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
2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting June 04, 2015 - June 06, 2015
New Orleans Marriott • New Orleans, Louisiana

“Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education”
Exciting collaborations are happening in 2015! This June, the ADP, TDC and NASPA communities will partner to strengthen and deepen 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 >>
2015 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute June 06, 2015 - June 09, 2015
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 >> 2015 Japan Studies Institute June 08, 2015 - June 21, 2015
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 >> 2015 Summer Council of Presidents July 11, 2015 - July 14, 2015
Denver, Colorado

Insight +Innovation=Transformation

Institutional transformation is complex and challenging. Changes in the economy, technology, campus cultures, and the academic environment influence the pace at which transformation occurs. These changes also create the necessity to foster innovation. 

The 2015 Summer Council of Presidents, Insight + Innovation = Transformation, features subject matter experts who will share research findings and provide the tools presidents and chancellors need to lead transformation in a rapidly changing environment.  Summer Council is intentionally designed to build in time for presidents and their spouses or partners to reflect on the program’s content and to interact with colleagues around the concepts and ideas presented. 

Denver, Colorado, known for sunshine, mountain vistas, cultural diversity and its colorful history, provides a perfect venue to achieve valuable insights into creating a culture of innovation that can help foster transformative leadership.

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2015 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting July 23, 2015 - July 25, 2015
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

"Re-Designing the First Year of College for Student Success"

Many students in the first year fail or drop out. Some of that failure can be attributed to lack of preparation. But in some instances, particularly given the changing student body, our outmoded legacy practices contribute to students’ lack of success. We need to create the most effective learning environment possible in the first year to maximize student retention and student success. For students, earning a college degree in the 21st century means the difference between opportunity and closed doors. The lives of our students, the future of our country, and the fate of our institutions are inevitably linked to the nature and quality of the first year of college. For this country to remain a vibrant economy and a robust democracy, many more of those students must not only have access to higher education; they have to successfully complete a college degree. And for our institutions, student success and institutional success are inseparable.

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2015 New Presidents Academy July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
La Jolla, California

THE Leadership Program for State College and University Presidents
The AASCU New Presidents Academy is tailored to the distinctive needs of presidents and chancellors who lead state colleges and universities. Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with your state university peers in a learning environment that is supportive, engaging and tailored to the specific challenges that a first-time president is likely to face. Read More >>
2015 AASCU Annual Meeting October 25, 2015 - October 27, 2015
JW Marriott • Austin, Texas

AASCU’s Annual Meeting provides the opportunity for presidents and chancellors to examine critical national issues and the leadership required to help our students succeed and our institutions thrive.  Exploring timely topics, AASCU’s Annual Meeting is your definitive resource to address the issues facing your campus, provide leadership to meet those challenges, and learn what is working on campuses across the nation. 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. 

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