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ACE Advancing to the CAO - October 2017


October 02, 2017


No longer accepting applications for October 2017

Thank you for your interest in Advancing to the CAO. This two-day workshop is designed specifically for mid-career administrators who will be seeking a CAO position within the next 2 years. ACE will select approximately 30 individuals who represent diverse backgrounds across all different institutional types.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please email

Key Program Dates - Advancing to the CAO October 2017
August 3, 2017 ​Cancellations requests submitted to by COB will receive full refund
August 28, 2017 ​Final date to submit program application
August 28, 2017 ​Program materials due (Visit the Program page tab for more details)
August 28, 2017 Final payment date (participation is not confirmed unless fee is paid in full)
​September 11, 2017​ ​​Cancellation requests submitted to by COB will receive 50% refund
After September 11, 2017​ ​Cancellation requests received are not eligible for a refund
Program Location

The October 2017 workshop will take place at the National Center for Higher Education (NCHE Building) in Washington, DC. Visit the Location page tab for details. 


ACE Member Institution: $1,700      |        Non-ACE Member Institution: $2,000

Check your institution's membership status via the ACE Members & Associates Directory.

Fees are due after acceptance into the workshop; includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Applicants are responsible for hotel and travel expenses – discounted hotel rates are available. Visit the Location tab above for details.

Full payment must be received no later than August 28, 2017. ACE accepts the following payment options:

  • Credit Card - American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard accepted. Log into ATC October 2017 account to complete payment process. Or, call 202-939-9376 to have payment processed by phone.

  • Check - Make payable to American Council on Education and indicate applicants name on check. Mail check and invoice (if applicable) to:

American Council on Education
C/O ACE Leadership
P.O. Box 418762
Boston, MA 02241-8762

Note: Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. To request an invoice, email


Related Events

No longer accepting applications

October 2-3, 2017
National Center for Higher Education
Washington, DC


Additional program materials are due by August 28, 2017


Program Topics

The Advancing to the CAO workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Developing an effective CAO search strategy
  • Practical training, including mock video-taped interviews and CV/resume critiques
  • Gaining a better understanding of the search process through candid conversations with search firm executives
  • Contract negotiation
  • Transitioning successfully into a CAO position
  • CAO leadership
Application Process

The Advancing to the CAO application will ask for the following information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Current institution demographics
  • Information related to your search process
  • One-page biography (Georgia font, 11 pt, Word format)

If admitted to the program, participants will receive instructions on how to submit additional material for the program. Admission decisions will be made within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.

Additional Program Materials

A hallmark of this program is that each participant will receive personalized feedback on his/her draft cover letter and resume/CV. If accepted to Advancing to the CAO, you will be asked to provide the following documentation:

  • A job description or posting (that is representative of the type of position you will be seeking)
  • A draft cover letter written for that position
  • Resume/CV

If you have additional questions regarding the program, email


​The October 2017 workshop will take place at the:

National Center of Higher Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-939-9300

Room Rate

Participants are responsible for hotel and travel expenses. Discounted rate is $259 – reservation deadline is September 18, 2017. Please review the Hotel and Travel (PDF) 1MB document for additional logistic details (includes hotel reservation link).

If you have any questions, email

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