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
2016 AASCU China International Conference and Expo AND Mongolia Student Fair October 13, 2016 - October 27, 2016
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia • Beijing & Shanghai, China

AASCU is pleased to announce our 15th Sino-American conference in Beijing, October 18-27, 2016.
Each year for the past fifteen years, we have taken AASCU senior leaders (presidents, provosts, international officers, deans, department heads, and faculty) to China to participate in a series of activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships in China.

AASCU plans to participate the College Fair in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. If your university is interested in joining AASCU for the College Fair before going to China, please register with EducationUSA and identify as AASCU institution. AASCU does NOT charge any fees for joining the Mongolian College Fair.

Registration for the Mongolia Student Fair is now CLOSED.

    2016 AASCU Annual Meeting October 30, 2016 - November 01, 2016
    Intercontinental Miami • Miami, Florida

    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. Read More >> 2016 Higher Education Government Relations Conference November 30, 2016 - December 02, 2016
    St. Petersburg, Florida

    What’s Next? Public Higher Education at a Crossroads 

    This year has been challenging for public colleges and universities throughout the country. Increased political discord in statehouses, stagnant or declining state budget revenues, and an array of cultural divisions have further strained the relationship between campuses and the capital. Despite these challenges, affordable public higher education has shown to be an increasingly important issue for families, symbolized by new, far-reaching proposals from national leaders aiming to stop longstanding disinvestment and restrain the growth in tuition and debt for the next generation of students. 

    Public higher education, therefore, remains at a crossroads: state political and economic dynamics have led to further disinvestment and cost shifts, while more students and families are calling on candidates and political leaders to fundamentally reform higher education financing. The challenges of state and national higher education policy are likely to play out in this year’s election, with more discussion of higher education policy than any cycle in recent memory.  

    With the 2016 campaign over, this conference will assess the new political landscape and its ramifications for higher education. The conference will demonstrate how campus government relations professionals can create messages, engage and energize stakeholders, and assemble coalitions that recognize and reflect new realities confronting public higher education and state government. Conference participants will garner insight into strategies that can effective convey the value of investing in higher education while also having ample opportunities to network and learn from their colleagues. Participants will also hear about the latest trends in state higher education funding and policy, national economic dynamics, and updates from Capitol Hill and insights pertaining to the next presidential administration. 
    Square Pegs: Are Today’s Leaders a Good Fit for Tomorrow’s Institutions? December 01, 2016 - December 01, 2016

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern/ 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Pacific

    Are you ready to lead tomorrow’s university? It is a fair question to ask of today’s public college and university leaders as the fundamental premises of state-funded higher education change. As funding challenges, new technologies, and political dynamics alter our landscape, is the kind of executive required to lead state institutions also changing? Do we need academics, entrepreneurs, politicians, and miracle workers all rolled into one?

    2017 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting February 02, 2017 - February 04, 2017
    Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina • San Diego, California

    "Pathways: Structuring Choices, Facilitating Success"
    AASCU’s 2017 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting will focus on ways to smooth the road to graduation, not just for students who enter as freshmen, but also for transfer students.  Read More >>
    2017 AASCU/NAFSA Institute for New Senior International Officers February 15, 2017 - February 17, 2017
    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 >> Emerging Paradigms for Public Higher Education February 22, 2017 - February 24, 2017
    Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

    Read More >> 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA June 07, 2017 - June 10, 2017
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront • Baltimore, Maryland

    The American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA are committed to advancing the civic engagement movement in higher education.  Join us in Baltimore for our annual conference which brings together faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students and community partners. Together we will ensure that students graduate from our colleges and universities--both public and private--prepared to be the informed, engaged citizens that our communities and our democracy need.  Read More >>


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