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Register Now for the 2019 ACL Summer Institute!

June 16 - 19 | Atlanta, Georgia | hosted by the Associated Colleges of the South

Registration deadline: April 27, 2019

You might qualify for a scholarship of $1,125 if your institution has a budget of under $150,000. See below for scholarship information.

About the Institute

Watch three alumni of the Institute share their strategies for turning the idea of change into real progress at their consortia: Cole Woodcox (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges), Chris Bass (Claremont University Consortium) and Sarah Kahrl (Five Colleges of Ohio).


Click here to stream the recorded webinar | Click here to stream the podcast from iTunes


Why is an Institute on Collaboration in Higher Education needed?


Consortia and other collaboration-based organizations have had a significant and unique impact on American higher education over the past 50 years. Leaders of these organizations must work hard and be creative to ensure the commitment of institutional and private resources and produce meaningful results. The Institute creates a unique opportunity to learn from these leaders who will share their experiences and “lessons learned” through an interactive, social, and structured approach to the training of participants on the research and practice of effective consortial leadership.

Who will benefit from the Summer Institute?


The Institute is designed for leaders who are interested in understanding the impact of inter-institutional collaborations and cooperation on higher education. While directors and chief executive officers will find the topics and case study approaches of interest, the workshop is also of great value to other senior-level administrators who are preparing for greater leadership roles in their current institutions or who are seeking broader perspectives on collaborative endeavors.


Participants will:

  • Make connections with other consortia leaders in order to build a personal network of skilled colleagues;
  • Develop professional skills that will enhance their strategic thinking, communications, and leadership capabilities;
  • Leave with ideas on how their organization can develop better systems for managing the work of the consortia and identify potential new projects; and
  • Benchmark the work of your consortia or collaboration with peer organizations.

How was the Summer Institute formed?


In 2010, a core group of executives identified the need to better equip leaders of higher education collaborative organizations for the challenges of the future by professionalizing their roles and building a curriculum for a leadership workshop based on a well-defined body of knowledge regarding high-impact practices in collaborative leadership. Through the Association for Collaborative Leadership, this group established a Summer Institute with the expectation that this Institute will ultimately result in:

  • Organizations that are more educationally effective and administratively sound;
  • Senior staff members who better understand the mission of their organizations and effectively discharge their responsibilities; and
  • Staff members who work together in a productive national or international network, sharing information and learning from each other.

How will the Institute be conducted?


The eighth Institute will consist of a purposeful three-day curriculum taught in an interactive workshop format. The Associated Colleges of the South will serve as host.  Participants will have access to an experienced faculty of facilitators, made up of current leaders and experts in particular strategic areas. They will use case studies, research, key reference articles, homework assignments, mini lectures, group exercises, and discussions to build a common understanding of the work of collaborative organizations and enhance participants’ effectiveness as leaders and managers. Institute faculty mentor participants throughout the three-day program in addition to facilitating particular workshop sessions.  Participants are asked to identify a particular project to work on while at the institute with the opportunity to gather feedback from other participants and the faculty.


What content areas are covered?


Participants will leave the three-day Institute with a clear understanding of the role, rationale and culture of organizations as vehicles for collaboration, as well as with specific skills in planning; budgeting; leading inter-institutional groups; developing and sustaining positive inter-institutional relations; monitoring and documenting the value of a collaborative organization’s program; communications within and about their organization; developing program, financing and governance structures; and cultivating funding resources. Specific topics include:

  • Key elements of existing academic consortia and similar higher education organizations: vocabulary, models, legal structures, histories and lessons learned;
  • Financing and budgeting structures and how they influence cooperation;
  • Governance structures, how to work within those structures and how they influence cooperation;
  • Navigating different institutional cultures to achieve endorsed collaborative projects;
  • Achieving influence in the absence of authority and building a culture of collaboration among campus leaders;
  • Creating and assessing the mission and goals of an organization and aligning these with the mission and goals of the institutions served by the organization;
  • Developing strategic plans and strategic initiatives;
  • Monitoring and assessing progress and accomplishments in collaborative endeavors and communicating the value of these endeavors;
  • Communicating effectively with leaders and other faculty members and administrators of campuses served by collaborative organizations; and
  • Working with different multi-institutional groups of leaders.

How can I participate in the Institute?


Participation in the Institute is by application only and the number of Institute scholars is limited in order to ensure a rich and positive experience. For more information on the eighth ACL Summer Institute on Collaboration in Higher Education, see the additional tabs on this website. If you have further questions, please contact ACL at

Are there scholarships available for the Institute?

Yes! Scholarships will be offered to support up to 50% of the tuition cost of the ACL Summer institute.  The funds will be used to support participants from consortia or collaborations fewer than two years old or to support new directors of existing consortia or collaborations with operating budgets of $150,000 or less.  Each consortium or collaborative enterprise is limited to applying for one scholarship. In the event we receive more applicants than we can serve, priority will be given to consortia and collaborations that serve or include minority-serving institutions. 

To apply for the a Summer Institute scholarship, please respond to the questions found in this form via email to The initial application round of review will conclude on April 15, 2019.


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