In order to remain viable and competitive, universities must continually invest in their faculty and staff. By leveraging resources and culling the expertise of its member institutions, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is able to offer professional development opportunities that are highly relevant and effective.

Established in 1989, ALP was created to specifically orient select talented and diverse faculty to the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. This intensive professional development experience further develops their ability to be effective academic leaders at all levels of research universities. Since its inception over 2,000 participants have completed the program. Many of whom have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts, and deans.

Program Details 

ALP is a year-long extensive leadership development program. The program is comprised of one virtual orientation session, two three-day campus-based seminars, two one-day synchronous online interactive sessions, and five debrief sessions. The in-person seminars are rotate among the Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. ALP Fellows also participate in on-campus activities throughout the academic year that varies by institution. 

The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them. For further detail, see the  ALP Goals and Objectives.

Who Should Attend

Each member institution establishes its own recruitment and selection process for identifying five to six Fellows to participate in the program each year. Fellows are faculty or select executive-level professional staff that are recognized as emerging academic leaders. Fellows are appointed for terms of one year and are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the Program.