• Engagement Opportunities

    Annual Meetings and Conferences

    Numerous sponsorship, engagement, and thought leader opportunities exist within each of these gatherings.

    Summer Council, held in June or July, is designed to strengthen the AASCU member community by facilitating connection and networking, and build leadership capacity and diversity with relevant, timely learning opportunities.

    Annual Meeting, held in October or November, brings AASCU members together to discuss pressing issues in higher education and how we can work together to meet those challenges. Where the focus of Summer Council is on campus leaders’ individual professional development needs, Annual Meeting serves as a forum for leaders to discuss policy, national issues, the institution, and student success.

    Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, held in July, convenes college and university provosts, chief academic officers, and deans to examine pressing issues, discuss innovative practices, and focus on leadership development.

    Grants Resource Center (GRC) Funding Summit, held in February, provides a forum for research and sponsored program officers, senior administrators, and faculty to connect with funders, area experts, and colleagues from across the country. Attendees hear directly from—and meet individually with—the federal agency and foundation program officers who administer grant programs and influence funding decisions.

    Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting, held in June and co-hosted with NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, facilitates knowledge exchange and the development of a sense of community around the learning outcomes, pedagogy, and strategies educational institutions employ to support a thriving democracy.

    Higher Education Government Relations Conference, held in December and co-hosted with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), convenes a group of more than 200 professionals who foster effective governmental and community relations on behalf of colleges and universities. The conference is a forum for networking and information sharing about higher education public policy at the state and federal level.

    Leadership Development Programs

    AASCU’s growing suite of leadership development programs offer partners the chance to support leaders at every level of the academy.

    The Millennium Leadership Institute (MLI) provides individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and network needed to advance to the presidency. The program identifies Black, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous leaders in senior-level positions whose intended next career step is a presidency and helps them achieve that goal.

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    The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was created to address the professional development needs of early- to mid-career academic and administrative professionals who are exploring opportunities to advance to mid-level administrative positions. The program 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.

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    The New Presidents Academy (NPA) is designed for first-time presidents and chancellors leading state colleges and universities. The program includes virtual and in-person learning, mentoring, and a rich community of networking and sharing.

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    The Academy for New Provosts (ANP) 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 fellow provosts who are also new to their role.

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    Student Success Institute for Provosts is an innovative new program designed for established provosts. Curriculum is designed to support provosts to effectively lead and implement the type of transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s increasingly diverse student body.

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    The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a nationwide network of public colleges and universities committed to equipping students with the ability to understand and employ interdisciplinary perspectives to address pressing issues. ADP’s work to shape the next generation of informed, engaged citizens is a combination of national multicampus initiatives managed from the AASCU office in Washington, D.C., and uniquely local activities developed and led by individual member campuses.

    The Office of International Education supports AASCU member institutions in their efforts to prepare students for work, life, and citizenship in an increasingly globalized world. Working with partners from across the world, the Office of International Education focuses on providing high-quality services to members in three key areas: professional development for faculty and staff, program development and assessment, and connecting students with opportunities to work and study abroad via a global partner network.

    AASCU’s Teacher Education work supports member institutions in their efforts to offer high-quality teacher education programs by working with partner organizations on a variety of policy-related issues, recognizing exemplary teacher education programs, and serving as a valuable resource for administrators and faculty members.

    Custom Opportunities

    AASCU offers a diverse range of custom opportunities that allow partners to engage directly with campus leaders and contribute to the success of the broader public regional comprehensive community.

    Partnered webinars are powerful, lead-generating digital forums designed to position our partners as thought leaders within the public higher education community. They provide a unique opportunity to personally engage with AASCU campus leaders, to share your knowledge and expertise, and to illustrate how your organization can solve the most pressing challenges that the higher education industry faces. We require that a representative from an AASCU member institution participate in the presentation.

    AASCU symposia, designed in collaboration with key industry thought partners, draw large audiences of presidents, provosts, or other senior leaders for a deep dive into a specific topic or issue area. Members convene to hear from experts and discuss their institution’s strategy, challenges, and goals. Symposia can be delivered virtually or in person.

    AASCU summits are designed to bring high-level postsecondary education leaders together to focus on addressing or solving a specific issue. Summits result in identifiable action items for participants to take back to their campus and deliberate, measurable outcomes by which to measure their success. Summits can be virtual or in person and are conducted over the course of one business day.

    AASCU convenes regional workshops for higher education leaders to focus on issues specific to their geographic area, allowing participants to connect with others facing similar budget, regulatory, and compliance challenges. These one-day events are designed to facilitate in-depth discussions and brainstorming sessions around the most critical issues on campus.

    AASCU and its strategic partners jointly conduct “pulse surveys” of our membership to gain insight on where our institutions stand on emerging issues. We will identify the survey topic, frame the challenge, and publicize the survey results jointly. AASCU will lead survey administration and oversight to protect our members’ information.

    AASCU partners with select corporations and nonprofits on research collaborations, which offer our members valuable insights into sector trends, benchmarking information against their peers, and best practice recommendations. The structure of these collaborations is unique to each project. We will work with you to plan, administer, and summarize a tailored study or analysis, and to promote it to the higher education community and media.

    AASCU can coordinate a focus group on a company’s behalf, allowing partners to conduct information-gathering meetings with a target audience from our membership. These groups can be convened either in concert with one of our major meetings or virtually as a stand-alone event. AASCU will issue the invitations and participant communications, and the sponsoring partner will lead the session itself.


    If you are interested in learning more about our partnership opportunities, please contact:

    Susannah Rodrigue
    Program Manager, Partnerships and Leadership Development
    202-478-4675

    Kathleen Scott
    Vice President of Leadership Development and Partnerships
    202-479-4644

  • CONTACT US

    • Kathleen Scott
      Vice President of Leadership Development and Partnerships
      (202) 479-4644
    • Susannah Rodrigue
      Program Manager, Partnerships and Leadership Development
      (202) 478-4675