We offer a number of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on CCCU campuses, including a variety of leadership development programs, the New Faculty Institute, New Presidents Institute, Governance Institute, and Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education.

Leadership Development Institutes

We have offered Leadership Development Institutes every June since 1998 with the goal of equipping and encouraging individuals identified as having potential for future senior-level administrative leadership in Christian higher education—especially women and leaders of color. Each institute includes a personalized year-long development and mentoring program for every participant. Of the nearly 500 leaders who have participated in these institutes, more than 50 have moved into cabinet-level positions, including 32 provosts and 12 presidents.

Upcoming Institute:

Upcoming Executive Women Leaders’ Retreat:

  • Effectiveness in Leadership: Strengthening the Inner Life of the Executive Leader
    Amid the added pressures and demands that all leaders have faced over the past two years, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities invites women presidents and chief academic officers to set aside the dates of June 9-13, 2022 to focus on rest and renewal of body, mind, and spirit, and to connect with Christ and colleagues in meaningful ways. The main “agenda” of each day is to offer a time for renewal, building life-giving relationships, and providing opportunities to hear God speak through reflection, solitude, and Spirit-led guided sessions. Current issues facing today’s higher education leaders will be the focus of informal guided evening discussion sessions.

Previous Institutes:

  • Leadership Development Institute (LDI) | This mixed-gender institute provides training for emerging leaders from all CCCU campuses.  It will next be offered in 2021.
  • Women’s Leadership Development Institute (WLDI) | This institute offers development to women leaders from all CCCU campuses.  It will next be offered in 2021.
  • Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) | This institute provides training to both women and men who have completed a previous leadership institute or who are in an advanced leadership role within their institution.
  • Women’s Advanced Leadership Institute (WALI) | This institute provides training to women who have completed a previous leadership institute or who are in an advanced leadership role within their institution.


Advancing Women in Leadership

Over the decades and across most sectors of societies worldwide, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in senior-level leadership roles. Recognizing the ongoing need to support the professional advancement of more women into leadership, the CCCU appointed a designated task force to oversee the Advancing Women in Leadership conference, which was first hosted in 2016 and is now held annually each March.

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Position Specific Institutes

  • New Faculty Institute | Held annually, our New Faculty Institute offers new professors on our campuses the opportunity to grow as Christian teachers and scholars and to introduce them to the broader community of Christian higher education professionals.  The next NFI will take place June 3-6, 2019, Calvin College, MI.
  • New Presidents Institute | This three-day program provides an excellent orientation to newly elected presidents or those serving in interim presidential roles.
  • Governance Institute | This three-day summer program provides an opportunity for CCCU presidents and their board chairs to learn together, alongside peers from a number of other institutions, about best practices in governance specifically for Christian colleges and universities. The program allows the president and board chair to learn good governance principles, to understand the unique yet complimentary roles each plays in the continued health of their home campus, to deepen their personal relationship so they can work together well, and to develop specific ideas for follow-up when they return to their home campus.

Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education

Doctoral education is growing in the CCCU. At least forty CCCU member schools now offer at least one doctoral program, and within these schools, there are over ninety doctoral programs offered. Many program directors, however, find challenges in helping their institutions understand the unique nature and needs of doctoral-level education. In September, 2015, the first CCCU doctoral education forum, “Doctoral Programs in the CCCU: Conversation and Collaboration,” was held at Azusa Pacific University. The event was developed by doctoral program directors from three CCCU member schools (APU, Biola, and Trinity International). Those who attended expressed strong support for seeing the interaction continue, both through future forums and resource sharing. This has led to our proposal to establish a new CCCU Council for Collaboration in Doctoral Education.

For more information and resources, please visit the doctoral education Resource Portal.

Council for Library Leadership

The purpose of the Council for Library Leadership is to foster the development of strong libraries and library leadership in the CCCU by promoting collaboration among library leaders, provosts and vice presidents of academic affairs, faculty and other stakeholders in the work of libraries.

For more information and resources, please visit the library Resource Portal.