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The Schedule (tentative)

Pre-Academy Session: Prior to the start of the Academy,  participants will login to an online session and complete some preliminary tasks and readings to prepare for their on-site activities.

Monday, July 17

8:30 am   
Welcome and Group Activity

9:00 am
Participant Introductions

9:30 am   
Leadership Styles and Strengths—What is my Role as a Leader?

Transformational leaders must have the knowledge and skills necessary to guide, direct and respond to an ever-changing educational landscape. These individuals must collaborate with others at their college to define a vision for the future, while they foster and sustain a culture that supports collaboration, change, growth and continuous improvement.

How will you step into a leadership role at your institution? What skills do you need to move forward? Drawing from your personal leadership style assessment, we will discuss your next possible steps. How does a leader instigate and stay ahead of technological and academic innovations to develop a culture of change? How do you position your college for the next three years (the next five years)? We will identify strategies to inform decisions about innovative technology and its use in higher education.

12:30 pm   
Lunch

1:30 pm  
Distance Education Politics and Advocacy

The need to be an effective advocate for distance education is, or should be, part of your position description. You are an expert, you have done your homework, and you know what is needed for your program. This responsibility for advocacy begins on your campus, but as distance education continues to evolve and grow, it is essential for you to also pay attention to what is happening beyond your campus—and to find ways to influence the possible outcomes.

Distance education has seen a rising tide of new and proposed mandates and regulation. Examples include the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act which addressed student authentication, the U.S. Department of Education's efforts to force states to regulate distance learning through state authorization, and attempts to reign in for-profit "bad apples" through "gainful employment." You and members of your campus community need to know about the challenges that lie ahead and what options you may have.

4:00 pm  
Reflection—Work on Individual Learning Plans

4:30 pm
Wrap-up Activity

5:00 pm  
Adjourn

7:00 pm—Group Activity

Tuesday, July 18

9:00 am  
Data-Driven Decision Making—Moving the Institution Forward

Data-driven decision making is the gold standard for today's 21st century college administrator. You should not make any major decisions without first identifying, generating and reviewing the key data. What data do you need? What data is available? Do you conduct annual surveys of your students and faculty? We will answer these and other pertinent questions as we explore the wonderful, fun-filled world of data!

12:00 pm   
Lunch

1:00 pm  
Keep Up—Move Foward Communicate

Distance education has changed, is changing and will keep on changing. As a leader, you will be seen as having “all the answers”—from new technology and its uses, to pedagogy changes, to how to install an App on a tablet and everything in between. How will you keep abreast of all the changes, know what is viable and valuable for your institution, and influence those in your institution to embrace change. We will explore options for keeping up with the change and through scenarios and role-playing help with the message and dealing with laggards.

4:00 pm
Reflection—Work on Individual Learning Plans

4:30 pm  
Wrap-up Activity

5:00 pm
Adjourn—Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, July 19

8:30 am   
Participant Introductions

9:00 am   
The Completion Agenda

As institutions consider online learning to be a central means for achieving their mission to provide adults with access to high-quality learning opportunities, colleges face increasing demands to ensure their online learners can successfully achieve their academic, professional, and personal enrichment goals. Dynamic, competent leadership is central to creating an effective program that results in successful online students. We will uncover research that points to student success strategies and devise ways to support those plans.

12:00 pm   
Lunch

1:00 pm
Strategic Planning

Educators create and use strategic plans to communicate their organizational priorities and guide their use of resources toward common goals. A well-developed planning process provides the foundation for a successful plan. We will review key elements of the planning process, examine your program’s strengths and weaknesses, weigh relevant data, address key themes, consider leadership and stakeholder involvement, and unveil barriers that can prevent you from moving forward.

4:00 pm  
Reflection—Work on Individual Learning Plans

5:00 pm  
Participant Reflections

5:30 pm
Adjourn

6:00 pm  
Graduation Dinner