• Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA)

    The AASCU Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is a leadership program tailored to the distinctive needs of individuals aspiring to become provosts (chief academic officers) at AASCU institutions. The program provides detailed and specific training in the areas that are the most critical areas of responsibilities for provosts. The program also offers practical advice based on leadership research, provided by a teaching faculty of current sitting AASCU provosts, augmented by current AASCU presidents and other experts.

    Program Format and Content

    The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) a joint project of AASCU and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), is a year-long program which allows participants the opportunity to remain in their current positions while working through the curriculum of the program. The Becoming a Provost Academy is deeply intertwined with the AASCU Academic Affairs meetings that occur twice annually. BAPA participants convene during the AASCU academic affairs summer meeting held in late July. At that meeting, the BAPA participants attend specific Academy programming. At the same time, candidates are also expected to participate fully in the AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, allowing candidates the opportunity to listen to presentations of concern to provosts, and also have multiple opportunities to interact with sitting provosts. BAPA candidates are also expected to attend the AASCU academic affairs winter meeting, which again offers both BAPA and academic affairs programming.

    During the remainder of the year, BAPA candidates participate in webinars and other training activities that address critical concerns for provosts. In addition to the large group activities, a substantial part of the program is focused on individual needs. The BAPA program starts with the development of a personalized learning plan which assesses the strengths as well as the gaps and omissions in the preparation of individual candidates. Then, during the year, the program assists candidates to address areas of special interest or need, through an individualization of the curriculum. Much of the individual focus is provided by a mentor. Usually the mentor is the provost of the institution where the candidate works, although sometimes, for various reasons, another mentor is used.


    Candidates are invited to apply if they are eligible to become a provost in their next career move. Participants are normally from AASCU institutions but occasionally candidates from other sectors are also accepted.

    Application Form and Brochure

    2016-2017 application form is due Friday, April 1, 2016
    Download nomination form (pdf)

    2016-2017 Program Brochure
    Download brochure (pdf)

    Cost: $1,940


    BAPA is an exciting opportunity to explore university administration from a different angle. The speakers all gave generously of their time, expertise and insight! It was a great year that went too fast!
    -- Brenda Nichols, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Lamar University

    The BAPA program was an exhilarating opportunity for me to learn from seasoned provosts, and develop new networks from colleagues within my class and among the alumni and facilitators. I found the one-year formal experiential plan, mentoring conference calls, and follow-up meetings during the AASCU conferences to be of tremendous value for me during my executive development journey in higher education.
    -- Anita Borja Enriquez, Interim Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Guam

    As a result of participating in the BAPA, I was not only exposed to a number of issues impacting higher education, but was able to engage in self-assessment that enabled me to see myself as a leader of the change that is inherent in higher education. The program forced me to challenge my notion of leadership and step outside my comfort zone. The experience was transformative and had an immediate positive impact in my current role.
    -- Joel Frater, Assistant Provost for Diversity, SUNY Brockport

    AASCU's "Becoming a Provost Academy" was a truly unique leadership program. It provided intensive training, development and mentoring targeted towards preparing candidates to be an effective and successful provost at a state college or university. In addition, the network of BAPA alums is extensive and supportive. I highly recommend this outstanding leadership program.
    -- Lynnette Zelezny, Associate Provost, CSU-Fresno

    The BAPA program provides a blend of structured programming and customized experiences to ensure that participants have an excellent experience. The opportunities provided to me to visit peer institutions and to learn from colleagues were invaluable to me. The generosity of facilitators and invited speakers in candidly sharing lessons learned was a much-appreciated gift for all of us who were part of the program.
    -- Patricia L. Donat, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Georgia



    The program fee for individual participants for the 2016 – 2017 academic year is $1,940. The fee includes a BAPA registration fee of $550.00 for the 2017 AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. The American Academic Leadership Institute is providing financial support to enable this program fee to be kept at this level.


    Faculty for the BAPA include a number of sitting AASCU provosts, as well as current and former presidents, and other experts.

    AASCU Staff Contact

    Jolanda M. Westerhof
    Associate Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change  
    Phone: (202) 478-4649 
    Fax: (202) 296-5819

    AALIThe Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is supported by generous funding from the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Visit www.americanali.org for more information.