergraduate office at Ryan 135, or by email at pcsb@providence.edu.