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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

May 31-June 5, 2015
The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is located near CLIR's and EDUCAUSE's headquarters in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of 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.


The 2015 Deans are Joanne Kossuth, Vice President for Operations and CIO, Olin College of Engineering; and Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association for Research Libraries.

Speakers at the 2015 Leading Change Institute will be posted on this site as they become available.

For reference, speakers at the 2014 Institute are shown below. Please note that this list and the curriculum shown below represent a previous institute, and are for reference only.

2014 Leading Change Institute Speakers

2014 Leading Change Institute Curriculum

Sunday, June 1, 2014: Welcome and Introductions
Offsite location: Cosmos Club (2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008)
11:00 am: Opening Session with introductory exercise (Joanne Kossuth, Elliott Shore)
12:30 pm: Working lunch
2:00 pm: Report outs
2:30 pm: Break
2:45 pm: Finding Your Strengths
3:45 pm: How to Think Collaboratively and Work as a Team
5:00 pm: Note to Self
5:15 pm: Reception

Monday, June 2, 2014: National Higher Education Landscape
7:30 am: Breakfast
8:00 am National Higher Education Landscape and Interview (Charles Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources)
9:00 am Perspectives and Interview (Molly Broad, President, American Council on Education (ACE))
10:00 am: Question and Answer
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Perspectives and Interview (Nick Lee, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
11:45 am: Question and Answer
12:15 pm: Working lunch
1:15 pm: Report outs and conversation reflections
2:00 pm: Perspectives and Interview (Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education)
3:00 pm: Question and Answer
3:30 pm: Break
3:45 pm: Debrief/Synthesis
4:45 pm: Dinner (participants are free for dinner)
7:30 pm: LCI Speaks on Site (Rick Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB))
               NOTE: This session will be held in the Balcony room at the Fairfax

Tuesday, June 3, 2014: Collective Creativity and the Academic Landscape
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Reflections
9:30 am: Adding Creative to Collaborative Thinking
11:00 am: Team Problem Scenarios
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Team Problem Scenarios (cont.)
2:30 pm: Break
2:45 pm: Perspectives and Interview (Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association)
3:45 pm: Question and Answer
4:15 pm: Debrief/Synthesis - Synthesis/Participant-driven session
5:00 pm: Dinner (participants are free for dinner)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014: The Business Landscape, Innovation, and Cost/Access Challenges
7:30 am: Office Hours
9:00 am: Perspectives and Interview (John Walda, President, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO))
9:30 am: Question and Answer
10:15 am: Break
10:30 am: Perspectives and Interview (Louis Soares, Vice President, Policy, Research, and Strategy, American Council on Education)
11:00 am: Question and Answer
11:45 am: Case Studies
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Report outs and Feedback
2:15 pm: Break
2:30 pm: Perspectives and Interview (Brit Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland)
3:30 pm: Question and Answer
3:45 pm: Break
4:00 pm: Debrief/Synthesis
5:00 pm: Dinner (participants are free for dinner)
7:30 pm: LCI Speaks on Site (Josh Wyner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute)

Thursday, June 5, 2014: Building the Case
7:30 am: Office Hours
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: Reviewing the Proposals
3:00: Break
4:15 pm: Synthesis/Debrief
6:00 pm: Closing Reception (Sequoia, 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Friday, June 6, 2014
7:30 am: Office Hours
9:00 am: Note to Self
9:30 am: Action Plan
10:30 am: Strengths and Needs
11:30 am: Break/Checkout
11:45 am: One Word
12:15 pm: Reflections/Lunch
1:15 pm: Evaluations
2:00 pm: Institute closes