September 21, 2020 — The American Association of State Colleges and
Universities (AASCU) today launched the Student
Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts, a new leadership development
program tailored to the distinctive needs of experienced provosts (chief
academic officers) at AASCU institutions.
SSI will support provosts with more than two years of
experience in the role to more effectively lead and implement the type of
transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s
increasingly diverse student body. The program is supported by a $1.6 million
grant from Ascendium Education Group.
cohort will include up to 25 provosts, and the cost for
the inaugural cohort is fully subsidized by the grant. Throughout the program, fellows
will have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers,
learn from leading experts in the field, and develop critical skills for facilitating
change on their campuses.
“Student success is central to the missions of AASCU
institutions and a vital priority in AASCU’s strategic plan,”
said AASCU President Mildred García. “The Student Success Institute will join
our other leadership development programs in helping our members position
students at the heart of their institutions and ensure we continue to have a
real impact on increasing students’ social and economic mobility.”
AASCU institutions today are facing unprecedented
challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic disparities in
our country and activism has illuminated long-standing racial injustices. As stewards
of place, AASCU institutions play a critical role in supporting more than 3.5
million students and influencing the creation of healthy, just, and equitable
communities. SSI reinforces AASCU’s commitment to supporting its nearly 400 members
so they may continue to Deliver America’s Promise.
“AASCU aims to offer unique opportunities for our members
to foster exemplary practices and innovative management, and we also work to
promote a cadre of diverse and skilled future leaders across our institutions,”
said AASCU Vice
President for Academic Innovation and Transformation Terry Brown. “We are
delighted to support the important work of provosts with this new Student
Applications are now open for SSI and will be accepted
through Oct. 23, 2020. To
learn more, visit http://ssi.aascu.org.
Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based
higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and
systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a
historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to
research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and
cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise.