Association for Collaborative Leadership

The voice for collaboration in higher education.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    • Thursday, May 01, 2025

    Why sponsor the Association for Collaborative Leadership?

    For 50 years, ACL has served as the recognized authority on consortial leadership and collaboration in higher education, providing its members with specialized expertise, knowledge, and training so they can successfully lead their higher education partnerships.  Our organization brings together 50 of these consortia worldwide, representing over 700 of the world’s preeminent public and private colleges, spanning 2-year and 4-year undergraduate institutions to major research universities.


    ACL Annual Conference Signature Sponsor - $6,000

    • Annual Conference Sponsor logo on ACL website homepage for the conference year

    • Lead conference sponsor recognition at Summer Institute (June 2019)

    • Full page inside front cover of  Annual Conference Program Book

    • Two complimentary registrations for Annual Conference

    • Table at Collaboration Showcase at Annual Conference

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session

    • Opportunity to work with ACL to present a webinar or preconference workshop on an issue of expertise.


    Conference Special Event Sponsor - $5,000

    • Naming opportunity for principal conference dinner or pre-conference workshop with sponsor greeting during event and tabletop recognition

    • Sponsor logo on ACL Conference webpage as Special Event Sponsor for six months

    • Full-page in Annual Conference Program Book

    • Table at Collaboration Showcase at Annual Conference

    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session


    ACL Annual Conference Sponsor - $2,500

    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Half-page ad in Annual Conference Program Book

    • Shared table at Collaboration Showcase

    • Verbal recognition of sponsor during plenary session


    ACL Presenter Sponsor - $2,500
    • Co-presentation of conference workshop

    • One complimentary registration for Annual Conference

    • Half-page ad in Annual Conference Program Book


    ACL Supporter - $1,000

    • One-quarter page ad in Annual Conference Program


    Charitable Contributions 

    • ACL Summer Institute Scholarships for attendees from new consortia or those with  budgets under $150,000 to attend the institute. A full scholarship is $1,125; however, any amount is welcome.
    • We also offer sponsorship options for those who prefer to reach our members via our webinars which feature hour-long industry-related presentations 3-4 times each year.
    • Contact for questions or details on this sponsorship level!


    Webinar Sponsor - $2,500

    • Sponsor recognition in webinar promotional emails to entire ACL membership

    • Sponsor recognition on ACL webinar webpage for six months

    • Sponsor logo on introductory slide and verbal recognition at beginning and end of webinar

    • Sponsor website listing on final slide of webinar

    • Opportunity to partner with ACL member to present webinar content (optional)


    Checks can be made out to Association for Collaborative Leadership and mailed to:

    Association for Collaborative Leadership

    5329 Fayette Avenue

    Madison, Wisconsin 53713

    Thank You!

    • Sunday, June 16, 2019
    • Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    • Associated Colleges of the South, Atlanta, Georgia
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    June 16-19, 2019 | Atlanta, Georgia

    Hosted by the Associated Colleges of the South 

    2019 Summer Institute Tentative Schedule

    The ACL Summer Leadership Institute has reached capacity! Please feel free to join the event waitlist. 

    The ACL Summer Institute consistently receives high marks from participants – which have included college presidents working to start a consortium, new executive directors, senior consortial staff and faculty leading collaborative projects. The ACL Summer Institute’s three-day curriculum is taught in an interactive workshop format with class sizes ranging from 12- 20 participants, and experienced consortium leaders serving as faculty. 


    Over the course of three days, you will learn what makes collaboration work; what derails it; and how to engage in consortial work through a curriculum that ensures participants understand a body of knowledge leading to effective collaboration. 

    The curriculum covers:

    • An overview of consortial leadership, highlighting a range of organizational structures across consortia
    • Collaboration, leadership, governance and vision
    • Strategic planning, action plans and assessment to bring mission and goals into reality
    • Communicating within and about the consortium - strategies and tactics for sharing your good work
    • Financial strategies and techniques


    Participants will work on a capstone project through the entire institute, and leave the institute with clear action plans and a way forward to implement their project upon returning to their organization. 


    ACL Institute faculty are leaders in higher education collaboration who have expertise in their subject area and deep experience in consortial work.

    Summer 2019 Institute Faculty include:

    •  Claire Ramsbottom, Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway; President, ACL
    •  Barbara McFadden, Principal, McFadden, Rocklin, And Associates
    •  Stig Lanesskog, President, Claremont University Consortium; Board Member, ACL
    •  Beth Moy, Executive Director, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education; Vice President, ACL
    •  R. Owen Williams, President, Associated Colleges of the South; Board Member, ACL 


    Institute feeinclude hotel stay and most meals during the Institute. Commuter fees do not include hotel fees.

    All deposits and fees for the 2019 Summer Institute are non-refundable. Forfeited registration fees may be used as credit for use in a future event registration fee, and will be evaluated on case-by-case basis. Registration fees may be transferable in with ACL approval and evaluated individually.

    Click here to view alumni discuss Institute outcomes.

    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Five Colleges, Inc., 97 Spring Street Amherst, MA 01002
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    On Tuesday, July 23rd 2019 Five Colleges, Incorporated (aka the Five College Consortium, FCI) will host the annual Association for Collaborative Leadership Northeast Regional Meeting near the FCI headquarters in Amherst, MA.

    Traditionally, this meeting presents a fairly informal opportunity for like-minded consortium leaders, staff and those interested in higher education collaboration to share common challenges and strategies for overcoming them. The agenda may include round-table discussions with everyone participating, breakout groups based on topical interests, and/or an invited guest or two.

    The number of attendees may be as few as a dozen or as many as 30. For now, the schedule is set from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, but times may change depending on enrollment and space.

    Registration is open to both ACL-members and non-members, and to those  who are just forming a consortium! However, please RSVP early, as space will be somewhat limited.

    The registration charge for the meeting is $20 for lunch, snacks, and coffee.  If you know of others who may be interested in joining us to share and learn about managing collaboration in higher education, please pass the message along! 

    • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • Moravian College Bethlehem, PA

    The 2019 Association for Collaborative Leadership Conference will be hosted by the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges in Bethlehem, PA. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Place in Bethlehem, PAOctober 16-18, 2019.

    The pre-conference workshop will focus on change management, featuring a workshop taking place on Wednesday, October 16 from 12pm-4pm. This workshop will focus on the principles of change management, overcoming challenges associated with change management, and integrating these practices into consortia work. This workshop will be followed by our annual Collaboration Showcase poster session featuring the ACL Summer Institute and any consortia who opt to participate.

    The conference schedule itself is robust with speakers from diverse consortia and member colleges and universities addressing a full range of collaborative efforts. Participants return to the ACL meeting year after year to take advantage of networking, access to information and immediately useful ideas and approaches, and for the opportunity to discuss the challenges and rewards of higher education collaboration with others who understand the work.

    A formal schedule will be forthcoming, but the topics to be explored include different aspects of communities of practice, managing external partnerships, maximizing resources through shared purchasing, managing board and leadership relationships, academic collaborative opportunities, and more.

    Accommodations & Transportation

    Reservations at the Hyatt Place in Bethlehem, PA can be made under the ACL room block by calling 1-888 HYATT HP or by going online to and entering reservation using G-SGLH as the group/corporate number. The hotel is located at 45 W North St, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and parking is available onsite with validation. 

    A free hotel shuttle is available from Lehigh Valley International Airport to the Hyatt Place Bethlehem.  Please contact the hotel directly in advance, at (610) 625-0500.  There is also very reliable daily charter bus service to Bethlehem from Newark.  From the Newark Airport on Trans Bridge Lines:  The closest bus station for both charter bus lines is the "Bethlehem Transportation Center" at 635 Guetter St, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  The bus station is across the street from the hotel.  Click here for driving directions to the hotel.

Association for Collaborative Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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