Middle Leadership Academy

2019-20 Academy Title Card

We are creating a space for evidence-based, collaborative learning and leadership development.

The Middle Leadership Academy is the professional learning arm of the CSU Student Success Network. Over the course of a year, the Academy brings together campus-based teams of CSU faculty, student affairs staff, researchers, and students in a collaborative and supportive environment to work on common issues related to student learning, engagement, progression and completion. The Academy is grounded in a problem-based learning model that motivates participants to “lead from the middle” as they explore and apply strategies to develop and implement on their campuses, with a focus on closing opportunity and outcomes gaps.

Teams of up to six participants from a CSU campus are partnered with a facilitator who helps guide the team and provides targeted support as they delve into an issue of equity on their campus.

At the end of the year-long institute, Middle Leadership Academy participants will be able to:

  1. Engage with existing research that explores the relationships between institutional needs, effective leadership, and student success;
  2. Apply research and evidence to make informed decisions that advance institutional change efforts;
  3. Strengthen the capacity to prioritize and lead departmental, institutional, and other changes through the process of evidence-based collaborative inquiry;
  4. Create and sustain professional relationships in which peers share ideas and strategize approaches around evidence-based leadership and institutional change;
  5. Develop leadership identity;
  6. Develop strategies to sustain and support leadership development; and
  7. Consider ways in which they and their institutions contribute to equity and inequity.

The 2019-20 Academy begins November 14.



Want to know more?

Watch presentations from previous Academy sessions

Dr. Tim Renick, Georgia State University, Atlanta Campus 2018-19 Middle Leadership Academy, March 7, 2019

(Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first minute of the video was not recorded.)

Cameron Gage Stevenson & Adam Petersen, CSU San Marcos 2017-18 Middle Leadership Academy, June 2, 2018

Professor Myra Snell, Los Medanos College & Professor Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College 2017-18 Middle Leadership Academy, February 3, 2018


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Contact: Bianca Mothe, Academy Director 


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