Leadership Academy

Date: Official Program Kickoff - Wednesday, October 16 to Friday, October 18, 2019

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY

NAGAP is excited to offer graduate enrollment management (GEM) professionals an intensive leadership development experience that includes cohesive, experiential training which integrates GEM-focused education with experience, feedback, and coaching. These elements complement and extend the participants’ learning beyond the facilitated classroom sessions so they can immediately apply lessons learned on their campuses. 

The Leadership Academy is made possible by support from:

The application deadline for the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy has passed. More information on future cohorts will be provided in 2020. 

What You Will Learn
The NAGAP Leadership Academy is a multi-component, six-month program. Two in-person seminars, accompanied by monthly webinars, leadership assessments, and coaching, all culminating with a capstone project, are part of the leadership development journey. The basic program outline and components are summarized below:

Program Layout

This six-month program incorporates the following components:

 Learning Sessions - Facilitated seminars are highly experiential sessions that encourage program participants to make the connections between classroom learning and the business context in which they operate. The initial face-to-face meeting takes place October 16-18, 2019, at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, New York. The program focuses on exposing participants to contemporary and practical leadership concepts and tools. 

 Webinars - NAGAP hosts monthly webinars (for duration of program) to reinforce leadership skills that either introduce concepts related to a classroom session or bring participants together to partner on an exercise related to in-class learning. Sessions are 60-90 minutes and are interactive in nature. 

 Communities of Practice - Participants utilize a learning management system to connect outside of class time. The portal allows members to form communities of practice around program topics to they can easily engage with one another to explore ideas and share best practices. 

 Assessments & Coaching - Enhancing self-awareness and identifying areas for focused development are paramount to leadership development. NAGAP provides the feedback attendees need to help them grow as leaders. Participants have access to leadership coaches to help them explore development areas and set targeted goals. 

 Capstone Project - Leadership requires action. This project-based work gives participants the opportunity to move beyond learning about leadership to applying what they have learned to a challenge or opportunity on their campuses. 

Application Process & Program Fee

The Leadership Academy application final deadline for the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy was August 5, 2019.

Cost for the six-month program: $3,500 for NAGAP members; $4,500 for non-NAGAP members

  • If there are multiple applicants from the same institution who plan to participate, contact NAGAP for additional pricing information. 

Travel and lodging responsibility of participant.

In order to participate, potential candidates will complete an application that includes several career-related questions, a recommendation (submitted electronically), and current CV/résumé. Once approved, participants will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit ($875 or $1,125) to secure their spot, with the remaining balance due prior to the start of the October 16-18, 2019 seminar.

Non-Refundable Deposit Due: August 15 ($875 for members, $1,125 for non-members)

Full Payment Due: No later than October 1, 2019

See our FAQs page for more payment details. 


Thanks to the generosity of our partners, NAGAP is able to provide several fellowship opportunities to Leadership Academy participants. 

ETS GRE Holistic Admissions Award   Liaison Fellowship Award
Awards: ETS is providing two (2) 50% fellowships for participants in the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy.   Awards: Liaison is providing one full fellowship or two 50% fellowships for participants in the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy.
Eligibility: Applicants must be accepted to participate in the Leadership Academy and will be expected to articulate how they will use the Academy and/or their capstone projects to further support and advocate for holistic admissions on their campuses.   Eligibility: Applicants must be accepted to participate in the Leadership Academy and will be expected to articulate how they will use the Academy and/or their capstone projects to improve the application and enrollment process for graduate students on their campuses.
Deadline: August 14, 2019   Deadline: August 14, 2019
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Lodging for October 2019 Seminar

The 2019 Leadership Academy Seminar will take place October 16-18 at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York. Teachers College offers several preferred hotels and as well as on-campus options. This website provides details regarding on-campus housing and hotel options, parking, and nearby restaurants. For hotel reservations, contact the individual listed at the hotel, include your arrival/departure dates, and request the Teachers College hotel rate.