A New COACHE Benefit: Leadership Development in the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

by Kiernan Mathews

A group of adults taking notes in a classI am pleased to make this special announcement about a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) collaboration that many of friends at member institutions have noted is long overdue.

Starting this year, two of HGSE's most trusted names--COACHE and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE)--are working together to provide more and better leadership development options to the network of COACHE institutions. What's more, COACHE members now save up to $1,000 on HIHE tuition--if you apply for the summer programs by Friday, February 12.

Here's how it works.

  • If your institution is a current or committed COACHE member (enrolled in 2013-14 or later), one person from your "COACHE team" may apply to HIHE programs at a reduced COACHE rate.
  • You can send as many people as you like, of course, but only one attendee gets the COACHE scholarship. That person just has to select the "COACHE member" option in the HIHE application.
  • The tuition reduction amounts to $1,000 for the MDP, MLE, and IEM programs this summer, and $250 for the Women in Education Leadership program in March.
  • While that person and any others from your team are in Cambridge, COACHE will offer them additional programming related to our focus on faculty. Depending on the Institute timing and length, this engagement could be a one-on-one briefing, "sandbox sessions," or a networking dinner. Our team will help your team apply what they are learning in the Institutes to their COACHE work in faculty affairs. 

Who qualifies as a member of your "COACHE team"? This is usually an academic affairs administrator, faculty leader, or other faculty data strategist who is familiar with the work of our project on your campus. You won't be required to engage with COACHE while at the Institute, but we will certainly encourage you to do so.

If you are not yet familiar with the Harvard Institutes, I urge you to attend their webinar on January 27--their last webinar before the February 12 application deadline.

To be clear: COACHE is replacing the Leaders Workshop with this new developmental approach. As "COACHE work" has evolved from data literacy to a leadership competency, our workshop goals have also changed. Recent agendas read like a page out of the HIHE playbook: applying ways of knowing, theoretical frameworks, and critical lenses to the toughest challenges we face in higher ed leadership. (Prior COACHE workshop agendas and notes are available here on our website.) So now, we are inviting you to get your leadership development and personal renewal from HIHE--whether in a shorter or longer Institute--because while you are here, we can enhance that experience through your relationship with COACHE.

This year's joint venture with HIHE is just the beginning. I am working with my colleagues here at HGSE on new offerings (of various lengths) targeted at the academic affairs leaders who make up the COACHE family.

You can probably tell that I am enthusiastic about this news, but if I haven't answered all of your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us


Kiernan Mathews, Ed.D.
Director & Principal Investigator

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