The Advanced Academy builds and expands on prior leadership training, knowledge, and experience, helping higher education leaders become more effective as change agents and system influencers. Taking a more global look at higher education, the Academy converges theoretical research and discoveries, practical experience and discussions, and surveys and case studies to accelerate credibility and enhance leadership capacity. Participants explore and apply strategies that inspire trust, confront bias, establish team resilience, and align vision to reality so they lead with integrity and create an inclusive organizational culture.
Based on the concept of training and development over time, the Advanced Academy consists of two, 3-day residential training platforms, scheduled a year apart, identified as Session One and Two. Participants complete a year-long practicum project between training sessions, supported and guided by Academy facilitators and coaching conversations, self-selected mentors, webinars, and program resources.
The Advanced Academy is intended for mid-to-senior leaders in higher education, as the content and curriculum is designed for established and experienced leaders looking for their next step in professional development. This program extends prior knowledge and skill sets, providing specialized training for those who may aspire to administrative or executive-level positions in higher education settings.
Graduates of the Foundation Leadership Academy are encouraged to attend. The Advanced Program does not require completion of the Foundation Program as a prerequisite, but it does build on its content, competencies, and principles.
The Advanced Academy is learner-centered and designed to help leaders think big and adapt quickly, develop and execute strategy, coach and improve performance, and reframe situations for better decision making. Participants are actively involved in discussion groups, situational experiments, and development outcomes, with meaningful opportunities to reflect on, clarify, and debate issues relevant to the dynamics of higher education and organizational culture.
Feature and design criteria incorporated throughout the program:
• Active and engaged participant contribution
• Meaningful, thought-provoking, and relevant curriculum and case studies
• Practical and applicable strategies, resources, and projects for continuous learning
• Measurable development outcomes
Advanced Academy outcomes:
• Apply theoretical knowledge, practical experience, defined contributions, and
collective stories and case studies to accelerate credibility as a leader and build
confidence in leadership capacity.
• Implement the 4 Essential Roles of Leadership:
• Create conditions that inspire trust,
• Craft a compelling vision and strategy,
• Align core systems to execute strategy, and
• Help team members reach their full potential through regular coaching and feedback.
• Live and lead with integrity by establishing leadership values that align with
organizational values, address unconscious bias, and understand emotional intelligence mindsets.
• Intentionally establish an engaged culture, focused on meaningful teamwork in an environment of trust.
• Explore and develop innovative and optimistic perspectives and techniques that help leaders
reframe situations to find clarity and meaning amid intricate and perplexing issues within
their teams and higher education organizations.
• Examine the variables associated with decision making and evaluate the environmental
factors that influence our decisions and team decisions.
Participants and facilitators work together in community with a defined set of guiding principles, practices, and values to create a shared cohort vision for desired objectives, learning opportunities, and meaningful results.
All program facilitators are practitioners in the field of higher education. They are Academy certified, with annual specialized program training.
Academy facilitators work collectively and independently with participants to establish an inclusive and trusting culture that encourages authentic communication and inquiry to promote innovation, experimentation, discovery, and reflection that influences and impacts positive change.
Advanced Academy participants establish a network of colleagues across the global spectrum of higher education. These relationships build the cohort’s community of leadership, informing, supporting, and strengthening their creative thinking and visioning process to continuously engage participants throughout the Academy year
Participants engage in an independent project, incorporating the strategies, resources, and learning from program concepts, materials, and activities for deeper personal and team application and execution. The goal of the practicum project is to make an immediate impact by creating a timeline for putting learning into action.
Participants identify a current or upcoming team project, challenge, or change process they are leading or will lead, and implement personal and team action items to improve leadership effectiveness and influence alignment, cohesion, creativity, clarity, and communication within a team environment.
Assessments, Documents, and Reports
As participants work through the Academy Program and Practicum, they complete a series of assessments, documents, and reports to help identify their strengths, discoveries, reflections, and the impact of individual leadership goals, as well as illustrate the progress, success, and challenges of their team’s project or process.
Mentoring and Coaching
Participants self-select an internal and/or external mentor who will provide support, guidance, and feedback during the practicum year. The Academy provides a mentor guidebook for review and reflection.
Academy facilitators serve as coaches during the Academy year to offer support, guidance, feedback, and resources. Coaching conversations and check-ins are scheduled to meet to the needs of participants.
Reflective Practice and Journaling
During the practicum experience, participants are encouraged to actively reflect on their leadership journey. Reflective practice establishes a benchmark journal, whether written or in thought, providing insight into what is learned from experiences, successes, and failures. The information gained helps leaders focus on and plan for what they will do moving forward.
Resources for Connection and Ongoing Learning
Participants are encouraged to remain engaged with the Academy’s leadership community and social media platforms. Cohort webinars are available, as well as daily resources through the Academy’s blog “WhatAboutLeadership” and FranklinCovey’s “All Access Pass.”
Academy for Advanced Leadership Certificate of Completion
Graduates of the Advanced Academy are presented with a framed “Certificate of Completion” and Advanced Academy pin. This recognition celebrates intentional and successful attainment of the Advanced Program curriculum, practicum, and competencies.
This Academy Program includes two residential sessions, approximately one year apart.
Total Academy Program Cost: $3,800.00* (USD)
*Costs listed below are approximates, dependent upon location, venue, and food packages.
Session Part 1: $2,800.00* (USD)
Food and Administrative Costs:
Session Part 2 - $ 1,000.00* (USD)
Food and Administrative Costs:
PART 1, Residential Session Topics
PART 2, Residential Session Topics
The Advanced Academy Competencies are aligned with the Competencies for Community College Leaders developed by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
1. Recognize the unique talents of team members and work to align roles, responsibilities, and expectations so that they can use their talents in pursuit of individual, team, and organizational goals
2. Create a spirit of community by celebrating the values and victories of individuals and the team
3. Inspire others by relating to them in ways which energize and uplift them
4. Identify, equip, coach, and mentor the leaders around me for sustained success and succession planning
5. Understand, appreciate and value diversity and inclusion
6. Engage in constructive dialogue
7. Challenge assumptions
8. Create and maintain a climate of teamwork and trust through open and honest communication
9. Resolve difficult moral dilemmas by understanding and considering varying perspectives diversity
10. Engage in ethical behavior
11. Respect and value differences
12. Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust
13. Engage in reflective practice to better learn and grow as a leader
14. Strengthen others by sharing power, discretion, authority, and information
15. Forward-looking, regarding the potential benefits and uses of technology to connect individuals and teams for increased access, engagement, and assessment of organizational and learning outcomes
16. Identify, access, and manage risks and opportunities individually and throughout my organization so that I efficiently and effectively use my organization’s resources
17. Recognize leadership at all levels and constituencies within the organization, and work to develop leaders within my organization
18. Make teamwork, trust, and empowerment essential elements of leadership
19. Explore the enterprise of education
20. Develop employees and staff through succession planning and professional development opportunities
21. Embrace change
22. Enhance the opportunity for personal and professional growth to facilitate success
The Chair Academy has formed partnerships to offer participants the opportunity to earn credits toward a graduate degree. With successful completion of the Academy Program, see the options available for continued education.
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