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
2015 AASCU China Meeting October 20, 2015 - October 29, 2015
Beijing & Shanghai, China

AASCU is pleased to announce our 14th Sino-American conference in Beijing, October 20-29, 2015
Each year for the past fourteen 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. Read More >>
2015 AASCU Annual Meeting October 25, 2015 - October 27, 2015
JW Marriott • Austin, Texas

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.  Exploring timely topics, AASCU’s Annual Meeting is your definitive resource to address the issues facing your campus, provide leadership to meet those challenges, and learn what is working on campuses across the nation. Read More >> 2015 Higher Education Government Relations Conference December 09, 2015 - December 11, 2015
JW Marriott • Austin, Texas

Higher Education and the Public Good

Most states have entered a post-recession period of reinvestment in higher education, yet steep funding cuts remain a reality in many states. And collectively throughout the U.S., the state-to-student cost shift in who pays for a college education continues its long term trend. While legislatively-directed, taxpayer-provided funding of higher education remains the preeminent factor in rising college prices, public higher education is simultaneously being buffeted by an increasingly utilitarian narrative—one in which public discourse and public policy is increasingly focused on the vocational, and less on the civic and intellectual.

What’s at stake? The very ability of public higher education institutions to fulfill their foundational missions to advance teaching, service and research that benefits all of society. 

The 2015 conference program will showcase messages, strategies and tactics for articulating public higher education’s leadership role in fostering positive change on issues transcending virtually every human endeavor that impacts citizens, communities and states; from local to global. Conference participants will strengthen their ability to persuasively convey to state lawmakers and other stakeholders the collective economic and social good generated by public colleges and universities. Attendees will be equipped with the financing strategies and policies requisite to ensuring public colleges remain affordable, publicly-funded and of high quality, enabling them to remain stewards of their communities and states.

Conference participants will also hear the very latest developments in state higher education funding and policy as well as federal legislation and regulations emanating from Congress and the Obama administration impacting colleges and universities. 

2016 AASCU/NAFSA Institute for New Senior International Officers February 10, 2016 - February 12, 2016
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 >> 2016 Japan Studies Institute June 06, 2016 - June 19, 2016
San Diego State University

Join your colleagues from both two and four year institutions around the country for a two-week intensive Summer Institute focused on the study of modern Japan. The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) allows faculty to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business and education. Read More >> 2016 Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) Institute June 11, 2016 - June 14, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the Millennium Leadership Initiative (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 >>


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