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Master Classes (pre-meeting)

Saturday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exclusively for senior leaders. Engaging, interactive scholar expert classes focused on leadership skill development and pressing higher education issues (three hours).

Parents’ Changing Views: Life After High School

With speaker: Kevin Fudge, Director of Advocacy, American Student Assistance

Is there a disconnect between how higher education senior leaders view higher education and how students and parents view it?  How will the current debate about traditional college vs. skills-based education and credential-stacking affect college attendance decisions?  Based on the results of American Student Assistance’s nationwide survey of parental views of college, this class will examine middle-class parents’ decision-making factors for their child’s education after high school and how their attitudes shift based on finances and age of children. Participants will explore the ways their institution can adapt practices, policies, and communications to better meet the needs and interests of parents.

Up and Running – Creating a Program to “Grow Your Own” Leaders

With speakers: Judith Gay, Vice President and Chief of Staff, Community College of Philadelphia (PA) and Susan Tobia, Assistant Vice President (retired), Community College of Philadelphia (PA)

The 21st century challenges facing higher education require preparation for leadership at all levels of an institution. This session demonstrates one institution’s approach to developing the leadership skills needed to carry out the college mission and values regarding access and success. Finding it difficult to support sending multiple faculty or staff to external leadership opportunities, the institution took an innovative step and created its own leadership program. In this class, participants will learn the basics of creating an affordable and effective leadership program to meet institutional needs.

Leadership Voice: Communications Practices that Increase Influence, Spark Change, and Fuel Momentum

With speaker: Lisa Rudgers, Partner and Co-Founder, Peterson Rudgers Group

Higher education leaders today are grappling with a sector that continues to feel pressure and disruption from every direction. The role of the leader—and the leadership voice—in this environment is critical to institutional success. This interactive master class will teach leaders how to: articulate an inspiring vision that builds pride and motivates the campus community to act; use communications and campus engagement in a smart, sophisticated way to enable significant institutional change; and develop leadership voice to build external visibility and stakeholder support for the institution and its strategic priorities.

Space in these classes is limited to 30 participants and only available to ACE2019 registrants – they will fill up quickly! Please register for these classes as part of your ACE2019 registration. Already registered? Log back in and add to your existing registration!


  • Member: $285
  • Nonmember: $325

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