Branch Campus Leadership Institute

The Branch Campus Leadership Institute (BCLI) brings the expertise of national administrators in off-campus locations to those wanting to enter, serve, and advance in the profession. Utilizing core competencies for leaders from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Community Colleges that have been adapted and tailored specifically for remote location administrators, participants will have the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge that will help them perform more effectively in their present positions and compete for future positions. Institute participants will develop a greater appreciation for the multiple roles of the branch administrator in the community they serve and the varied responsibilities at their institution. 

Upon successful completion of the Branch Campus Leadership Institute, students will receive a certificate of completion from the National Association of Branch Campus Administration. Participant case studies will be presented by videoconference or in person during a General Conference session on Wednesday as well as by poster sessions during the evening reception on Wednesday. The Orientation and Graduation are held on Conference Wednesday in April of each year. Videoconference Sessions are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of the month from May through March from Noon-3:00pm Eastern Time (Field-Trip Assignment in December).

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The NABCA Branch Campus Leadership Institute was recognized by American Society of American Executives (ASAE) as a 2020 Silver Award Winner. 

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Program Expense

The Branch Campus Leadership Institute program is $1,850 per participant ($750 application fee; $1100 balance). This covers all expenses for speakers, facilitator, 1-year Membership for each participant, meals provided in April (for those attending in person), textbook, materials, and all associated expenses. Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel and lodging expenses if he or she chooses to attend the Opening and Closing sessions at the Annual Conference.

Conference attendance is optional and not included with program fee.

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Class Session Topics and Schedule

All BCLI Sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 12:00pm-3:00pm Eastern, via videoconference

  • April  Orientation Session and Lunch: Conference Wednesday 8:00-12:00pm Local Conference Time (or by videoconference)
  • May   Session 1: You As A Leader
  • June  Session 2: Leadership & Your Career
  • July   Session 3: Off-Site Locations
  • August  Session 4: Resource Management
  • September  Session 5: Visioning & Perspective
  • October  Session 6: Cultivating Personnel
  • November  Session 7: The Student Experience
  • December  No Session, Consultation Visit
  • January  Session 8: Media Relations & Communication Skills
  • February  Session 9: Equity & Inclusion
  • March  Session 10: Collaboration & Advocacy
  • April Presentations and Graduation: Conference Wednesday 12:00am-3:00pm Local Conference Time (or by videoconference)