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    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed for early- to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership. The program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects of the academy and how they relate to each other. ELP offers participants the opportunity to assess their leadership style and strengths, to engage in dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education, and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. The program centers on the development and execution of a project/initiative on participants’ home campuses over the course of the academic year, designed to build participants’ leadership capacity and advance their career goals.

    Due to COVID-19, AASCU is confirming details for the 2021 ELP.

    For more information about the program and how to apply, please read the information below.

    Eligible Participants and Nomination Process

    Submit an application via Google form or by completing this fillable PDFApplications are due Friday, March 12, 2021.                                                                 

    The program is limited to 25 early- to mid-career staff professional and faculty leaders who have shown leadership potential and a desire to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The university’s president/chancellor or another cabinet-level administrator must nominate participants.   

    It is important that attendees implement the knowledge obtained at ELP at their home campus. To that end, we ask the nominator to plan with the nominee a project/initiative that will provide the attendee an opportunity to expand their leadership skills. 

    All applications must include a one-page project description. Click here for a sample description. 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.   


    Nominating a candidate for ELP also includes the responsibility to mentor or designate a mentor for the participant and to provide guidance and advice on the project, initiative or assignment.

    Nomination packages should be uploaded in the applicant's online submission or forwarded to AASCU at leadershipdevelopment@aascu.org attention ELP by Friday, March 12, 2021. The nomination package should contain the following:

    • A nomination letter by the university’s president/chancellor or other cabinet-level member stating the nominee’s qualifications for the program, leadership strengths and areas for improvement, the potential for advancement, and the possible career opportunities. 
    • A description of the nominee's project/initiative that has been planned by the nominee and nominator. It should include the significance of the project to the university, what professional development opportunities the nominee would receive by accomplishing the project/initiative, and who will be the mentor that will work with the nominee to accomplish the project/initiative.


    For more information, contact:     

    Susannah Rodrigue
    Program Manager for Partnerships and Leadership Development    
    (202) 478-4675  


    ELP has convened an impressive faculty of current and former presidents and chancellors and content experts. Charles Welch, president, Arkansas State University System acts as coordinator of ELP. 

    Registration Information and Fees

    Note: Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance in April and will receive instructions on how to complete the registration.

    Registration Fees

    • AASCU member institutions - $950
    • Non-AASCU member institutions - $1400

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