The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium announced that 41 Fellows have completed its fourth Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy at Asbury University.
The Academic Leadership Academy is a presidential initiative, led by the 12 presidents represented in the consortium, to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass Region. A total of 175 Fellows have now completed the program in four years.
The purpose of the academy is to encourage faculty and staff to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership to ensure a sound and successful future for their institution and the Bluegrass Region. The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and the Academic Leadership Academy is managed by Bluegrass Tomorrow.
Forty-one faculty and professional staff from nine Kentucky colleges and universities completed the curriculum as fellows in the Class of 2017 including: Annie Adams, Christina Conroy, Dirk Grupe, Nilesh Joshi, Scott Niles, Julie Harp Rutland, Jennifer Tison and Denise Watkins of Morehead State University.
The fellows participate in two full-days of training where university presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans and other key leaders present keynote addresses, panels and workshops. The final session was highlighted by keynote presentations by President John Marsden of Midway University, President Sandra Gray of Asbury University, and Aaron Thompson, vice president at the Council on Postsecondary Education, and former interim president of Kentucky State University.
Fellows also complete a research project for their specific institution between the spring and fall sessions. Completed Campus Projects were presented in four concurrent sessions at the final session at Asbury.
Morehead State completed three fellow projects: Measuring the Impact of Early College Courses and First Year Seminar on Student Success, The Challenges and Rewards of Peer Mentoring Programs, and Rightsizing Athletics in the Age of Performance Funding.
Other projects presented were: Deposited Student Day focused on finalizing enrollment at Asbury University, Recognizing and Supporting Faculty Scholarship at Berea College, Approaches for an Integrated New Student Experience at BCTC, Investigating Service Responsibilities and Gender at Centre College, Best Practices for Student Recruitment Strategies at Eastern Kentucky University,
Faculty Work-Life Policies and Practices at the University of Kentucky, Improving Campus Learning Spaces at Midway University, Efforts to Improve Retention for Non-Traditional Students at Sullivan University and Speaking the Same Language: Faculty/Staff Training on Vocational Conversations with Students.