The Higher Ed Guide for the Corporate Community

June 14–30, 2023

Colleges and universities have unique cultures, structures, and governance. The Higher Ed Guide for the Corporate Community program is designed to help those new to working with higher education understand the organizational structures, decision-making and strategic planning processes, procurement practices, funding models and approaches, stakeholders and influencers, and more. This online 3-week program will have both asynchronous and synchronous components. Led by senior higher education leaders, this program will help participants develop the skills needed to be successful in navigating and working with the higher education community.

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  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    June 14–30, 2023

  • Duration


    2 weeks

  • Time Commitment

    Time Commitment

    3-4 hours per week

  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend?

    Anyone new to higher education, including those doing business or partnering with colleges and universities.

  • Program Delivery

    Program Delivery

    (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

  • Credential


    Successful completers receive a digital microcredential.


About Attending This Program

This intensive, three-week program engages participants in interactive live sessions, is designed to support opportunities for applied learning and coaching, and is supported by faculty and subject matter experts in each of the competency areas below. We ask that participants actively plan the time they will spend on the program each week, even on a daily basis. Each competency below is delivered with diverse learning materials, resources, and activities in support of in-depth learning and immediate application.

  • Higher Education Organizational Structures: Understand the various institutional models and how governance is structured, positioned and operationalized.
    • Includes support for understanding governance models, institutional types, leadership reporting structures, and how each of these impacts technology investment decisions.
  • Stakeholders and Influencers of Technology Decisions: Understand various stakeholders and their level of influence on organizational decision-making.
    • Includes support for understanding higher education roles and hierarchies, institutional authority structures, and how various leaders influence technology investments.
  • Technology Planning and Funding: Understand higher education strategic planning processes and how to support and engage with them at the appropriate level and time.
    • Includes support for understanding an institution’s strategic plan; how strategic models influence technology funding, purchasing, and decision making; and how to cultivate and manage relationships with institutional technology leaders.
  • The Procurement Process: Evaluate how organizational procurement processes intersect with product assessment, review, identification, and selection.
    • Includes support for understanding the procurement process, navigating funding models, the sales cycle's impact on technology budgets, and how governance affects procurement funding.

Live Sessions

Once or twice a week, we will hold live, synchronous online meetings to discuss resources, activities, and competencies. These meetings will be a combination of short talks, discussion, and opportunities for questions. See the full meeting schedule in the agenda page.

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Learners are expected to dedicate approximately 3–4 hours per week (synchronous and asynchronous) to have an engaged and successful learning experience.

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  • Key Dates

    Oct 1

    Registration Open

    Registration opened in October.

    Jun 14

    Program Begins

    The Higher Ed Guide for the Corporate Community program begins on June 19, 2023.

    Jun 30

    Program Ends

    The Higher Ed Guide for the Corporate Community program ends on June 30, 2023.