Professional Education

HIHE Alumni Seminar: Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal

This program will not be offered during the 2010-2011 academic year

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What You Will Learn

Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal will identify emerging leadership strategies that recognize and address current economic realities. You will learn practical applications from new faculty research. And you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from fellow HIHE alumni facing similar leadership challenges.

Program Overview

In light of the historic and unprecedented financial and organizational challenges now confronting the nation’s colleges and universities, there is growing sentiment that higher education is entering a period of “new normality.” Institutions will have to maintain or improve productivity with diminished resources; remain affordable and accessible despite acute financial pressures; and clearly demonstrate the outcomes of the teaching/learning process. With the economy showing early signs of stabilizing, higher education leaders are now beginning to wonder: What will the new normal look like and what will it require of me and my institution? What steps should I be taking to survive—and thrive—under these new economic and societal realities?

The HIHE Alumni Seminar will build on the skills you have already mastered at HGSE to address these new leadership challenges. Past participants of all HIHE summer institutes, seminars and other professional development programs are invited to participate. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, the Seminar will include reunion activities and a special alumni dinner. HIHE program cohorts will have the opportunity to reconnect with each other, renew existing friendships and forge new professional networks among fellow HIHE alumni.

Program Objectives

  • Learn concrete strategies to address "crisis fatigue" and sustain personal and institutional commitment to change and improvement during periods of ongoing fiscal crisis
  • Learn practical strategies for overcoming immunities to change found in collectivities—work teams, leadership groups, departments, colleges and entire institutions
  • Understand the leadership challenges associated with the implementation of a comprehensive campus-based system to assess student learning outcomes

Who Should Attend

  • Past participants of all HIHE summer institutes, seminars and other professional development programs
  • Alumni from the same program cohort are encouraged to register and attend as a group

Faculty Chair

Joseph Zolner, Lecturer on Education; Senior Director, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, HGSE.
Zolner is responsible for overseeing the professional development programs offered at HGSE for the higher education community. He serves as Faculty Co-Chair for the Institute for Educational Management (IEM), and Faculty Chair for the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and the Management Development Program (MDP). He is also a faculty member in several HIHE institutes and programs including the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) and the Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians.

Additional Faculty

Kent Chabotar, President, Guilford College
Chabotar serves as a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Management, the Management Development Program, the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education and the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

James Honan, Senior Lecturer; Educational Co-Chair, Institute for Educational Management, HGSE
Honan serves as Faculty Chair for the Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians, the Institute for Educational Management, the Management Development Program and Performance Assessment in Higher Education. He is a faculty member in multiple HIHE institutes and programs, including the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents and the Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents.

Enrollment Instructions

Past participants of any HIHE institute, seminar or other professional development program are eligible to attend the HIHE Alumni Seminar. Seminar registration operates on a first come, first served basis. During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate which HIHE program(s) you have attended and your year(s) of participation. Program registrations will be accepted until the seminar reaches enrollment capacity. Registration is not confirmed until full payment is received.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.