• Emerging Leaders Program

    Emerging Leaders Program 2022

    Experience in ELP allows participants to determine where they fit in the academy and to envision what their career path might look like, including a concrete next step. Participants graduate with the skills, connections, and support necessary to navigate the transition to administrative roles and also gain a national network of motivated peers.

    Additionally, ELP provides the opportunity for participants to assess their individual leadership style and strengths and to apply the skills learned in the instructional portion of the program to a project/initiative on their home campus over the course of the academic year.

    Who should participate: Early- to mid-career academic and administrative emerging leaders who are exploring opportunities to advance to mid-level administrative positions.

    The 2022 program will cover the following topic areas:

    • Title IX Campus Accountability
    • Social Media Best Practices
    • Fundraising and Alumni Relations
    • Finance and Administration
    • Academic Affairs
    • Project Management/Change Management
    • The Role of Government Relations
    • Change Management
    • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
    • Managing Staff and Faculty
    • Navigating the Search Process

    ELP Faculty
    ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents, chancellors, and subject matter experts.

    Project Work
    Participants will lead a project or initiative at their home campuses over the course of the 2022 academic year, under the guidance of a designated mentor. Click here to review project mentor guidelines.

    Examples of university projects include the following: 

    • Chairing or co-chairing a division, university-wide committee, or task force that requires working with multiple constituencies
    • Managing a project for a division or university strategic initiative
    • Conducting a research project that investigates an important challenge the university faces and provides an opportunity for the participant to influence campus decision-makers using data   

    ELP is designed to prepare the next generation of higher education administrators to be effective leaders; to view every decision through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens; and to further their institutions’ path to equitable student success.

    Participants will:

    1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate to each other. Participants will learn from experienced AASCU presidents, senior leaders, and national experts in leadership and student success. Sessions will include theoretical knowledge, practical application, and case study discussions.
    2. Develop critical skills for leading institutional change. Participants will learn and practice leadership, project and change management, and team building skills. 
    3. Build a strong and supportive network of peers. The program includes many opportunities to work together, network, and share experiences and best practices.
    4. Demonstrate leadership skills by leading an on-campus project or initiative. Participants will work with their president/chancellor or cabinet level administrator to identify and lead a project or initiative to apply, demonstrate, and strengthen their leadership skills. The campus leader will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the project/initiative.

    The 2022 Emerging Leaders Program will take place from June to December 2022.

    Programming will be delivered in a blended format, including:

    • Six 2-hour interactive virtual sessions (monthly, May and August-December)
    • A 1 ½ day intensive at AASCU’s Washington, DC office, June 15-17, 2022
    • Five one-hour optional networking and reflection sessions (monthly, May and August-November)
    • A participant-led project or initiative (more on this below)

    The cohort is limited to 30 participants.

    Registration Fees

    • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $2,000
    • Participants from non-member institutions: $3,000

    The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensive, and all materials.

    Scholarships are available to accepted applicants from qualifying institutions.

    Register no later than April 1, 2022.

    Cancellation Fees

    • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $500
    • Participants from non-member institutions: $750

    Cancellations received in writing by March 15 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received by April 4 will incur the above administrative fees. Refunds are not available for cancellations after April 4. Email Kathleen Scott at scottk@aascu.org and include “ELP Cancellation” in the subject line. 

    Refunds are processed 30 days from date of cancellation.

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    Washington, DC 20005
    (844) 489-9661

    Reserve Now

    Reserve hotel accommodations online by May 25, 2022, to secure the reduced rate for AASCU members. Reservation requests received after May 25 may be available at a higher rate.

    Sleeping Room Options: 1 King bed: $259 plus 14.95% occupancy and local taxes.

    Check-in time is 3:00 pm, and check-out time is 12:00 pm.

    2021 ELP Testimonials

    Aimee Kendall Roundtree "The ELP fellowship inspired and equipped me to explore leadership positions in higher education. I gained valuable insights into all aspects of university leadership. The strategies, critical skills, and mentorship prepared me to lead on-campus projects. I developed strong professional bonds with peers with whom I continue to share best practices and support to this day. "
    Aimee Kendall Roundtree, Associate Dean of Research, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University
    Ozalle Toms "ELP connected me with solid mentorship and provided a safe platform for collaboration, learning and growing. I am more confident in who I am as a leader and striving towards the next level."
    Ozalle Toms, assistant vice chancellor for student diversity, engagement and success at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater

    Interested in Participating?

    Sign up if you're interested in being part of the 2023 cohort


    Kathleen Scott
    Vice President for Leadership Development and Partnerships
    (202) 478-4644

    Stay connected with us at @aascuELP.

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