Conferences and Leadership Development

AASCU creates professional development opportunities for member presidents and chancellors and their spouses and partners, along with complementary programs and services for the presidential leadership team and for women and racial/ethnic minorities who aspire to leadership roles. AASCU undertakes a systematic approach to fostering new leaders who will contribute to academic quality and educational innovation.
Upcoming Meetings
NEW! AASCU’s Webinar Series December 02, 2015 - December 02, 2015

12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern/9:30am - 10:30am Pacific

Ever get the feeling that the results of your student learning outcomes (SLO) program don’t accurately reflect what your institution and its students are truly capable of to your key constituencies, including accrediting bodies, policymakers, potential students and parents?  The process of selecting assessment tools, effectively using the data provided by those tools, and engaging the various stakeholders within your institution can be a daunting task.    Read More >>
2015 Higher Education Government Relations Conference December 09, 2015 - December 11, 2015
JW Marriott • Austin, Texas

Higher Education and the Public Good

Most states have entered a post-recession period of reinvestment in higher education, yet steep funding cuts remain a reality in many states. And collectively throughout the U.S., the state-to-student cost shift in who pays for a college education continues its long term trend. While legislatively-directed, taxpayer-provided funding of higher education remains the preeminent factor in rising college prices, public higher education is simultaneously being buffeted by an increasingly utilitarian narrative—one in which public discourse and public policy is increasingly focused on the vocational, and less on the civic and intellectual.

What’s at stake? The very ability of public higher education institutions to fulfill their foundational missions to advance teaching, service and research that benefits all of society. 

The 2015 conference program will showcase messages, strategies and tactics for articulating public higher education’s leadership role in fostering positive change on issues transcending virtually every human endeavor that impacts citizens, communities and states; from local to global. Conference participants will strengthen their ability to persuasively convey to state lawmakers and other stakeholders the collective economic and social good generated by public colleges and universities. Attendees will be equipped with the financing strategies and policies requisite to ensuring public colleges remain affordable, publicly-funded and of high quality, enabling them to remain stewards of their communities and states.

Conference participants will also hear the very latest developments in state higher education funding and policy as well as federal legislation and regulations emanating from Congress and the Obama administration impacting colleges and universities. 

2016 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting February 04, 2016 - February 06, 2016
Austin, TX

Improving Student Success:  Policies, Programs and Practices
The AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting in Austin, TX will focus on the factors that contribute to student success. A growing body of research suggests that we know a great deal about the most promising practices to dramatically increase student success. Yet student success efforts on too many campuses remain piecemeal, disconnected, or idiosyncratic. We don’t have a knowledge problem. We have an implementation problem. Read More >>
2016 AASCU/NAFSA Institute for New Senior International Officers February 10, 2016 - February 12, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators are pleased to announce the Institute for New Senior International Officers. Designed for SIOs working on AASCU member campuses, the institute offers participants the opportunity to be introduced to the key skills and knowledge a SIO must master as a leader in internationalization at a public comprehensive college or university. Read More >> 2016 Communications Conference for Senior Professionals March 29, 2016 - March 31, 2016
Washington, D.C.

This conference is designed especially for senior public relations and marketing professionals at schools that are members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Read More >> 2016 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA June 02, 2016 - June 04, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown • Indianapolis, Indiana

The ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to increase the breadth and depth of the civic learning and engagement work that we are all committed to across our institutions—both public and private. All three organizations are dedicated to ensuring that students graduate from our colleges and universities prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations on our individual campuses and across our initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal. Read More >> 2016 Japan Studies Institute June 06, 2016 - June 19, 2016
San Diego State University

Join your colleagues from both two and four year institutions around the country for a two-week intensive Summer Institute focused on the study of modern Japan. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education. Read More >> 2016 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute June 11, 2016 - June 14, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) is to prepare, enhance and advance the prospect for qualified candidates, who have progressed in their professional careers, to compete successfully, for positions of president or chancellor at universities or colleges, public or private. Read More >>


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