Branch Campus Leadership Institute VII (2024-2025)

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Branch Campus Leadership Institute!

CLICK HERE for an application! Space is limited, so don't delay ... apply today!

What is BCLI?

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, the Branch Campus Leadership Institute helps attendees gain the leadership knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on higher education.

The Leadership program provided through the Branch Campus Leadership Institute is an eight month program conducted via Zoom that culminates with a Capstone presentation given at the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) annual conference in Spring 2025 (date and location TBA).  The capstone project brings to bear the analytic abilities, professional understanding, and contextual knowledge accrued and sharpened throughout the program and closely mirrors the challenges found in modern-day higher education.

Program Highlights: BCLI VII will kick off in August with a brief Orientation.  Regular sessions will follow once a month for seven consecutive months from September 2024 through March 2025 from 12:30p.m. - 5p.m. ET. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  The program will conclude with presentations of their Capstone Case Study at the annual conference. Each attendee with be assigned a mentor to help guide them through the process and aid them in selecting an appropriate topic for their Capstone Case Study. (NOTE: Conference registration and travel costs are not included in the price of tuition and are the responsibility of each participant and his/her institution. Participants must attend the conference and present their capstone project in-person in order to successfully complete the program.)

The application period is NOW OPEN for the cohort to begin in August 2024. CLICK HERE for a copy of the application. Once completed, email your application to

Program Expense

Branch Campus Leadership Institute Cost:

         $1150.00 (NABCA Members)  

         $1450.00 (Non-Members)

Participants will be required to present their Capstone Project as part the 2025 Annual Conference. Conference registration  and travel expenses are not included in the BCLI program fee and are the responsibility of each participant and his/her institution.

Attendance at the 2025 Conference (date/location TBA) is required as part of the BCLI experience. Those who are unable to attend the conference and present in-person will be unable to successfully complete the program.

2024 - 2025 SPEAKERS INCLUDE...

Dr. Susan Elkins - Chancellor, Palmetto College, SC

Dr. Cyndee Perdue Moore - Executive Director of Public Relations and Communications, Clarke County School District

Dr. J. Gary Adcox - Vice President of Research, Pathways to Careers

Dr. Neil Scott - Vice Chancellor of Student Success, Alabama Community College System

Dr. Josh Duplantis - Dean, Workforce Development and Adult Education, Coastal Alabama Community College

Dr. Dan Silk - Associate Vice President for Public Safety, University of Georgia

Dr. Vicki Baker - Professor, Economics and Management; Director, Albion College Community Cooperative

Crystal Collins - CFO, Colorado Department of Higher Education

Class Session Topics





Institutional Populations, Structures, and Culture

Institutional Overview from the Presidential Perspective - Discussion on Issues of Establishing a Positive University Culture, Consolidation, Multi-Campus Operations – No One Left Out vs. One Campus Decides, Making A Difference, When the Interest of Students, Faculty, and Staff Collide, Understanding the Student Population, Balancing Academics and Administration, Higher Education as a Social Versus Individual Good, and the Ever Changing World of Higher Education.   


Community Engagement and Service Learning

Becoming a Good Community Partner, Student Engagement, Beneficial Civic Engagement, Community Advisory Committees


Government and Community Politics and Policies

Government and Community Relations, Taking Sides, Legislative Visits, Hosting Community Events, University System Office, Understanding the Impact of Your Words and Actions   


Leader Conversations and Capstone Case Study

Part 1: How and why to have the hard conversation, setting clear expectations and accountability. Part 2: Case Study issues, selecting a topic, research, presentation, Access Journal, mentor assignment.


Strategic Enrollment Management and Admissions Policies

How to Build a Class, Application to Graduation – Retention Issues, Completion Rates, Access, Types of Institutions (Highly Selective, Selective, Open Access), Outreach and Community Engagement, Special Considerations in Admissions


Ethical and Legal Issues

Current Higher Education ethical and legal issues. HBCU bomb threats, assault on and off-campus approved events and public safety, active shooter best practices, student safety issues, mental health and issues of privacy versus safety, see something – say something, ride share on campus, weapons on campus, free speech, and protest areas, outside/public access to common areas, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Higher Education Finance

State and Federal Funding, Title IV Federal Student Financial Assistance Program, GI Bill, Pell Grants, Fund Raising and Major Projects