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What is the Program?

About the Leading Change Institute

Since the inception of the Institute, key higher education issues have included new sources of competition, use of technology to support effective teaching and learning, distance learning, changing modes of scholarly communications, an increasing focus on students and, fundamentally, a transformation in the qualities necessary for leadership in today's increasingly ambiguous and rapidly changing environment. These issues continue to frame the complex landscape of higher education and to inform the Leading Change Institute's scope.

Together with the deans and other thought leaders from the community, fellows in the Institute contemplate the current and future impact of these issues in the higher education community. They discuss numerous approaches to addressing these issues, including ideas for collaboration, collective creativity, and innovation within and across departments, institutions, and local or regional boundaries; the conceptualization of blended positions and organizations; and the importance of community mentorship and advocacy. Speakers from a wide range of backgrounds share real-life problems across the higher education landscape for which, over the course of the Institute, participants are challenged to devise and propose solutions.

Date and Location

June 11-16, 2017
Marriott Marquis Washington DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Marriott Marquis Washington DC is located near CLIR's and EDUCAUSE's headquarters, close to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. With the national headquarters for many higher education associations within walking distance and close proximity to the heart of higher education's national policy-making body, the LCI encourages dialogue between the participants, government officials, and the leaders of these national organizations.

Deans and Speakers

The 2017 Deans are Joanne Kossuth, Principal, 1MountainRoad and Chief Information Officer, Mitchell College; and Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries.

The LCI's well-established reputation as a place where its speakers can have thoughtful, serious conversations with emerging leaders in higher education means that many of our speakers return year after year to engage with participants. In 2017, speakers at the LCI will include:


Leading Change Institute Curriculum

The agenda at the LCI reflects the deans' and organizers' commitment to creating an environment where mutual trust and respect encourage openness, teamwork, and personal and professional growth. The agenda below is provided for reference, and is subject to change prior to the commencement of the 2017 LCI.

Sunday, June 11, 2017: Welcome and Introductions
11:00 am: Opening Session with introductory exercise
12:30 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Report outs
2:30 pm: Top Three Takeaways
3:30 pm: Break
3:45 pm: Report outs
4:15 pm: How to Think Collaboratively and Work as a Team
5:45 pm: Note to Self
6:00 pm: Opening Reception

Wednesday, June 14, 2017: The Business Landscape and Cost/Access Challenges
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: National Landscape: Higher Education Business 
10:00 am: Break
10:15 am: Higher Education External Relations: Perspectives in Risk Mitigation
12:00 pm: Benchmarking
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Team Scenarios: Part I
3:30 pm: Break
3:45 pm: Team Scenarios: Part II
4:45 pm: Debrief/Synthesis
5:15 pm: Break
7:00 pm: National Landscape: Cost and Access Challenges

Thursday, June 15, 2017: Building the Case
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: Brainstorming and Building the Proposal
10:30 am: Break
10:45 am: Building the Proposal (cont.)
12:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 pm: Building the Proposal (cont.)
2:15 pm: Present the Proposals
3:15 pm: Review the Proposals
4:15 pm: Synthesis/Debrief
6:00 pm: Closing Reception (Fathom Gallery)

Friday, June 16, 2017
7:30 am: Breakfast and Office Hours with the deans
9:00 am: Reflections
9:30 am: Teams create a plan of action
10:30 am: Break/checkout
11:00 am: Teams develop mentoring and communication plans
12:00 pm: One Word/Evaluations
12:15 pm: Lunch (optional)