Derived from insights gained from the Red Balloon Project, the Academic Affairs Summer Meeting will focus on the critical tools and elements that are necessary to create a 21st century institution. We will be examining issues such as:
- data analytics (with a special focus on learning analytics);
- course redesign such as blended learning courses, collaborative blended learning courses, flipped courses, large lecture redesign (especially in science), and mathematics emporiums;
- working with for-profit providers;
- analysis and action strategies to identify and address areas of common failure and program bottlenecks
- new approaches to community engagement
- models for campus-wide internationalization
The conference also will have programming to address a number of other critical issues that academic officers and other institutional leaders are confronting such as budget reductions, accreditation, strategic positioning, new faculty roles, and enrollment management.
Provosts may invite anyone from their campus to participate in the Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. In light of this meeting’s program focus, provosts may find it useful to invite institutional research or course design professionals. At the Winter Meeting in San Antonio, we had associate provosts and other senior institutional officers, as well as deans, faculty members, and other institutional leaders.
I hope you’ll join us for this summer conference in San Francisco.
For questions about the Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, please contact:
Jill M. Gately
Manager, ALC Meetings and Outreach Programs
The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA):
A Year-Long AASCU Program for Aspiring Chief Academic Officers 2012
In recent years, we have offered a special Sunday post-conference program, Becoming a Provost. This year’s Academic Affairs Summer Meeting marks the beginning of a new year-long program, the Academic Leadership Academy (ALA). Modeled on the Executive Leadership Academy developed and directed by Ann Die Hasselmo, the ALA is designed for individuals interested in becoming chief academic officers. For more information, see the description below. There is no longer a Becoming a Provost Program. Instead, the Sunday following the Academic Affairs Summer Meeting will be the launch of the year-long ALA. Participants will apply for the ALA program in late March, and if selected, will be expected to attend the Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, as some of the programming will occur during those three days. In addition, ALA participants will be expected to for the Sunday program on July 29th in San Francisco for the start of the year-long ALA.
Description of the Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA)
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a leadership organization concerned about the future of American public higher education. To have a strong and robust system of public higher education, America needs well-prepared, thoughtful leaders who can lead their institutions through these difficult and challenging circumstances.
To provide the next generation of leaders, we need a pipeline of leaders advancing towards the presidency. For our changing institutions and our changing student bodies, we particularly need to increase the number of women and minority presidents and chancellors, and to achieve that goal, we must increase the diversity of well-qualified candidates coming through the leadership pipeline.
To address this problem, AASCU, in partnership with the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), has created a year-long Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA), focused on preparing individuals to become chief academic officers. Much of the cost of the Academy is being provided by AALI, campuses are asked to pay a modest registration fee.
Here’s how the program works:
- Each spring, AASCU chief academic officers will be asked to nominate someone from their campus to participate in the program. The cost of the year-long program is $525. The program includes participation in two summer conferences, in 2012 and 2013; plus a series of activities throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
The candidates that are selected will be invited to come to the AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.
During the conference, there will be a series of events and meetings for the BAPA participants. Some of the programming will occur between Thursday afternoon and Saturday evening during the conference. In addition, BAPA participants will also be expected to participate in a day-long (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) training program on Sunday, July 29th, the day after the Academic Affairs conference ends.
Following the summer conference, AASCU and AALI will continue to provide support to individual candidates as they advance in their careers.
- Candidates nominated must be ready to move to the chief academic officer position in their next career move.
- Provosts will be asked to give priority to women and minority candidates.
- Provosts who nominate someone must be prepared to provide mentoring the following year, or be willing to help identify a mentor on the home campus.
- The campus president or chancellor must endorse the application.
For more information, please contact George Mehaffy at (202) 478-4672 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org