• Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA)

    BAPA General
    2023-2024 BAPA Dates

    Apply Now to Participate in the 2023-2024 Cohort

    All submissions require an endorsement form (completed by president/chancellor) and application form (completed by candidate) to be submitted by Feb. 6, 2023.  


    The Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is a leadership program tailored to the distinctive needs of aspiring provosts (chief academic officers). Co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI), this yearlong program provides comprehensive preparation in the areas of most critical concern to provosts. BAPA also helps participants gain a better understanding of the broader context within which their own institutions operate and develop perspectives beyond their current position, division, and institution.

    Program Format and Content

    BAPA is a yearlong program that gives participants the opportunity to remain in their current positions while working through the curriculum. The program is bookended by two national seminars, each of which is held in conjunction with AASCU’s Academic Affairs Summer Meetings. These seminars are led by a teaching faculty of AASCU provosts, AASCU presidents, and other experts. During the remainder of the year, BAPA participants take part in webinars and other training activities.

    In addition to group activities, a substantial part of the program is focused on individual needs. The BAPA program starts with the development of a Personalized Experience Plan (PEP), which assesses the strengths as well as the gaps and omissions in the preparation of individual participants. Then, BAPA assists participants in addressing areas of special interest or need during the year. Much of the individual focus is provided by a mentor. Usually, the mentor is the provost of the institution where the participant works, although sometimes, for various reasons, another mentor is used. 


    Individuals are invited to apply if they are eligible to become a provost in their next career move. Participants are normally from AASCU institutions, but occasionally participants from other sectors are also accepted.


    The program fee for the 2023–2024 academic year is $2,850 per applicant, including registration to attend the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.

    AASCU Staff Contact

    Terry Brown
    Vice President, Academic Innovation and Transformation


    BAPA is an exciting opportunity to explore university administration from a different angle. The speakers all generously gave their time, expertise, and insight! It was a great year that went too fast!
    Brenda Nichols, provost and vice president of academic affairs, Lamar University (TX)

    The BAPA program was an exhilarating opportunity for me to learn from seasoned provosts and develop new networks from colleagues within my class and among the alumni and facilitators. I found the one-year formal experiential plan, mentoring conference calls, and follow-up meetings during the AASCU conferences to be of tremendous value for me during my executive development journey in higher education.
    Anita Borja Enriquez, senior vice president and provost, academic and student affairs, University of Guam 

    BAPA was a truly unique leadership program. It provided intensive training, development, and mentoring targeted toward preparing candidates to be an effective and successful provost at a state college or university. In addition, the network of BAPA alums is extensive and supportive. I highly recommend this outstanding leadership program.
    Lynnette Zelezny, president, California State University, Bakersfield

    The BAPA program provides a blend of structured programming and customized experiences to ensure that participants have an excellent experience. The opportunities provided to me to visit peer institutions and learn from colleagues were invaluable to me. The generosity of facilitators and invited speakers in candidly sharing lessons learned was a much-appreciated gift for all of us who were part of the program.
    – Patricia L. Donat, senior vice president, Southern Association of College Schools Commission on Colleges





    AALIThe Becoming a Provost Academy (BAPA) is supported by generous funding from the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). Visit www.americanali.org for more information.



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