EDUCAUSE Institutes | Leadership Development

Advance Your Career and Skills 


Designed and delivered by some of the most innovative leaders and practitioners in higher education today, the EDUCAUSE Institutes help you develop in your career and further the vital skills needed to best lead where you are—infusing the core community themes of digital transformation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; student success; and data literacy


  • Leadership Development

    Grow your skills and become the leader you need to be to advance your career.

  • Expert Faculty

    Enjoy interaction and meaningful feedback from expert faculty in higher education.

  • Immersive Learning

    Learn in an immersive environment, either face-to-face or online.

  • Small Cohort Programs

    Build a strong network that you can turn to for advice even after the institute ends.

  • Applied Strategies

    Gain skills and strategies that you can immediately apply in your everyday work.

  • Earn a Microcredential

    Display your competency-based microcredential to share your accomplishment

New Managers Institute

Typically for: Higher education professionals new to or aspiring to management

  • Communicate professionally and successfully with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrate effective oversight of projects and people
  • Manage departmental costs to achieve organizational goals
  • Manage personnel to meet departmental performance goals and objectives

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Managers Institute

Typically for: Higher education managers with 3-5 years of experience

  • Identify personal and organizational values that align with and enhance your management goals
  • Develop communication strategies that allow information to be clearly articulated to different stakeholders
  • Implement strategies for maximizing performance with individuals and teams
  • Execute a financial strategy that maximizes resources and manages constraints

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Learning Technology Leaders Institute

Typically for: Professionals whose campus role involves the support and promotion of teaching and learning and who are in the first 5 years of their career

  • Contribute to learner success by providing access to diverse learning opportunities and resources
  • Use effective communication practices to collaborate with various academic stakeholders
  • Prioritize the use of data in decision-making, problem solving, and managing student information
  • Provide digital leadership to institutional transformation effort
  • Implement management strategies for various technology initiatives

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Senior Directors Institute

Typically for: Higher education professionals with 5-7 years of experience, or those actively seeking senior management roles within the next year

  • Employ effective communication strategies to build workplace relationships
  • Drive employee engagement by leveraging unique motivators
  • Implement proactive strategies to advocate for organizational changes and innovation
  • Use sound decision making that aligns with the mission and vision of the organization
  • Implement strategies for overcoming enterprise-level challenges

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Leadership Institute

Typically for: New CIOs, CISOs, or experienced senior IT leaders who are actively seeking CIO, CISO, and executive-level leadership positions

  • Determine strategies for developing individuals and teams to next level performance and promotion within the organization
  • Plan for sustainable, organizational change through global thinking and a culture of innovation
  • Develop strategic goals through research, planning, and systems thinking that will optimize organizational outcomes
  • Strengthen leadership by elevating personal leadership ability and performance through focus on senior leadership traits

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Leading Change Institute

Typically for: Deans, librarians, and information technologists who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing higher education environment

Co-hosted by EDUCAUSE and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR); successor to the Frye Leadership Institute.

The Leading Change Institute brings together information sector leaders, including deans, librarians, and information technologists who seek to inspire, advocate for, and advance change in in today’s increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing higher education environment.

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EDUCAUSE Institutes for Higher Education Institutions

Delivered online and in collaboration with institutional partners, EDUCAUSE Institutes can be delivered exclusively to a single institution, a system/district, region, or consortia. This localized, cohort-based approach has several benefits, financial and for the participants and sponsoring organization(s).

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The following programs are offered as additional programming at EDUCAUSE conferences.


Hawkins Leadership Roundtable

Typically for: Higher education emerging, senior, and executive leaders

The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable is held at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.


Leadership Seminar

Typically for: Senior campus leaders who advance teaching, learning and student success across the institution

The Leadership Seminar is held at the ELI Annual Meeting.


Effective Leadership Seminar

Typically for: Aspiring higher education security professionals

The Effective Leadership Seminar is held at the Security Professionals Conference.


Become an EDUCAUSE Institute Faculty Member

The EDUCAUSE Institute programs are supported and facilitated by leaders in the higher education community from a variety of areas including information technology, security, teaching and learning, and others. These leaders and experts serve as instructors, role models, and mentors to program participants. Learn more about the process →


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