• AASCU Leadership Development Programs

    Building Leadership Capacity and Diversity: Principles Across Programs

    AASCU’s leadership development programming centers on our commitment to growing and diversifying the higher education leadership pipeline. We deliver affordable, high-quality programs for leaders at all levels of the academy, from experienced presidents to new provosts to rising stars among faculty and staff.

    Each AASCU leadership program serves a unique audience, and program characteristics and curriculum are customized to meet the needs of each individual participant. All AASCU programs are based on the following foundational principles:

    • Mentorship and Coaching: Each program includes a mentoring component, rallying the talents, generosity, and expertise of AASCU members and renowned higher education leaders who share our commitment to investing in the next generation.
    • Community-Building: All programs create opportunities for networking, peer-to-peer learning, and alumni engagement.
    • Peer-to-Peer Learning: Each program includes opportunities to “call a friend” and engage in structured conversations where participants gain insight from their fellow participants’ knowledge and learned experience.
    • Wellness: We are deeply committed to creating an environment that facilitates open, honest dialogue and opportunities for structured reflection about each participant’s work as well as the higher education landscape.
    • Policy: AASCU leadership programs leverage the expertise of our Government Relations and Policy Analysis team to keep members abreast of policies affecting public higher education.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): AASCU leadership programs integrate DEI principles and discussion through every learning opportunity to ensure the next generation of higher education leaders views every decision through a lens of equity and inclusion.
    • Student Success: All AASCU leadership programs reflect our commitment to advancing social and economic mobility for students of all backgrounds; student success is at the heart of every learning outcome.
    • Individual Transformation: All programs are designed to support participants in their individual journey, whether that is leading from where they are or transitioning to their next role.
    • Institutional Transformation: All programs will engage participants in their institution’s most ambitious goals, preparing them to lead transformative change on campus.
    • Accountability: AASCU leadership programs provide participants a plan of action and a system of accountability to keep moving toward their career goals.


    In addition to our leadership development programs, we offer member presidents, chancellors, chief academic officers, and provosts continuing education opportunities throughout the year.  See a list of upcoming symposia and workshops.

    Leadership Development Programs

    The Academy for New Provosts is a yearlong program to support newly appointed provosts as they begin their roles as academic leaders of institutions. Features of the program include content delivered by national experts on topics of relevance to provosts at AASCU institutions; individual, active mentoring by an experienced senior provost; and a supportive network of AASCU provosts who are also beginning their roles.

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    The Becoming a Provost Academy prepares experienced deans, assistant or associate provosts, and other academic affairs senior administrators who aspire to become a provost/chief academic officer. The program consists of a yearlong series of learning experiences that will prepare participants for the work of a provost/chief academic officer. This includes each participant working with a mentor to create an individual experiential learning plan. The program is delivered in partnership with the American Academic Leadership Institute.

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    The Emerging Leaders Program is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who are exploring opportunities to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The blended learning experience offers participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by leading an initiative on their home campus, to engage in a national dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education, and to develop a network of colleagues from around the country. Candidates for this program are individuals who have demonstrated the talent and skill required to advance to a role with greater responsibility and oversight. Presidents, chancellors, and cabinet-level administrators are encouraged to support or solicit the nomination of high-potential candidates for the program.

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    This executive program prepares experienced and sitting cabinet officers for presidencies through a yearlong series of learning experiences in the work of the presidency. Each participant works with a mentor to create an individual experiential learning plan. The program is delivered in partnership with the American Academic Leadership Institute.

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    A groundbreaking program when it was launched more than 21 years ago, the Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI) is a leadership development program that provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education the opportunity to develop skills, gain a philosophical overview, and build the network needed to advance to the presidency. This competitive and rigorous program provides a professional development experience—through an institute and a mentoring component—that will enhance participants’ opportunities for success.

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    This leadership development program is specifically for new presidents and chancellors of AASCU colleges and universities, and is designed to ensure success for them and their campuses. The New Presidents Academy focuses broadly on both the strategic and tactical challenges inherent in these leadership positions through content that is grounded in experience and theory. The program also features a mentoring component.

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    AASCU offers professional development and leadership programming to serve the unique needs of spouses and partners.

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    The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs will provide the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the in-person and virtual program, fellows will have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own student success plan with a small group of peers.

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    Leadership Development Brochure

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