Academic Leaders Executive Training & Certification

Growing Leaders for a Growing Movement

The chief academic officer (CAO) bears an unsurpassed responsibility for the flourishing and mission fulfillment of the institution.  Clarify your roles and responsibilities and sharpen the edge of your leadership through the engagement with distinguished academic leaders.

Academic Leaders Training Program Curriculum

The seven areas of training outlined below form the structure for this executive training program, specifically designed to prepare Chief Academic Officers to serve with greater competency and expanded capacity. The bullets under each section identify the various presentations that will be offered over a two year cycle, delivered during Fall conferences and the Annual Meetings – a total of over 35 different workshops as part of the training program.


Effective Leadership of the Educational Enterprise

  • The Essential Roles & Responsibilities of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO)
  • Key Performance Indicators for Effective Academic Leadership
  • Financial Management of Academic Programs
  • Crafting Clear & Essential Academic Policies
  • Basic Principles of Conflict Resolution & HR Effectiveness
  • Effective Leadership of Academic Sales & Marketing
  • Principles of Academic Facility, IT Design & Construction


Effective Leadership of the Faculty

  • Faculty Recruiting & Professional Development
  • Faculty Evaluation, Promotion, & Transition
  • Leading Effective Faculty Meetings
  • Faculty Organization & Governance
  • Empowering Meaningful Faculty-Student Relations
  • Academic Freedom & Responsibility
  • The Key Features & Policies of an Exemplary Faculty Handbook


CAO & Presidential Partnership

  • Leading from the 2nd Chair – Roles, Responsibilities, Risks & Rewards
  • Executive Team Synergy – A Dynamic Partnership
  • Reporting & Accountability – to the President/Board/Faculty/Staff/Public
  • Crafting a Vision for World-Class Educational Programs
  • Cultivating a Christ-Centered, Transformational, Missional & Faith/Learning Community
  • Setting & Achieving Superior Academic Standards


Curriculum Evaluation & Development

  • Understanding Learning Objectives & Curriculum Design
  • Crafting a Professional Course Syllabi
  • Teaching the Adult Learner – Principles of Pedagogy & Androgogy
  • Creating & Delivering World-Class Online Degree Programs
  • Creative Teaching Methodologies
  • Learning Theory, Styles & Current Brain Research
  • Reaching the Under-Prepared, Learning-Challenged Student


Assessment & Outcomes

  • Understanding the Nature & Purpose of an Effective Assessment System
  • Designing & Managing a Comprehensive Assessment System
  • Mining Institutional Data for Assessment Insight
  • Integrating Assessment into the Institutional Planning Process
  • Effective Assessment for On-line Educational Programs


Learning Resources

  • Essential Principles of Effective Library Oversight
  • Building a World-Class Learning Center for the Campus Community
  • Providing Excellent Learning Resources for Distance Education
  • Evaluation of Print, Digital & Media Learning Resources
  • The Power & Potential of Learning Resources Networks
  • Insights on Learning Center Design & Construction


Faith & Culture

  • Keeping Your Faculty Culturally Relevant
  • Grasping the Implications of Generational Distinctives
  • Graceful Leadership in Cultural Crosswinds – Ethnic Diversity, Gender Identity, etc.
  • Balancing Fidelity to Faith Traditions with Academic Freedom

Executive Training and Certification Program


  • $100

100 Points Required to Complete the Certification Program 

  • Program to be delivered over two years
  • May be entered into at any time
  • Total of 4 events to include 8 presentations during each 2-Day Conference/Annual Meeting
  • Total of 32 presentations plus other electives during Annual Meeting
  • 1 1/2 Day Training Conference – Onsite – 15 points | Virtual 10 points
  • 2-Day Training Conference – Onsite – 20 points | Virtual 15 points
  • 2-Day Training [Thursday & Friday] During Annual Meeting – 20 points 
  • 1-Day Training During Annual Meeting Wednesday Forum – 10 points 
  • Personal Assessment and Development Plan – 10 points 
  • Personal Engagement in Position for 3 years and supervisor evaluation – 10 points

Program Coordinators

David MeddersDavid Medders
Executive Vice President