CLA Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Chancellor's Leadership Academy?

The Academy is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of any emerging leader. Past classes have included faculty members, deans, college directors and student support professionals.

What makes the Academy different from other leadership seminars?

The Academy focuses specifically on leadership in community colleges, and introduces participants on a personal level to some of the most successful leaders in this sector of higher education. These distinguished guests serve as presenters, mentors, and discussion leaders and participants meet one-on-one with one of these luminaries in community college leadership. Each evening concludes with an informal give-and-take with a panel of the day's presenters.

What is the focus of the curriculum?

The Academy uses the six competencies of successful community college leaders identified by AACC through a Kellogg grant as the basis for its core curriculum. Sessions also cover Leading in a World of Change, Creating a Data-Informed Institutional Culture, and Leading through Innovation. Participants work in small teams to develop a position paper on a current issue facing community colleges and present their case to a panel of college leaders and board members. 

What does the $1,500 cost include?

The participation fee covers registration for the workshop, lodging at Branson's famous Big Cedar Lodge, meals, and workshop materials. Participants are responsible for travel to and from Big Cedar Lodge.

All meals and hotel accommodations are made for the participants. You will be staying in the Valley View Hotel on the Big Cedar Lodge campus.

What should I pack?

The Chancellor's Leadership Academy will begin on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 a.m. in Lakeview Room A on the Big Cedar Campus. It will end around 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

Dress will be business casual.

An Agenda will be provided once you arrive. It will be with the other materials such as your mentor assignment, etc.

Please bring a laptop.

Provided that the weather cooperates, there will be an evening that you will have dinner outdoors. You will want to make sure you have the appropriate outdoor apparel.