Leadership Academy

Date: Official Program Kickoff - September 22-24, 2021

Location: Boston College - Boston, MA 

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:


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 will take place in September 22-24, 2021, at Boston College. 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 2021-2022 Leadership Academy is August 11, 2021. 

Cost for the six-month program: $3,500

  • If there are multiple applicants from the same institution who plan to participate, NAGAP will provide the following discounts:
    • 10% discount on application fee for each person for two applicants
    • 15% discount on application fee for each person for three or more applicants

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 Fall 2021 seminar.

Full Payment Due: No later than September 21, 2021.

See our FAQs page for more payment details. 


Thanks to the generous support of Liaison, NAGAP is able to offer one or two participants a fellowship of up to $3,500 toward the Leadership Academy participation fee. Please complete this application by Wednesday, August 11, 2021, to be considered.

Lodging for Fall 2021 Seminar

The 2021 Leadership Academy Seminar is tentatively scheduled for September 22-24, 2021, and it will take place at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here for hotel options near BC.