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
2016 GRC Summer Webinar Series July 07, 2016 - July 14, 2016
Washington, D.C.

The Grants Resource Center is hosting three webinars featuring contributors to the 2015 monograph, Operationalizing Stewards of Place: Implementing Regional Engagement and Economic Development Strategies. The free publication and the webinars highlight real-world case studies and best practices drawn from state colleges and universities.  The fee for each webinar (one campus connection) is $60. Read More >> 2016 Summer Council of Presidents July 09, 2016 - July 12, 2016
Portland, Oregon

"Navigating 21st Century Leadership: The Influence and Inspiration Imperative"

Presidential leadership in the 21st Century requires navigating an environment that is more uncertain, faster paced and more complex than ever before. The capacity to influence and inspire is critical: you want stakeholders to support change and to have confidence in a future that is rich with potential and takes advantage of change. The ability to influence, inspire and persuade are essential leadership skills in advancing institutions.  The 2016 Summer Council of Presidents features subject matter experts who share research findings and provide tools presidents and chancellors need while Navigating 21st Century Leadership: The Influence and Inspiration Imperative.

2016 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting July 21, 2016 - July 23, 2016
Denver Marriott City Center

"Leading Change"

In our AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, we will explore approaches to leadership and change in the unique context of a university culture. We will explore new approaches and new strategies for nurturing and supporting change. We will examine case studies of change implementation, of what worked and why. We’ll also look at examples of failed change efforts, to glean from those examples some insights and understandings of how failure occurs in leading change. We hope you will join us for this stimulating and invigorating professional development experience.

2016 New Presidents Academy July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
La Jolla, California

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 meet 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. Read More >>
2016 AASCU China International Conference and Expo AND Mongolia Student Fair October 13, 2016 - October 27, 2016
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia • Beijing & Shanghai, China

AASCU is pleased to announce our 15th Sino-American conference in Beijing, October 18-27, 2016.
Each year for the past fifteen 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.

AASCU plans to participate the College Fair in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. If your university is interested in joining AASCU for the College Fair before going to China, please register with EducationUSA and identify as AASCU institution. AASCU does NOT charge any fees for joining the Mongolian College Fair.

Mongolia Student Fair
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 16, 2016

EducationUSA will organize a US College Fair in Mongolia on Oct. 13-16, 2016. For more information about the Mongolia Fair  visit this website.

  • Registration deadline: September 9, 2016
  • Representatives are responsible for arranging visas, booking flights, and booking hotels.  EducationUSA advisers can provide assistance.

2016 AASCU Annual Meeting October 30, 2016 - November 01, 2016
Intercontinental Miami • Miami, Florida

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. Read More >> 2016 Higher Education Government Relations Conference November 30, 2016 - December 02, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida

What’s Next? Public Higher Education at a Crossroads 

This year has been challenging for public colleges and universities throughout the country. Increased political discord in statehouses, stagnant or declining state budget revenues, and an array of cultural divisions have further strained the relationship between campuses and the capital and contributed to further disinvestment in public higher education. Despite these challenges in the states, affordable public higher education has shown to be an increasingly important issue for families, symbolized by new, far-reaching proposals from national leaders aiming to stop longstanding disinvestment and restrain the growth in tuition and debt for the next generation of students. 

Public higher education, therefore, remains at a crossroads: state political and economic dynamics have led to further disinvestment and cost shifts, while more students and families are calling on candidates and political leaders to fundamentally reform higher education financing. The challenges of state and national higher education policy are likely to play out in this year’s election, with more discussion of higher education policy than any cycle in recent memory.  

With the 2016 campaign over, this conference will assess the new political landscape and its ramifications for higher education. The conference will demonstrate how campus government relations professionals can create messages, engage and energize stakeholders, and assemble coalitions that recognize and reflect new realities confronting public higher education and state government. Conference participants will garner insight into strategies that can effective convey the value of investing in higher education while also having ample opportunities to network and learn from their colleagues. Participants will also hear about the latest trends in state higher education funding and policy, national economic dynamics, and updates from Capitol Hill and insights pertaining to the next presidential administration. 


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