About the Advanced Academy

About the Advanced Academy

The Advanced Academy builds and expands on prior leadership training, knowledge, and experience, helping higher education leaders become more effective as change agents and system influencers. Taking a more global look at higher education, the Academy converges theoretical research and discoveries, practical experience and discussions, and surveys and case studies to accelerate credibility and enhance leadership capacity. Participants explore and apply strategies that inspire trust, confront bias, establish team resilience, and align vision to reality so they lead with integrity and create an inclusive organizational culture.

Based on the concept of training and development over time, the Advanced Academy consists of two, 3-day residential training platforms, scheduled a year apart, identified as Session One and Two. Participants complete a year-long practicum project between training sessions, supported and guided by Academy facilitators and coaching conversations, self-selected mentors, webinars, and program resources.

Who Should Attend the Advanced Academy

The Advanced Academy is intended for mid-to-senior leaders in higher education, as the content and curriculum is designed for established and experienced leaders looking for their next step in professional development. This program extends prior knowledge and skill sets, providing specialized training for those who may aspire to administrative or executive-level positions in higher education settings.

Graduates of the Foundation Leadership Academy are encouraged to attend. The Advanced Program does not require completion of the Foundation Program as a prerequisite, but it does build on its content, competencies, and principles. 

Features and Design

The Advanced Academy is learner-centered and designed to help leaders think big and adapt quickly, develop and execute strategy, coach and improve performance, and reframe situations for better decision making. Participants are actively involved in discussion groups, situational experiments, and development outcomes, with meaningful opportunities to reflect on, clarify, and debate issues relevant to the dynamics of higher education and organizational culture.

Feature and design criteria incorporated throughout the program:

• Active and engaged participant contribution
• Meaningful, thought-provoking, and relevant curriculum and case studies
• Practical and applicable strategies, resources, and projects for continuous learning
• Measurable development outcomes

Advanced Academy outcomes:

• Apply theoretical knowledge, practical experience, defined contributions, and
  collective stories and case studies to accelerate credibility as a leader and build
  confidence in leadership capacity.

• Implement the 4 Essential Roles of Leadership:

• Create conditions that inspire trust,
• Craft a compelling vision and strategy,
• Align core systems to execute strategy, and
• Help team members reach their full potential through regular coaching and feedback.

• Live and lead with integrity by establishing leadership values that align with
  organizational values, address unconscious bias, and understand emotional intelligence mindsets.

• Intentionally establish an engaged culture, focused on meaningful teamwork in an environment of trust.

• Explore and develop innovative and optimistic perspectives and techniques that help leaders
  reframe situations to find clarity and meaning amid intricate and perplexing issues within
  their teams and higher education organizations.

• Examine the variables associated with decision making and evaluate the environmental
  factors that influence our decisions and team decisions. 

Participants and facilitators work together in community with a defined set of guiding principles, practices, and values to create a shared cohort vision for desired objectives, learning opportunities, and meaningful results.

All program facilitators are practitioners in the field of higher education. They are Academy certified, with annual specialized program training.

Academy facilitators work collectively and independently with participants to establish an inclusive and trusting culture that encourages authentic communication and inquiry to promote innovation, experimentation, discovery, and reflection that influences and impacts positive change.

Advanced Academy participants establish a network of colleagues across the global spectrum of higher education. These relationships build the cohort’s community of leadership, informing, supporting, and strengthening their creative thinking and visioning process to continuously engage participants throughout the Academy year

Advanced Academy Practicum Components

Practicum Project
Participants engage in an independent project, incorporating the strategies, resources, and learning from program concepts, materials, and activities for deeper personal and team application and execution. The goal of the practicum project is to make an immediate impact by creating a timeline for putting learning into action.

Participants identify a current or upcoming team project, challenge, or change process they are leading or will lead, and implement personal and team action items to improve leadership effectiveness and influence alignment, cohesion, creativity, clarity, and communication within a team environment.

Assessments, Documents, and Reports
As participants work through the Academy Program and Practicum, they complete a series of assessments, documents, and reports to help identify their strengths, discoveries, reflections, and the impact of individual leadership goals, as well as illustrate the progress, success, and challenges of their team’s project or process.

Mentoring and Coaching 
Participants self-select an internal and/or external mentor who will provide support, guidance, and feedback during the practicum year. The Academy provides a mentor guidebook for review and reflection.

Academy facilitators serve as coaches during the Academy year to offer support, guidance, feedback, and resources. Coaching conversations and check-ins are scheduled to meet to the needs of participants.

Reflective Practice and Journaling 
During the practicum experience, participants are encouraged to actively reflect on their leadership journey. Reflective practice establishes a benchmark journal, whether written or in thought, providing insight into what is learned from experiences, successes, and failures. The information gained helps leaders focus on and plan for what they will do moving forward.

Resources for Connection and Ongoing Learning
Participants are encouraged to remain engaged with the Academy’s leadership community and social media platforms. Cohort webinars are available, as well as daily resources through the Academy’s blog “WhatAboutLeadership” and FranklinCovey’s “All Access Pass.”

Academy for Advanced Leadership Certificate of Completion 
Graduates of the Advanced Academy are presented with a framed “Certificate of Completion” and Advanced Academy pin. This recognition celebrates intentional and successful attainment of the Advanced Program curriculum, practicum, and competencies.

Academy Costs

This Academy Program includes two residential sessions, approximately one year apart.

Total Academy Program Cost: $3,800.00* (USD)
*Costs listed below are approximates, dependent upon location, venue, and food packages.

Session Part 1:  $2,800.00* (USD)
Program Costs:

  • • Professional facilitation team and coaches
  • • All Academy curriculum, resources, materials, and online forums
  • • Academy liaison to provide assistance during the year
  • • Academy certificate

Food and Administrative Costs:

  • • Daily lunches and breaks
  • • One dinner
  • • Venue and administrative charges

Session Part 2 - $ 1,000.00* (USD)
Food and Administrative Costs:

  • • Daily lunches and breaks
  • • One dinner
  • • Venue and administrative charges

    • Additional costs for travel, lodging, and food (outside of package) are the responsibility of each participant.
    • Customized Academy schedules have different costs associated with each program.

Program Topics

PART 1, Residential Session Topics

  • • How Can I Be A More Effective Leader?
  • • Leading with Integrity
  • • Inspire Trust
  • • Create Vision
  • • Reframing Organizations
  • • Art of Decision Making
  • • Practicum Project and Expectations
  • • Recognizing Accomplishments


PART 2, Residential Session Topics

  • • 4 Essential Roles of Leadership
  • • Unconscious Bias
  • • Agile EQ
  • • Executing Strategy
  • • Coaching for Potential
  • • Building a Culture of Leadership
  • • Investing in the Future
  • • Celebrating Excellence

Program Competencies

The Advanced Academy Competencies are aligned with the Competencies for Community College Leaders developed by the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.

1.  Recognize the unique talents of team members and work to align roles, responsibilities, and expectations so that they can use their talents in pursuit of individual, team, and organizational goals

2.  Create a spirit of community by celebrating the values and victories of individuals and the team

3.  Inspire others by relating to them in ways which energize and uplift them

4.  Identify, equip, coach, and mentor the leaders around me for sustained success and succession planning

5.  Understand, appreciate and value diversity and inclusion

6.  Engage in constructive dialogue

7.  Challenge assumptions

8.  Create and maintain a climate of teamwork and trust through open and honest communication

9.  Resolve difficult moral dilemmas by understanding and considering varying perspectives diversity

10. Engage in ethical behavior

11. Respect and value differences

12. Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust

13. Engage in reflective practice to better learn and grow as a leader

14. Strengthen others by sharing power, discretion, authority, and information

15. Forward-looking, regarding the potential benefits and uses of technology to connect individuals and teams for increased access, engagement, and assessment of organizational and learning outcomes

16. Identify, access, and manage risks and opportunities individually and throughout my organization so that I efficiently and effectively use my organization’s resources

17. Recognize leadership at all levels and constituencies within the organization, and work to develop leaders within my organization

18. Make teamwork, trust, and empowerment essential elements of leadership

19. Explore the enterprise of education

20. Develop employees and staff through succession planning and professional development opportunities

21. Embrace change

22. Enhance the opportunity for personal and professional growth to facilitate success



Historical Academy Class Pages

A historical archive of Academy Programs. If you are looking for specific info that cannot be found on the link, please email the Academy at leadership@chaireacademy.com.

If you are looking for an Academy Class Page prior to 2013-2014, Contact the Academy at leadership@chairacademy.com, and request the link. We will be glad to send it to you.


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— 2016-2017 —

New York



— 2015-2016 —

British Columbia






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— 2013-2014 —

New York



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