EDUCAUSE Executive Leaders Academy 2024/2025

The EDUCAUSE Executive Leaders Academy is a hybrid, cohort-based, immersive, and applied learning experience for higher education executive leaders or those actively seeking executive positions. This seven-month program includes an in-person component at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference (included in the registration fee) and continues online, featuring experts and thought leaders in key areas throughout.

September 16, 2024 – April 25, 2025
Hybrid: In Person and Online

*NOTE: Attendance at the 2024 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is included and required. The Academy starts on 10/20 at 1:00 PM Central, please plan your travel accordingly.

Apply Now

Artificial Intelligence and Leadership

AI technologies will continue to impact nearly every area of higher education: admissions and enrollment, learning, administration, student support services, research and data analysis, curriculum, policy, security, and many others. The impact will be significant and multifaceted. It will require leaders to leverage several skill areas, many of which will be covered in the Academy. Participants will be exposed to experts and research in AI, and other ancillary topics, like change management and data analytics. They will also have a choice to work through an AI institution-specific project throughout the Academy.

  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    September 16, 2024–April 25, 2025

  • Time


    7 months/
    3–5 hours per week

  • Application Project

    Application Project

    Apply your new skills to a personalized institutional project.

  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend?

    For new, experienced, or those actively seeking senior/executive leadership roles in higher education.

  • Program Delivery

    Program Delivery

    In Person and Online
    *NOTE: Attendance at the 2024 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is included and required.

  • Credential


    Successful completers receive the Executive Leaders Academy digital microcredential.

About the Academy

The Academy is focused on intentional leadership for professionals in higher education, information technology, teaching and learning, information security, data, and innovation.

Built around the core themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion, student success, and digital transformation, the Academy begins with conversations to provide insight into your values, leadership knowledge, and skills. In addition to the curriculum, while in the Academy, you’ll work with a mentor, engage with an executive recruiter, and develop an expanded network of colleagues to help you reflect upon and develop your leadership competencies and approach.

  • Leadership Foundations: Gain insight into value-based leadership, coaching, personal brand, and engaging with the academy cohort.
    • Includes support for exploring your professional values, expanding your insight into the guiding principles that shape your leadership philosophy and approach, and laying the groundwork for a comprehensive and effective leadership foundation. Learn the principles of coaching, both as a coach and a recipient.
  • Change Leadership: Understand and apply tools and ideas for successfully leading change initiatives at your institution.
    • Includes support to incorporate a systematic change approach into your leadership style, drawing insights from successful change initiatives. Promote diversity and inclusion within the change process and engage in meaningful discussions about areas requiring effective change leadership, such as integrating AI, data advancements, and other opportunities for change within higher education.
  • Collaboration, Influence, and Negotiation: Explore collaboration frameworks, the power of leadership influence, and negotiation to advance institutional initiatives and strategic objectives.
    • Includes support for exploring collaboration models, and understanding effective frameworks that support synergy and cooperation. Understand how to build and leverage leadership influence, inspiring and guiding teams towards shared goals. Acquire strategic negotiation skills to navigate complexities and secure favorable outcomes.
  • Leading a Data-Informed Culture: Learn to build a data-empowered culture and leverage data analytics/intelligence to support institutional goals.
    • Includes support for effectively utilizing data analytics, encompassing national trends or local data related to finance, resource allocation, and institutional research. This support aids in addressing challenges and pursuing opportunities within your institution, fostering a data-empowered culture, and collaborating with key organizational data stakeholders.
  • Business Acumen and Action: Empower your leadership by exploring ways to increase your business acumen at the highest levels of the institution.
    • Includes support for Identifying business acumen skills for strategic efforts, developing a communication strategy for initiatives, and enhancing influence and business skills.
  • Organizational Design: Review and reimagine your organization's current and future design and its relationship to the institution’s strategic goals.
    • Includes support for a systematic approach to shaping an organization for optimal effectiveness in attaining its goals and objectives. It involves strategic decision-making to align individuals, resources, and activities, culminating in a structure that fosters diversity, communication, efficiency, and adaptability and aligns with the organization's overarching strategy.
  • Ongoing Leadership Journey: Reflect on your experience in the Academy and your ongoing leadership journey to formulate a comprehensive plan for sustained personal and professional development.
    • Includes support and guidance for identifying future growth opportunities, crafting strategies to cultivate a robust network of colleagues, pinpointing mentors and coaches, and formulating a plan to optimize your leadership brand.

View Schedule 

Learners are expected to dedicate approximately 3-5 hours per week (synchronous and asynchronous) to have an engaged and successful learning experience.

View the faculty and mentors →

  • EDUCAUSE Professional Pathways

    Chart your way forward and advance in your career.

    View the EDUCAUSE Pathways

    EDUCAUSE Events Finder

    Keep growing with upcoming EDUCAUSE events.

    View upcoming events

  • Key Dates

    Apr 2

    Registration Open

    Registration will open in April.

    Sep 16

    Academy Begins

    The Executive Leaders Academy begins on September 16, 2024.

    Apr 25

    Academy Ends

    The Executive Leaders Academy concludes on April 25, 2025.

83% of Executive Leaders Academy alumni are in executive-level roles.