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 Events
2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute (VIRTUAL) July 08, 2020 - November 13, 2020
Two webinars per month

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute will be a hybrid program consisting of an online and an in-person component. The online portion will include two conference calls and/or webinars per month from July–November 2020, and the in-person conference will take place January 8-11, 2021. 

The purpose of 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 >>
The Emerging Leaders Program (VIRTUAL) July 10, 2020 - October 28, 2020
One webinar per month

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. Therefore, the goal of ELP is to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate with each other. The first portion of the program, a 3½-day seminar, offers participants the opportunity to explore many facets of the academy; to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education; and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program also includes completing a leadership self-assessment, development of a plan designed to help participants achieve their leadership goals and creation of an action plan to complete a project/initiative at their home campuses during the following academic year. The second portion is completing the project/initiative.  Read More >> 2020 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting (VIRTUAL) July 24, 2020 - September 11, 2020
Join us virtually on July 24 and September 11

The Virtual CLDE will be an opportunity to foster deep connections and practice deliberative dialogue and responsible scholarship in an online format. The changes to higher education in the midst of the coronavirus have been extraordinary, and we recognize that our roles in civic learning and democratic engagement will continue to change. The purposeful and practical approach of the Virtual CLDE offers a space to explore with our colleagues, strengthen our institutions, and design for the future.

The Virtual CLDE20 will include plenary speakers, concurrent sessions, and much more, but we regret that we are unable to accept all of the programs originally slotted for the in-person CLDE20. While we have tried to contact every speaker, some emails may have been filtered into spam folders. If you have not been contacted by us to prepare your session for the Virtual CLDE20, we hope that you resubmit your session for the next in-person gathering, CLDE21 in Boston, and we hope that you register to attend the Virtual CLDE20. Read More >>
2020 New Presidents Academy (RESTRUCTURED) August 03, 2020 - December 07, 2020
One webinar per month

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 New Presidents Academy has been restructured to include virtual sessions starting in the fall and will culminate with a two-day, in-person meeting later this academic year. More details to come.

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 connect 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.

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