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What is the Program?

About the Leading Change Institute


Since the inception of the Institute, key higher education issues have included new sources of competition, use of technology to support effective teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, an increasing focus on students and, fundamentally, a transformation in the qualities necessary for leadership in today's increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing environment. These issues continue to frame the complex landscape of higher education and to inform the Leading Change Institute's scope.

Together with the deans and other thought leaders from the community, fellows in the Institute contemplate the current and future impact of these issues in the higher education community. They discuss numerous approaches to addressing these issues, including ideas for collaboration, collective creativity, and innovation within and across departments, institutions, and local or regional boundaries; the conceptualization of blended positions and organizations; and the importance of community mentorship and advocacy. Speakers from a wide range of backgrounds share real-life problems across the higher education landscape for which, over the course of the Institute, participants are challenged to devise and propose solutions.

Date and Location


June 12-17, 2016
Marriott Marquis Washington DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC is located near CLIR's and EDUCAUSE's headquarters, near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. With the national headquarters for many higher education associations within walking distance and close proximity to the heart of higher education's national policy-making body, this seminar will encourage dialog between the participants, government officials, and the leaders of these national organizations. LCI fellows will participate in field-based explorations, seminar discussions, presentations and other cohort building activities.

Deans and Speakers


The 2016 Deans will be Joanne Kossuth, Vice President for Operations and CIO, Olin College of Engineering; and Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries.

Speakers include:
  • Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Rhode Island

**Please note: the agenda below is a draft only and is subject to change.

Leading Change Institute Curriculum


Sunday, June 12, 2016: Welcome and Introductions
2:00 pm: Opening Session with introductory exercise
3:30 pm: Break
4:00 pm: The Top Three
4:30 pm: Report outs
5:00 pm: How to Think Collaboratively and Work as a Team
6:30 pm: Note to Self
7:00 pm: Opening Reception

Tuesday, June 14, 2016: Leading Change through Collaboration and Creativity
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: Leading Change Above the Silo: CIO, Library, Provost Perspectives (Dennis Trinkle, National Chief Executive Officer, College Mentors for Kids; Katie Vale, Vice President for Information & Library Services and Librarian, Bates College)
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Adding Creative to Collaborative Thinking
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Entrepreneurship Panel (Paula Long, CEO, Data Gravity)
3:00 pm: Entrepreneurial Thinking Challenge
4:00 pm: Debrief/Synthesis

Wednesday, June 15, 2016: The Business Landscape and Cost/Access Challenges
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: National Landscape: Higher Education Business (Bob Shea, Senior Fellow, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO))
10:00 am: Break
10:15 am: Higher Education External Relations: Perspectives in Risk Mitigation (Jack Dunn, Director, News and Public Affairs, Boston College)
12:00 pm: Benchmarking (Leah Lang, Director of Analytics Services, EDUCAUSE)
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Team Scenarios: Part I
3:30 pm: Break
3:45 pm: Team Scenarios: Part II (Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College; Katherine Rowe, Provost, Smith College)
4:45 pm: Debrief/Synthesis
5:15 pm: Break
6:00 pm: National Landscape: President and Provost Perspectives (Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College; Katherine Rowe, Provost, Smith College)

Thursday, June 16, 2016: Building the Case
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: Brainstorming and Building the Proposal
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Building the Proposal (cont.)
12:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm: Building the Proposal (cont.)
2:15 pm: Present the Proposals
3:15 pm: Review the Proposals
4:15 pm: Synthesis/Debrief
6:00 pm: Closing Reception (Sequoia, 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Friday, June 17, 2016
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: Reflections
9:30 am: Teams create a plan of action
10:30 am: Break/checkout
11:00 am: Teams develop mentoring and communication plans
12:15 pm: One Word
12:15 pm: Lunch / Final Reflections 
1:15 pm: Evaluations
2:00 pm: Institute closes