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Class Syllabus

Tentative Projects
Topics addressed in the M&LI include institutional structure and mission, the national and institutional challenges facing higher education, leadership theories and concepts, formal and informal leadership roles and responsibilities, finance and budgeting models and practices, higher education law and regulation, disciplinary and institutional cultures, decision-making, leadership communication, conflict resolution, accreditation and leadership tools related to organizational assessment, planning, change, metrics and self-assessment.

Themes and Course Content
Themes include institutional structure and missions, organizational dynamics, leadership theories and concepts, formal and informal leadership roles and responsibilities, disciplinary and institutional cultures, decision-making, internal and external communication, the influence of multiple stakeholders and the leader’s role in organizational planning and change. The M&LI will draw on the knowledge and experiences of presidents and leaders from each of our nine campuses with additional input from state leadership and national higher education leaders. Meetings will be scheduled all day Tuesday and will conclude on Wednesday afternoons.

System Issue Group Projects
Three groups of six participants will work together to study, evaluate and address a system-wide issue with a goal of scheduling a presentation opportunity before the UL System Presidents’ Council. All projects will address a significant area of need and will aim to strengthen and advance the UL System. The projects are intended to provide a context for applying and furthering the development of leadership competencies, while contributing meaningfully to significant needs of our institutions.Throughout the year, each working group will meet to indentify feasible and efficient solutions, brainstorm, research, and evaluate possible resolutions and prepare presentations summarizing their process and conclusions to be shared at the Institute’s final meeting.

Job Shadowing and Mentoring
Participants gain valuable work experience at their home institution or other institutions within the System by partnering with a mentor. This approach gives participants access to high-level leaders who can provide unique and valuable insight and experience. Specific job shadowing and mentoring activities are expected of all participants, to be scheduled and completed between September and March.

Required Reading
The M&LI reading list will include eight selections that explore various aspects of leadership development and effectiveness. Each Tuesday’s schedule will conclude with a dinner incorporating a facilitated group discussion of that session’s assigned book.


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