Opportunities abound for presidents and chancellors, spouses/partners, and senior cabinet members to maximize the value of membership. From serving on a committee to speaking at a signature event to participating in a leadership development program, members have multiple ways to engage and pursue specific interests.
Throughout the year, AASCU offers opportunities for members to connect, network, learn, and build upon the supportive AASCU community. Participants share best practices and lessons learned and hear from thought leaders and partners.
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AASCU’s leadership development programs are designed for leaders at all levels of the academy, from experienced presidents to new provosts to rising stars among faculty and staff.
All leadership development programs integrate equity and student success throughout, and each includes a mentoring component rallying the talents, generosity, and expertise of AASCU members who share our commitment to investing in the next generation.
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Presidential Missions create opportunities for presidents and chancellors to explore potential linkages and partnerships with higher education institutions and leaders around the world.
The Spouse/Partner Program serves the unique needs of your spouses/partners through networking opportunities, professional education, and guidance. In-person meetings take place at Summer Council and the Annual Meeting.
The government relations team is responsible for representing all regional comprehensive colleges and universities on policy and regulatory matters before the U.S. Congress and the administration. Engaging with AASCU’s leadership and member campuses, we work diligently to give voice to their priorities and concerns on a myriad of federal policies, including student and institutional aid, teacher preparation, veterans, undocumented and international students, institutional reporting, and the strengthening of the federal-state partnership.
The Council of State Representatives (CSR)
The CSR meets in person and virtually throughout the year to assist AASCU in the development of federal policy positions as well as to develop the annual Public Policy Agenda (PPA). The PPA helps guide the work of the government relations staff on behalf of all regional comprehensive institutions before the U.S. Congress and the administration. Member presidents and chancellors are eligible to serve on the CSR. Any president or chancellor interested in serving on the CSR must submit an expression of interest directly to
Dr. Mildred García.
We serve as a Washington office for our members and are available to meet, brief, and debrief as your institution meets with congressional delegations or agencies. We also assist our members with specific legislative or regulatory issues facing campuses. Our Higher Education Government Relations Conference also offers your staff an educational forum to foster effective governmental and community relations.
Student success programs and resources promote student success through evidence-based solutions and interventions. By fostering a cooperative community of learning, our programs bring together campus teams from across the country to share knowledge about programs and practices that advance student success.
Transformation Accelerator Cohort: The Transformation Accelerator Cohort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is specifically for institutions committed to student success and closing equity gaps for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income students. This two-year cohort experience accelerates transformation by providing specific and customized support so that institutions can make data-informed decisions to close equity gaps and achieve student success goals for these students.
Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts (SSI): SSI is an eight-month leadership development program tailored to the distinctive needs of established provosts (chief academic officers) at AASCU member institutions. SSI will help provosts with more than two years of experience in the role at AASCU member institutions to more effectively lead and implement the type of transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s increasingly diverse student body.
Aspen-AASCU Transfer Student Success and Equity Intensive: The Transfer Intensive is a one-year initiative consisting of monthly sessions designed to support partnerships between community colleges and AASCU members in advancing the practices and policies associated with improved, more equitable transfer student success. The workshop series will provide practical support aimed at accelerating transfer reform over the course of the year at participating institutions.
Senior Leadership Guidebook for Holistic Advising Redesign: This guidebook is a resource for presidents and provosts detailing the information they need to support advising and holistic student support redesign. It offers comprehensive action-oriented strategies; adaptable resources; and tools that will advance advising redesign, employ data utilization strategies, and encourage the use of equity-based principles to yield tangible improvements in student success outcomes.
Senior Leadership Toolkit for Holistic Advising Redesign: Presidents/provosts can share this collection of workbooks with their leadership teams and help them further understand the extent of advising transformation across the campus and how student supports integrate.
Members are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise and to take advantage of resources to expand student success on their campus using these valuable resources and tools.
AASCU Consulting can help you navigate change and build for the future. We advise university leaders to help their institutions thrive by building and executing transformative strategies, increasing leadership effectiveness, and expanding institutional capacity. Our experienced consultants provide services tailored to your institution’s needs, including, but not limited to, the following:
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Affinity Groups meet at the Annual Meeting and/or periodically by virtual means for tailored networking and guidance:
The Grants Resource Center (GRC) is a premium service of AASCU and has enhanced the research and sponsored programs capabilities of higher education institutions since 1967. A subscription to GRC provides sponsored research offices with access to a comprehensive suite of tools, services, and expertise to improve efficiency and increase institutions’ success in securing competitive grants from federal and private sponsors. GRC’s annual Funding Summit and Fall Webinar Series provides opportunities for research and sponsored programs officers, senior administrators, and faculty to connect with funders, area experts, and colleagues from across the country.
Speaking Engagements: Showcase your expertise by serving as a thought leader within the AASCU member network. Opportunities exist at several levels including Summer Council, the Annual Meeting, academic affairs meetings, and more.
Standing Committees work in key areas of member interests with the goal to advance higher education issues at the national level. Committees meet at Summer Council and the Annual Meeting or virtually during the year. Committees are led by a presidential chair and/or vice chair. Presidents and chancellors are encouraged to serve on one (or more) of these groups:
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