• Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA)

    The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is a leadership program tailored to the distinctive needs of those who aspire to become provosts (chief academic officers) at AASCU institutions. Cosponsored by AASCU and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), this year-long program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts. BAPA also assists participants in gaining a better understanding of the broader context within which their own institutions operate and in developing perspectives beyond their current position, division and institution.

    Program Format and Content

    BAPA is a year-long program that allows participants the opportunity to remain in their current positions while working through the curriculum. The program is bookended by two national seminars, each of which is held in conjunction with AASCU’s Academic Affairs Summer Meetings. These seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU provosts, AASCU presidents and other experts. During the remainder of the year, BAPA participants take part in webinars and other training activities.

    In addition to group activities, a substantial part of the program is focused on individual needs. The BAPA program starts with the development of a Personalized Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses the strengths as well as the gaps and omissions in the preparation of individual participants. Then, during the year, BAPA assists participants in addressing areas of special interest or need. Much of the individual focus is provided by a mentor. Usually the mentor is the provost of the institution where the participant works, although sometimes, for various reasons, another mentor is used. 

    Eligibility

    Individuals 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 participants from other sectors are also accepted.

    Fees

    The program fee for individual participants for the 2017-2018 academic year is $2,100. This fee includes all program costs, meals during the two national seminars and registration for the 2018 AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. The participant or his or her institution is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The American Academic Leadership Institute is providing financial support to enable this program fee to be kept at this level.

    Nomination Form and Brochure

    Please click here for the 2017-2018 nomination form. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

    Please click here to download the 2017-2018 program brochure.

    AASCU Staff Contact

    Jolanda M. Westerhof
    Associate Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change  
    Phone: (202) 478-4649 
    westerhofj@aascu.org

    Testimonials

    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, Associate Provost, 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, Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Guam

    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, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 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


    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.