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Institutional Capacity

  • Colleges and universities continually work to build capacity in both personnel and programs. This includes the continuing development of leaders who will facilitate the changes essential to deploying resources to increase productivity. The key tasks necessary to achieve an institution’s mission with greater efficiency also involve the buy-in of the campus community. These include: Improving the skill sets of key personnel, developing strategies to effect change, and facilitation of discussions to achieve buy-in.

Featured Content

  • ACE-ACUE Collaboration

    ACE and the Association of College and University Educators have formed an important collaboration to provide professional development and support services to college instructors, with a focus on current and future college faculty whose primary responsibility is to teach or support instruction.

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    Undergraduate Enrollment in Degree-Granting Institutions, by Race/Ethnicity (1976 to 2010)

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

  • At Home in the World Toolkit

    ACE's At Home in the World Toolkit highlights collaborative work with 8 institutions to advance new analytical frameworks, enhance pedagogy, and develop innovative ways of fostering collaboration between internationalization and diversity/multicultural education on campus.

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    October 15, 2018

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    Don't Miss Your Chance for the 2019-20 Class of Fellows

    Apply, nominate, or become a mentor now for the 2019-20 ACE Class of Fellows before the Nov. 2 deadline. This unique program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year to prepare senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities.

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    August 13, 2018

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    Fellows Kick Off a Year of Work at Opening Retreat

    In Richmond last week on the historic public research campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, the 2018-19 class of the ACE Fellows gathered for their Opening Retreat.

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    August 1, 2018


    ACE Convenes Group of Community College Leaders to Discuss Student Success and Completion

    ACE convened a working group of prominent community college scholars and leaders at its offices in Washington, DC, July 30, leading to an enlightening and robust discussion of innovative strategies aimed at improving student access and completion.

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    July 25, 2018

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    July Leadership Academy for Department Chairs Meets

    Higher education experts met with department chairs last week to close out the Leadership Academy for Department Chairs as it is currently designed, but department chairs will remain integral participants in the new ACE Leadership initiative, including via the online platform and regional summit programming.

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    June 18, 2018

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    Building the Foundations for the 2018-19 ACE Fellows Class

    Last week in Washington, DC, the 2018-19 class of the ACE Fellows Program met for orientation. The cohort members began building relationships that will sustain them throughout the year and laid foundations to maximize their learning.

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    April 30, 2018


    Final ACE Advancing to the Presidency Workshop Gathers in Washington

    Last week in Washington, senior higher education administrators considering taking the next step in their careers gathered for ACE’s final Advancing to the Presidency workshop.

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    April 23, 2018

    ACE Leadership Academy to Help Department Chairs Advance the Academic and Institutional Mission

    Register now for the July 17 ACE Leadership Academy for Department Chairs in Alexandria, VA. Department chairs, division heads, program directors, and unit leaders will gather for this 2-day workshop that focuses on the chair as a unit leader and as an academic leader in service to the institution and its mission.

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    April 2, 2018

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    Calling All New CAOs

    The ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers helps provosts within their first three years of service transition into the role and gain skills to achieve long-term success. Apply now for the 2018-19 cohort.

  • March 21, 2018

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    ACE Names 45 Emerging Higher Education Leaders to ACE Fellows Program

    ACE has selected 45 emerging college and university leaders for the 2018-19 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the longest-running leadership development program in the United States.

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    August 9, 2017

    Advancing to the CAO

    Last Chance to Apply for ACE's Advancing to the Chief Academic Office Workshop

    ​The application is now open for a new ACE Leadership program, Advancing to the Chief Academic Office, designed specifically for mid-career administrators who will be seeking a CAO position within the next two years.

ACE Related Programs and Initiatives

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ACE Fellows Program

The ACE Fellows Program helps ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions.

Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership

This collaborative, multi-association initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in higher education through programs, research, and resources.

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

Alfred P. Sloan Projects for Faculty Career Flexibility

This series of projects highlights and rewards institutions that effectively recruit, retain, and advance faculty in their careers as a means of developing institutional capacity.

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Presidential Roundtables

Roundtable conversations among presidents, leaders and experts which explore a set of pressing higher education issues.

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National Challenge for Higher Education: Retaining a 21st Century Workforce

A campaign to increase the awareness of the positive benefits of workplace flexibility for institutions and their faculties.