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
The Impact of Pathway Programs June 23, 2021
Webinar at 1 p.m. ET

Ensuring equity and access to higher education remains a paramount concern for college and university leaders, especially as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Strategic partnerships with alternative credit providers can create an opportunity for higher education institutions to focus on affordable and sustainable pathways that help adult students get back to college.

Join speakers from the University of Louisiana System, an AASCU member, and StraighterLine to discuss:

  • Advantages and potential challenges of working with an alternative credit provider
  • How to get stopped-out students back into school and ensuring success for these students
  • Increasing adult learner undergraduate degree attainment through guided pathways and partnerships

This webinar is free for AASCU members.


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Speakers:

Katie Dawson

Katie Dawson is the assistant vice president for Academic Innovation & Learning at the University of Louisiana System. She also leads the Compete LA initiative designed to help adults who have stopped out of university return and earn their degree.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith, chief learning officer of StraighterLine, leads SL Labs, the research and design arm of the organization. In her role, Smith and team focus on researching, designing, and building products and services.


Who Should Attend:

  • Presidents/Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Vice Provosts
  • Deans
  • Assistant Deans
  • Vice Presidents of Enrollment
  • Vice Presidents of Student Success
  • Vice Presidents of Student Affairs
  • Frontline Enrollment Advisors and Counselors
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2021 Summer Council June 29, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Virtual

Reflect, Recharge, Reboot: Leading Resilient Institutions

Join us for the virtual Summer Council meeting—open to presidents/chancellors, spouses/partners, and senior cabinet members.

Summer Council has long been an AASCU tradition where campus leaders can come together to connect, strengthen our community, share successes and challenges, and focus on personal and professional development. This year, we will gather virtually, but AASCU’s commitment to create a dynamic, engaging, and relevant experience remains the same.

The meeting will include a variety of professional development and networking opportunities:

  • Inspiring general sessions focused on resilience, courage, equity and student success, and hope
  • Engaging roundtables for participants to reflect, network, share best practices, and connect with thought leaders around topics such as faculty and staff burnout, enrollment and budgetary challenges, debates over civil discourse on our campuses, and the ongoing skepticism about the value of a college degree
  • Robust concurrent sessions focused on skill building in areas such as navigating change, leading transformational cabinets, and courageous leadership 
  • Numerous opportunities for you to meet one-on-one or in small groups with old friends or new colleagues to reflect, recharge, and reboot for the year ahead

Our virtual format will allow participants to attend safely and at a lower cost. 
 
The Summer Council is planned by the AASCU Committee for Professional Development with support from AASCU staff.

 

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Transformation Accelerator Cohort: Informational Webinar July 08, 2021
3–4 p.m. ET - The webinar will also be held on Wednesday, July 28 at 3–4 p.m. ET for those unable to make the first session.

Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about the application process and what to expect as a participant in AASCU’s upcoming Transformation Accelerator Cohort. 

Members selected for the cohort will have the opportunity to join 15 peer institutions to engage in a multi-year program designed to:

  • Accelerate transformation by providing specific and customized supports
  • Improve educational and career outcomes
  • Close equity gaps, especially for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income students

Registration information will be coming soon.


Are you interested in learning more about the Transformation Accelerator Cohort’s Postsecondary Data Partnership?
Check out these webinars.


Speakers:

Jacquelyn R. Jones

Jacquelyn R. Jones is the senior director of AASCU’s Frontier Set & student success strategy. Previously, Jones worked at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as the director of retention initiatives, increasing retention and completion rates and improving the student success platform on campus. Jones is a first-generation college student and the first in her family to receive a Ph.D. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Toledo (Ohio), her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Akron (Ohio), and her B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Management from The University of Akron.

 

Bao Le

Bao Le is the director of data analytics & impact at AASCU's Center for Student Success. She provides direction for the center's overall data strategy goals, program and curriculum development, and supports for strengthening member institutions' culture of evidence. Prior to joining AASCU, Le served as an associate education research analyst for the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. She worked on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which collects data from every college, university, and vocational and technical school that participates in Title IV financial aid programs.

 

Cameron Smither

Cameron Smither is AASCU’s director of assessment & network engagement. In this role, he and his team are developing the association’s strategy for facilitating comprehensive institutional transformation for equitable student outcomes. Smither leads with experience, guiding cross-divisional reflection and collaboration, quantifying and communicating the “return on investment” of postsecondary credentials, and designing improved measures of institutional performance, cost to students, and student progression to drive continuous improvement.

 

Melissa A. Welker

Melissa A. Welker is the director of AASCU’s Frontier Set, where she provides leadership and manages six institutional portfolios focused on the development of new knowledge, models, practices, and tools that have the potential to dramatically improve specific student learning and life outcomes. Previously, Welker served as the executive director of student success programs and initiatives at Northern Arizona University, where she facilitated the development of university-wide initiatives intended to bolster student success across the university. Welker earned her M.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University and her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Moderator:

Felice Nudelman

Felice Nudelman is AASCU’s associate vice president of Academic Innovation and Transformation and oversees AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP). ADP includes 260 public four-year member institutions, represents more than a million undergraduate students, and supports member campuses in programming that creates informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. In 2003, while working at The New York Times, Nudelman partnered with former AASCU vice president George Mehaffy and a group of AASCU provosts in creating ADP. She remained a thought partner and collaborator from the project’s inception as the program grew and developed.


Who Should Attend:

  • Presidents
  • Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Vice Presidents of Student Success
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2021 New Presidents Academy July 12, 2021 - October 18, 2021


The Leadership Program for New State College and University Presidents and Chancellors Read More >> Transformation Accelerator Cohort: Postsecondary Data Partnership Informational Webinar July 13, 2021
3–4 p.m. ET - The webinar will also be held on Tuesday, July 27 at 3–4 p.m. ET for those unable to make the first session.

As institutions transform to better support ALL students in progressing toward a credentialled outcome, they will need access to better data to make informed decisions and assess the impacts of their reforms.

In this webinar for institutions interested in joining AASCU’s Transformation Accelerator Cohort, we will share insights about how leading and lagging key performance indicators (KPIs) collected via the  Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) can be leveraged to: 

  • Improve student success strategies
  • Identify equity gaps
  • Offer opportunities for benchmarking

Institutions will also learn how to participate in the PDP's nationwide effort to provide a fuller picture on student progress and gain actionable strategies. 


    Registration information will be coming soon.


    Are you interested in learning more about the Transformation Accelerator Cohort?
    Check out these webinars.


    Speakers:

    Bao Le

    Bao Le is the director of data analytics & impact at AASCU's Center for Student Success. She provides direction for the center's overall data strategy goals, program and curriculum development, and supports for strengthening member institutions' culture of evidence. Prior to joining AASCU, Le served as an associate education research analyst for the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education. She worked on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which collects data from every college, university, and vocational and technical school that participates in Title IV financial aid programs.

     

    Ken McVearry

    Ken McVearry is a senior specialist for the Postsecondary Data Partnership at the National Student Clearinghouse. McVearry holds a B.A. in political science from Loyola University Maryland and a M.Ed. in experiential learning and development from Plymouth State University (N.H.). Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, McVearry served as the chief student affairs officer and dean of students at a private liberal arts university. As part of his role with the Postsecondary Data Partnership, McVearry serves the evolving needs of the higher education industry by advocating for improved student success and outcomes via data-informed decision-making.

     

    Moderator:

    Felice Nudelman

    Felice Nudelman is AASCU’s associate vice president of Academic Innovation and Transformation and oversees AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP). ADP includes 260 public four-year member institutions, represents more than a million undergraduate students, and supports member campuses in programming that creates informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. In 2003, while working at The New York Times, Nudelman partnered with former AASCU vice president George Mehaffy and a group of AASCU provosts in creating ADP. She remained a thought partner and collaborator from the project’s inception as the program grew and developed.


    Who Should Attend:

    • Senior/Mid-Level Institutional Research Staff
    • Student Success Staff
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    2021 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting July 21, 2021 - July 23, 2021
    Virtual

    Recovery • Adaptation • Reinvention: The Post-2020 Regional Public University

    2020 ushered in a once-in-a-century worldwide pandemic that claimed the lives of millions and changed every aspect of our lives. It brought on a global recession that put millions out of work and pushed countless others into extreme poverty around the world. In the U.S., unemployment reached pre-World War II levels and revenues plunged. The financial losses were disproportionately felt by Black and brown communities. Protests brought attention, but no resolution, to systemic racial inequities. And the country experienced the most divisive national election in modern history, culminating with a mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

    The events of 2020 have already had a profound impact on higher education, with serious implications for state colleges and universities. While we are still finding our way through the fog of the crisis, we will convene around the theme “Recovery • Adaptation • Reinvention: The Post-2020 Regional Public University” to reflect and learn from one another about how we are managing disruptions to enrollments, budgets, curriculum, pedagogy, staff, faculty, and students, as well as the communities and regions we serve.

    Despite the challenges, the events of 2020 accelerated needed changes in practices and policies as institutions quickly adapted to serve their students and protect their employees. While the work may seem daunting, we are fully prepared to meet the challenge and reinforce the intrinsic value of higher education for the public we serve.

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    2021 Academy for New Provosts September 23, 2021 - July 23, 2022


    The Leadership Program for New State College and University Provosts Read More >>

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