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    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for early- to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership. The program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate to each other. ELP offers participants the opportunity to assess their leadership style and strengths, to engage in dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education, and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program centers on the development and execution of a project/initiative on participants’ home campuses over the course of the academic year, designed to build participants’ leadership capacity and advance their career goals.

    For more information about the program and how to apply, please read the information below.

    Eligible Participants and Nomination Process

    Submit an application for the 2021 Emerging Leaders Program. Applications are due Friday, March 12, 2021.                                                                 

    The program is limited to 25 early- to mid-career staff professional and faculty leaders who have shown leadership potential and a desire to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The university’s president/chancellor or another cabinet-level administrator must nominate participants.   

    It is important that attendees implement the knowledge obtained at ELP at their home campus. To that end, we ask the nominator to plan with the nominee a project/initiative that will provide the attendee an opportunity to expand their leadership skills. 

    All applications must include a one-page project description. Click here for a sample description. Examples of university projects include the following: 

    • Chairing or co-chairing a division, university-wide committee or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies. 

    • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative.

    • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data.   


    Nominating a candidate for ELP also includes the responsibility to mentor or designate a mentor for the participant and to provide guidance and advice on the project, initiative or assignment.

    Nomination packages should be uploaded in the applicant's online submission or forwarded to AASCU at leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org attention ELP by Friday, March 12, 2021. The nomination package should contain the following:

    • A nomination letter by the university’s president/chancellor or other cabinet-level member stating the nominee’s qualifications for the program, leadership strengths and areas for improvement, the potential for advancement, and the possible career opportunities. 
    • A description of the nominee's project/initiative that has been planned by the nominee and nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the university, what professional development opportunities the nominee would receive by accomplishing the project/initiative, and who will be the mentor that will work with the nominee to accomplish the project/initiative.


    For more information, contact:     

    Susannah Rodrigue
    Meetings Coordinator    
    (202) 478-4675  


    Due to COVID-19, AASCU is confirming details for the 2021 ELP.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ELP is a hybrid program consisting of an online and an in-person component. The online portion includes one webinar per month from July–November 2020, and the in-person seminar is currently scheduled to take place January 8–11, 2021, at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. More details to come.

    Webinar Series

    July 10, 2020 "Meet and Greet" Introductory Session and Project Discussion

    August 7, 2020 Emergenetics Assessment 

    September 2, 2020 Title IX and Campus Accountability: Issues Now and on the Horizon

    October 14, 2020 Policy Update

    October 28, 2020 Understanding Social Media

    November 10, 2020 Project Check-in


    ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents and chancellors and content experts. Charles Welch, president, Arkansas State University System acts as coordinator of ELP.   

    Registration Information and Fees

    Note: Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance in April and will receive instructions on how to complete the registration. 

    Registration Fees

    • AASCU member institutions - $950 
    • Non-AASCU member institutions - $1400

      The registration fee includes all program costs, materials, and all-but-one meal during the in-person seminar. Participants are responsible for paying their own hotel accommodations and travel costs.  

    Hotel Accommodations

    Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
    1201 24th St. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20037
    Phone: (202) 789-1234

    Faculty should contact Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478-4675 or rodrigues@aascu.org to book and confirm their hotel accommodations. Program participants can click here to make reservations at the reduced group rate.

    Accommodations at Park Hyatt are required for all participants. Please contact Susannah Rodrigue at (202) 478-4675 with any questions.

    Located in the heart of America, the Park Hyatt  is a 10-minute walk from Georgetown shops and restaurants. A variety of popular D.C. landmarks and cultural attractions are also easily accessible, including the Phillips Collection and Georgetown waterfront, which are nearby

    Check-in at the hotel is at 4 p.m. and checkout is at noon.   


    Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)  - 6 miles
    Dulles International Airport (IAD) - 27 miles
    Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) - 37 miles

    Many companies provide taxicab service at all area airports.

    Additional Transportation

    The nearest metro station to Park Hyatt Washington D.C. is Foggy Bottom / George Washington University Station, located on the corner of 23rd and I (Eye) Streets, NW. This station is located along the Orange and Blue lines and is .4 mile walk from the Park Hyatt.

    The hotel is also located near the Dupont Circle Station, the south entrance is located on the corner of Connecticut Ave. & 19th St., NW. This station is located along the Red line, and is a .6 mile walk from the Park Hyatt.

    Air Travel

    AASCU is pleased to partner with American Airlines to provide discount travel for all meeting attendees traveling to the DC area (DCA, BWI, or IAD airports) for ELP. All travel booked via American Airlines will receive a 6% discount off published fares (excluding basic economy and non-discountable fares).           
    The discount can be booked online at www.aa.com for AA/AE flights only without a ticketing charge; allow at least one hour for AA.com loading. Use the Authorization Number 6711BK as the promotion code. 

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