Rising Higher Education Leaders Fellowship


Gain expertise, learn professional skills, and build community with the next generation of higher education leaders and EAB experts

EAB Global Research Partners are invited to nominate two individuals annually to participate in the Rising Higher Education Fellowship. This nine-month, cohort-based experience aims to build community, develop a depth of expertise in the topics and issues that matter most to institutional strategy, and provide focused professional skills development from EAB industry experts.

Each fellow completes a capstone project on a topic of interest to their home institutions with the support of EAB resources, advancing a key institutional priority while building a network and community of practice.

  • Developing pathways throughout the university to support lifelong learning
  • Measuring DEI through a campus-wide dashboard
  • Achieving our aspiration of becoming carbon neutral by 2042
  • Elevating the student voice in institutional decision-making
  • Operationalizing our strategic plan
  • Benchmarking our online and graduate tuition rates compared to our peers

Benefits for Participating Fellows and their Institutions

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Expertise Development

  • Exposure to cross-cutting topics on the key issues facing higher education today
  • Opportunity to gain depth in a new topic or terrain beyond their functional role

Topics include

  • State of higher education
  • Funding the future
  • Organizational and governance structures

Professional Skills Cultivation

  • Development of relationship building, decision making, and change leadership
    skills that are essential to success for rising higher ed leaders    

Topics include

  • Change management
  • Executive presence
  • Unconscious bias

Community Building

  • A capstone project
    that pairs fellows
    working on similar
    strategic priorities
  • Structured networking


Topics include

  • Capstone (see sample topics below)
  • Team-building activities
  • Kickoff and graduation event

Spring 2021 Cohort Timeline

  • April 2021

    Cohort kicks off

  • May-November

    Monthly training sessions

  • December 2021

    Cohort graduation

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Global Research Partners may nominate up to two fellows annually to participate
  • Fellows should be staff or faculty with administration roles at the director through associate/assistant dean/provost/vice president level (not current full deans, full vice presidents, or full provosts). Examples of current participants’ roles include:
    • Assistant Dean, College of Business Administration
    • Director, Human Resources
    • Faculty Senate President
    • Director, Growth Strategies
    • Associate Vice President, Academic Experience
  • Fellows should expect to dedicate approximately 10-15% of their time during the nine-month duration of the fellowship

The Inaugural 2020-2021 Fellowship Cohort

Included 18 fellows from 12 institutions
(Note: The inaugural cohort included only larger institutions; future cohorts will include both larger and smaller institutions)

  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • Central Michigan University
  • College of Charleston
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Georgia State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Montana
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison

What Our Fall 2020 Fellows Are Saying

“I’ve enjoyed the dedicated time to focus on professional development and gaining so many resources to aid in completing my capstone project.”

“The resources shared are going to be excellent moving forward as I think about institutional organization, change management, and framing student success.”

“Both the networking and content have been equally helpful.”

Ready to learn more?

Listen to our podcast Office Hours with EAB's episode featuring two fellows from the inaugural cohort.

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