Gain critical skills and strategies that can help you navigate complex higher education landscapes – particularly as you assume new leadership responsibilities.
From crafting a strategy to allocating financial resources to enacting the vision of senior leadership, higher education administrators face a wide array of leadership and managerial challenges. To succeed, they need skills that enable them to work throughout the entire institutional hierarchy – from leading an individual department to mobilizing support for university-wide goals – while maintaining their self-worth and staying true to their own personal and professional identities.
Through the Management Development Program (MDP), higher education managers can gain the knowledge and insight needed to think more strategically, balance competing demands, and engage in more forward-thinking leadership.
Designed for leaders newly responsible for the strategic direction and administrative management of their departments or areas, MDP provides participants with the critical skills and mindsets needed to navigate complex institutional environments. Topics will include leadership effectiveness, negotiation tactics, fiscal decision-making, equity and inclusivity, ethics, and strategic planning. By the end of this five-day on-campus program, you will have the ability to incorporate broader strategic considerations into your management decisions. Specific activities include:
- Pre-program virtual orientation
- Real-world case studies
- Small group discussions
- Interactive presentations
- Immersive experiences
Throughout MDP, you will have the opportunity to learn and network with a diverse and dynamic cohort, deepen your working relationships through regular roundtable discussions, and continue these connections through a post-MDP participant webinar.
- Develop the capacity for you and your team to adapt toward greater individual and group effectiveness
- Learn the frameworks, tools, and skills to manage negotiations effectively
- Navigate fiscal decision-making by becoming familiar with financial structures and economic concepts found in higher education
- Take proactive steps to transform colleges and universities into truly inclusive institutions, foster success for all students, and support faculty and staff from a range of backgrounds
- Explore characteristics of effective and ethical leadership
- Gain skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating a strategic direction for your department or unit
- Maximize meeting planning to improve how you work with colleagues
- Establish connections and develop a lasting network with peers from around the world and throughout the United States