Further develop and refine your leadership skills and work alongside Harvard faculty and accomplished peers to explore strategies for long-term institutional success in this highly immersive, intensive learning experience.
This program prepares senior leaders in higher education to address the most pressing challenges they face, including setting strategic direction and getting buy-in from key stakeholders, competing successfully in a dynamic marketplace, optimizing the impact of financial and human resources, embracing the right emerging technologies, leveraging diversity and creating an inclusive community on campus, and responding to questions about the relevance and effectiveness of higher education primarily in the US context, while considering international perspectives.
The founding program within the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) portfolio, the Institute for Educational Management (IEM), builds on a 50-year history of providing higher education leaders with the tools, best-practices, professional network, and increased capacity to play the critical stewardship role required of them by their institutions. IEM provides the time and space to step back from your day-to-day work to reflect and build new capabilities, together with the rare opportunity to assess your leadership skills, renew your commitment to what matters most in your work, and to develop tangible strategies for near- and long-term institutional success. As a member of the IEM community you will forge vibrant and sustained professional networks, and contribute to your peers’ learning as they help expand and refine your own practices and perspectives. You will focus on the challenges of leading organizational change and growth, while also having the opportunity for personal renewal and connection.
This comprehensive, 9-day executive education program will help enable experienced, senior-level higher education leaders to articulate a compelling institutional vision, to foster meaningful and enduring institutional growth, and to address the issues and make decisions that drive positive organizational change and innovation. Together with your peers, you will explore the challenges of organizational leadership and management, and discover opportunities for personal renewal. Over the course of the program, session topics will include:
- Leadership and management, including how to be an effective senior leader, personal aspects of leadership, and the intricacies and challenges of leading complex academic institutions;
- Navigating the political dimensions of your role, including stewarding external relationships, governance, and working with your board;
- Management of financial and human resources, and concepts and practices in strategic resource allocation; and
- Analysis of the evolving higher education environment, and the implications of increasing competition in the sector.
Through IEM you will have the opportunity to learn alongside and network with colleagues from a broad range of institutions within and outside the United States. You will to build deeper connections among this peer-group during small group sessions and in peer-to-peer coaching and feedback throughout the duration of the program. Together with your peers and the HGSE faculty you will consider answers to questions like:
- What gets in the way of putting your ideas into action at the individual and institutional level?
- In what ways can planning and strategy implementation lead to and drive opportunity for positive institutional change and improvement?
- How can you function as an agent of change and champion of improvement within your institution without burning bridges or being sidelined?
- How might you go about putting your plans into action when you leave the program, to ensure there are results directly attributable to your learning?
Continued Online Engagement
A hallmark of the HIHE experience is the deep and lasting relationship formed among a diverse and dynamic cohort of leaders across the sector. Following the 9-day on-campus experience, you will continue to engage with your peers and Harvard faculty through four online learning and facilitated discussion opportunities between July 2020 and April 2021. Session content will be driven by the particular needs and interests of the cohort, and more information on the dates will be announced soon.
- Articulate your own leadership challenges and explore how to advance the mission of your institution
- Gain insight on balancing internal and external leadership roles and working more effectively as a member of the senior leadership team
- Learn to lead in creating a community and culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Develop the capacity to drive innovation, improvement, and change for lasting impact at your institution
- Deepen your understanding of the components of institutional success and learn to leverage the capacity in your own school
- Engage with a dynamic, accomplished network of peers from across the country and around the world to develop your thinking through peer coaching and a sustained professional network