Chief Academic Officers Innovation Community

Empowering Chief Academic Officers to lead Innovation 

The Chief Academic Officer is uniquely positioned to offer leadership and innovation. However, most chief academic officers are not formally prepared to launch innovations nor do they have a peer group to explore ideas. The continuing challenges of the pandemic, changing demographics, and decreasing enrollments have only exacerbated the need for Chief Academic Officers to drive innovation.

Chief academic officers need and deserve more peer-support, tools, networking, and professional development to help them rise to this task and to fulfill their potential for leadership. This community is an opportunity to transform how your institution responds to challenges and create better opportunities for your academic leadership teams to drive needed innovation.

Who Should Participate

  • Chief Academic Officers who are leading organizational change

  • Experienced or new Chief Academic Officers who want to focus on thier professional development

  • Chief Academic Officers who would like to use improvement science in driving innovation and change at their institution.

How You’ll Benefit

  • Meeting regularly with a cohort of your peers through a virtual year-long engagement

  • Improving your understanding of theories and practices of higher education innovation and change—and resistance to this

  • Developing a plan for significant innovation and implementation

  • Learning from the field-tested and refined content from two previous cohorts.

  •  Gaining a better understanding of what you encounter as you pursue educational innovation. 

Listen to an Information Session

Short-term investment towards lasting professional growth

Receive guidance, peer collaboration, and access to resources all designed to address the changing needs of institutional leadership. 

Key Features

The Community is designed to with both a virtual and in-person components to help create a community of peers to support each other through this work.


Meet your cohort in the Asheville, NC area spending two days focusing on your personal and professional development.

Learn from facilitators, peers, and past participants as you build your network and deepen your understanding of improvement science and change leadership.

Structured opportunities for participants to turn theory into practice by refining their meaning of innovation and developing ideas for their own institution.

  • Created a program to make “grassroots” innovation from faculty and staff part of a sustainable model of ongoing improvement. 
  • Designed a plan for more equitable grading practices across the institution. 
  • Designed a program that engages faculty, staff, and students in aligning the Liberal Arts and career readiness.
  • Built greater institutional capacity for innovation.
  • Developed useful key performance indicators to measure and drive progress through innovation
  • Lead change based on their philosophy of education.
  • Collaborated across institutions and built new transfer pathways for students in the region.
  • Redesigned systems to better support on-time graduation for new majority learners.
  • Designed a plan to increase international student enrollment and support.


$6,625 per person (excludes costs for travel and lodging for in-person meetings)

Fees for The Chief Academic Officers Innovation Community may be paid over two fiscal years.

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