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The EDUCAUSE Institute

As you face an ever-changing playing field in higher education IT, exceptional management and leadership skills are in demand now more than ever. EDUCAUSE offers several opportunities

Immersive Cohort-Based Programs

Across the EDUCAUSE Institute Programs, you'll find dynamic experiences designed to enhance your higher education IT management and leadership skills. Program faculty are executives and leaders from higher education institutions and associations, government, and the private sector committed to facilitating the exchange of information and ideas through collaborative dialogue.

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Program Goals

New IT Managers Program

18 hour face-to-face programming and peer networking, co-located with EDUCAUSE Connect locations

  • This program is for an IT professional aspiring to or very new to management.
  • Outlines the basic skills critical for management and supervision of projects, units, and people.


January 28–30, 2015 | San Diego, California
April 22–24, 2015 | San Antonio, Texas

Management Program

A week-long residential program offered each summer

  • This program is for existing managers with some supervisory experience.
  • Practical skill development in effective management, particularly organizational management skills related to managing people, one's interactions on campus, and working collaboratively with other people.


July 13–17, 2015 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Learning Technology Leadership Program

A week-long residential program offered each summer
  • This program is for an experienced individual in a learning technology position who aspires to a leadership role.
  • To understand higher education leadership, attributes of effective leaders, and strategic skills for influencing decision-making.


July13–17, 2015 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leadership Program

(Requires application)

A week-long residential program offered once a year

  • This program is for a new CIO or an experienced senior-level leader aspiring to CIO/executive-level leadership.
  • Critical success skills for executive leaders and keys to understanding institution-wide IT strategy.


July 6–10, 2015 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leading Change Institute

(Requires application)

Established in 2000 and co-hosted by EDUCAUSE and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR); successor to the Frye Leadership Institute

An intensive week-long residential program coupled with online cohort meetings after the face-to-face program
  • This program is for CIOs, librarians, information technology professionals, or administrators with at least seven year's experience.
  • Dialogue-based exploration of higher education challenges, empowering senior library and information technology leaders to initiate conversations and take action on critical issues.


May 31–June 5, 2015 | Washington D.C. | View 2015 Participants

NGLC Breakthrough Models Academy

(Requires application)

A three-part experience that contains a week-long residential program, follow-up webinars, and a team presentation at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting 2015.

  • This program is for emerging and/or experienced leaders interested in academic transformation who have completed management or leadership training (e.g., campus leadership training or professional development offered by EDUCAUSE or the League for Innovation in the Community College).
  • Explore the rationale for and the processes leading to academic innovation and take part in designing a new model for success.


July 13–17, 2015 | Chicago, Illinois

NGLC Breakthrough Models Incubator

(Requires application)

A three-part program that incorporates a two-day face-to-face convening, follow-up webinars and planning with expert coaches, and a submission of a business plan for implementation


  • This program is for institutional leaders who are committed to developing actionable innovation plans that strategically use technology.
  • Catalyze action in the C-suite of the institution that results in a launch-ready competency-based education plan within six months.


July 28—31, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Discussion-based Roundtables

Led by experienced community leaders, EDUCAUSE Institute Roundtables bring role-based cohorts together for discussions on current issues and campus challenges across the higher education landscape, with opportunities for networking before and after.


Participant and Professional Goals

CIO Roundtables

3-hour discussions held at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting and EDUCAUSE Connect events; limited to 50 higher education CIOs

  • This roundtable brings CIOs together for an informal discussion on current issues and campus challenges, with opportunities for networking before and after.


January 28–30, 2015 | EDUCAUSE Connect, San Diego, California
February 9–11, 2015 | ELI Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California
April 22–24, 2015 | EDUCAUSE Connect, San Antonio, Texas

Senior Leadership Roundtable

A networking and mentoring experience integrated over three days at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

  • The Senior Leadership Roundtable convenes higher education leaders (director level or equivalent) from across the institution to discuss key campus-wide issues, share experiences, and engage in intensive peer networking with experienced leaders. (NOTE: The SLR 2014 cohort will include those who are not CIOs and are not currently seeking roles as CIOs, but those who lead significant programs, projects and people within higher ed IT.)


October 27–30, 2015 | EDUCAUSE Annual Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Online

Hawkins Leadership Roundtable

A networking and mentoring experience integrated over three days at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

  • The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable convenes new CIOs and those actively seeking a CIO role to focus on high-level IT questions, discuss important IT leadership issues, and engage in intensive networking with peers and experienced CIOs. The roundtable has limited seating and is reserved for those who have not previously participated in the HLR.

October 27–30, 2015 | EDUCAUSE Annual Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Online

Topic-Focused Seminars

Facilitated by experienced community leaders, EDUCAUSE Institute Seminars bring small cohorts together for active dialogue on a focused topic.


Participant and Professional Goals

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Leadership Seminar

A deeper learning session combining leadership and expertise on a topic threaded throughout the annual meeting program

  • The 2015 seminar topic is Leadership and Design for Innovation and is meant for: Teaching & Learning Center Staff and Directors, Faculty, Academic/Instructional administrators, IT Staff and Directors, and CIOs.

February 9–11, 2015 | ELI Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California




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