2017 AAUA Leadership Seminar
Influencing Change in American Higher
Education: Who Is Setting the Agenda?
June 7 - 9, 2017 │ New Orleans, Louisiana
The AAUA Annual Leadership Seminar gathers a limited number of American and international higher education professionals who are keenly interested in administrative practices. In order to ensure opportunities for meaningful interaction between presenters and participants as well as among participants themselves the number of seminar participants is limited to no more than 75.
Many past years' participants describe the seminar as a place of meaningful professional networking and/or a place where scholarly collaborations are initiated.
This is not a program that focuses on theoretical work or on current higher education research. (AAUA values such thought and research but believes that there are sufficient alternative outlets for reporting and discussing these matters—including a professional/scholarly journal published by AAUA, the Journal of Higher Education Management.) Instead, this seminar is designed to present and share the details and outcomes of emerging and model programs; present new administrative, leadership, or management strategies and results; and/or promulgate effective approaches to addressing and solving common higher education problems. The seminar is comprised of independent, theme-related sessions that present issues and problems and then systematically engage participants in collective engagement and problem solving related to the issue/problem.
The theme of the 2017 seminar, "Influencing Change in American Higher Education – Who Is Setting the Agenda" is especially designed around presentations that describe effective responses to externally-influenced or externally mandated change—changes in policies, programs, standards, financial parameters, and so forth; that undertake to identify the antecedents of change and then describe the processes of planning, procedural steps in implementing, and results of change; and that analyze or generalize about the change experience in a way that will be helpful to other institutions.
The seminar planning committee believes that the success of this seminar is validated when participants leave with new thoughts about and new perspectives on common problems in higher education. To this end, the committee organizes a seminar experience about which it believes seminar participants will say one or more of the following, "Wow, that’s a great and very creative way to respond to that issue," or "I'm already thinking about how I can apply this at home," or "I've never thought about this problem in this way before."
In addition to the scheduled seminar sessions, time for professional networking is provided. Two luncheons, and an evening reception are included in the registration fee ($150). (An additional Friday evening social/cultural event is provided at an extra cost.)
A pre-seminar career development workshop for academic deans is available to seminar participants at no extra charge.
Questions may be directed to: Dan L. King, AAUA President & CEO (DKING@AAUA.ORG or 814-460-6498).