EDUCAUSE Senior Directors Institute – February 2025

February 3–April 18, 2025

The EDUCAUSE Senior Directors Institute is a professional development program for senior leaders in higher education, such as deans, directors, and program chairs. The program is designed to address high-level campus-wide and leadership issues, while focusing on developing skills to effectively communicate, motivate and engage employees, spearhead strategies for institutional change, exercise strategic decision making, and lead the way in overcoming enterprise-level challenges.

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  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    February 3–April 18, 2025

  • Duration


    11 weeks

  • Time Commitment

    Time Commitment

    4-5 hours per week

  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend?

    Higher education professionals with 5-7 years of experience seeking or in senior director roles.

  • Program Delivery

    Program Delivery

    (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

  • Credential


    Successful completers receive the Senior Directors Institute digital microcredential.


About Attending This Institute

All EDUCAUSE Institutes are designed around the following core themes, which you’ll learn more about in the institute: diversity, equity, and inclusion, student success, and digital transformation. We believe in a humanized, learner-centered approach that supports communities of learning and networking.

This intensive, 11-week institute engages participants in interactive live sessions, offers small applied team projects designed to support networking and learning, and provides coaching with the faculty. Each competency below is delivered with diverse learning materials, resources, activities, and capstone projects in support of in-depth learning, immediate application, and networking.

Institute Competencies:

  • Leadership Journey
  • Leadership Communication
  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Institutional Change
  • Strategic Leadership Decisions
  • Enterprise Leadership

View each competency’s learning outcomes on the Schedule page 

Weekly Meetings 

Once a week, we will hold a live, synchronous online meeting to discuss resources, activities, and assessments. These meetings will combine lecture, discussion, and opportunities for questions. See full meeting schedule in the schedule page.

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Learners are expected to dedicate approximately 4-5 hours per week (synchronous and asynchronous) to have an engaged and successful learning experience.

Coaching and Mentoring Opportunities

You have the opportunity to receive coaching from the faculty during the institute.

All EDUCAUSE members can receive mentoring from an experienced leader from the higher education community, or be a mentor themselves, via EDUCAUSE’s Mentoring Program.

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  • Key Dates

    May 10

    Registration Open

    Registration opened in May.

    Feb 3

    Institute Begins

    The Senior Directors Institute begins on February 3, 2025.

    Apr 18

    Institute Ends

    The Senior Directors Institute concludes on April 18, 2025.