Agile Administrators


The Agile Administrators project’s microcredential program enables senior college and university leaders to adapt and innovate to meet the needs of students and society in a rapidly changing environment.

Through self-paced interactive modules and facilitated agile learning circles hosted on ACE Engage®, higher education administrators who recognize the need to become more agile in their leadership practice and accelerate the transformation of their institutions will explore key mindsets, strategies, and techniques.

The curriculum integrates approaches to innovation that show promise in higher education, including design thinking, lean startup development, and agile project management. Developed in collaboration with top experts, it is informed by ACE’s Comprehensive Institutional Transformation Framework and Shared Equity Leadership Model.

Potential participants can register for the microcredential program in May 2021.

This work is made possible through generous funding provided by the Charles Koch Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Six Competencies

These competencies define what Agile Administrators need to be able to do and how they should do it:

  • Mindset: Agile Administrators need to think differently about framing problems, taking risks, making decisions, and creating value.
  • Mapping: Agile Administrators need to understand their institutions’ external drivers and internal opportunities and constraints in relationship to student experience.
  • Managing: Agile Administrators need to lead rapid iterations of ideation, design, and real-world testing of innovative solutions.
  • Making: Agile Administrators lead rapid iterations of ideation, design, and real-world testing of innovative solutions.
  • Mission and Money: Agile Administrators need to understand how to connect resources to organizational learning and strategy to advance institutional mission and values.
  • Movement and Momentum: Agile Administrators need to tell their story and build truly collaborative relationships with potential champions, capacity builders, and stakeholders to institutionalize innovation.
Three Ways to Learn

The Agile Administrators program strengthens the six competencies in three ways:

  • Learning Pathways: Self-paced, flexible online learning content that you can be complete in about 10 hours
  • Agile Learning Circles: Facilitated social learning groups that enable learning among peers as you implement agile innovation on your campus
  • Microcredential Portfolio: Document your capability to lead agile innovation in higher education
ACE Certified Agile Administrator Microcredential

After successfully presenting and defending their portfolio to a panel of experts, program participants will receive the ACE Certified Agile Administrator Microcredential. To ensure its rigor, the microcredential assessment will be independently evaluated using the same standards as ACE Learning Evaluations credit evaluations.

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