Branch Campus Leadership Institute VI (2023-2024)

What is BCLI?

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, the Branch Campus Leadership Institute helps attendees gain the leadership knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on higher education.

The Leadership program provided through the Branch Campus Leadership Institute is a seven month program conducted via Zoom that culminates with a Capstone presentation given at the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) annual conference (to be held May 29 - 31, 2024 at California State University San Bernadino Palm Desert Campus).  The capstone project brings to bear the analytic abilities, professional understanding, and contextual knowledge accrued and sharpened throughout the program and closely mirrors the challenges found in modern-day higher education.

Program Highlights: BCLI V will kick off in August with a brief Orientation.  Regular sessions will follow once a month for seven consecutive months from September 2023 through March 2024 from 12:30p.m. - 5p.m. ET. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  The program will conclude with presentations of their Capstone Case Study at the annual conference to be held May 29 - 31, 2024 at California State University San Bernadino Palm Desert Campus. Each attendee with be assigned a mentor to help guide them through the process and aid them in selecting an appropriate topic for their Capstone Case Study. 

Class VI (2023-2024) of the Branch Campus Leadership Institute is scheduled from August 2023 through April 2024.  Email your completed application to

The application period for the 2023-24 BCLI cohort has closed. The application period for our 2024-2025 cohort will open April 1, 2024. 

Program Expense

Branch Campus Leadership Institute Cost:

         $1150.00 (NABCA Members)  

         $1450.00 (Non-Members)

Participants will be required to present their Capstone Project as part the 2024 Annual Conference. Conference registration for and travel to the conference is not included with program fee and is the responsibility of each participant. Attendance at the 2024 Conference (May 29 - 31, 2024 to be held at California State University San Bernadino Palm Desert Campus) is required as part of the BCLI experience. 

2023 - 2024 SPEAKERS INCLUDE...

Dr. Susan Elkins - Chancellor, Palmetto College, SC

Dr. Cyndee Perdue Moore - Executive Director of Public Relations and Communications, Clarke County School District

Dr. Gary Adcox - Director of Campus Success and Strategic Retention Initiatives, University of North Georgia

Dr. Neil Scott - Vice Chancellor of Student Success, Alabama Community College System

Alison Bracewell McCullick - Director of Community Relations, University of Georgia

Dr. Josh Duplantis - Dean, Workforce Development and Adult Education, Coastal Alabama Community College

Dr. Ralitsa Akins - Vice Provost, University of West Georgia

Dr. Dan Silk - Associate Vice President for Public Safety, University of Georgia

Dr. Russ Deaton - Executive Vice Chancellor for Policy and Strategy, Tennessee Board of Regents

Dr. Vicki Baker - Professor, Economics and Management; Director, Albion College Community Cooperative

Class Session Topics





Institutional Populations, Structures, and Culture

Institutional Overview from the Presidential Perspective - Discussion on Issues of Establishing a Positive University Culture, Consolidation, Multi-Campus Operations – No One Left Out vs. One Campus Decides, Making A Difference, When the Interest of Students, Faculty, and Staff Collide, Understanding the Student Population, Balancing Academics and Administration, Higher Education as a Social Versus Individual Good, and the Ever Changing World of Higher Education.   


Ethical and Legal Issues

Current Higher Education ethical and legal issues. HBCU bomb threats, assault on and off-campus approved events and public safety, active shooter best practices, student safety issues, mental health and issues of privacy versus safety, see something – say something, ride share on campus, weapons on campus, free speech, and protest areas, outside/public access to common areas, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Strategic Enrollment Management and Admissions Policies

How to Build a Class, Application to Graduation – Retention Issues, Completion Rates, Access, Types of Institutions (Highly Selective, Selective, Open Access), Outreach and Community Engagement, Special Considerations in Admissions


Leader Conversations and Capstone Case Study

Part 1: How and why to have the hard conversation, setting clear expectations and accountability. Part 2: Case Study issues, selecting a topic, research, presentation, Access Journal, mentor assignment.


Government and Community Politics and Policy

Government and Community Relations, Taking Sides, Legislative Visits, Hosting Community Events, University System Office, Understanding the Impact of Your Words and Actions   


Higher Education Finance

State and Federal Funding, Title IV Federal Student Financial Assistance Program, GI Bill, Pell Grants, Fund Raising and Major Projects


Community Engagement and Service Learning

Becoming a Good Community Partner, Student Engagement, Beneficial Civic Engagement, Community Advisory Committees