The Minority Serving Institutions Leadership Fellows program builds on the current strengths and skills of key leaders within Minority Serving Instituions (MSIs) and trained them through innovative leadership development models that provided them with strategies to effectively manage and lead complex organizations in the 21st century.
The Minority Serving Institutions Leadership Fellows program was established in order to build on the current strengths and skills of key leaders within Minority Serving Institutions. It was initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to train future senior level administrators at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) through innovative leadership development models that prepared them for effectively managing and leading complex organizations in the 21st century.
These MSI’s include Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). These three institutional types were brought together through a policy based group, the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. The Alliance is comprised of the three governing bodies for Minority Serving Institutions which include: American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) which governs Tribal Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) which oversees Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), which governs Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Cumulatively, there are nearly 340 MSIs and serving approximately 11 percent of the students attending higher education institutions in the United States. Additionally, these institutions grant 21 percent of all college degrees and certificates awarded to African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic students. The educational success and advancement of these groups frame the mission and goals of Minority Serving Institutions, making leadership development of MSI administrators’ key to achieving successful learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness. The Leadership Fellows Program fosters growth and development of leaders of Minority Serving Institutions to ensure the mission and goals of these institutions are maintained.
Among the participants, ten fellows were selected from each institution to participate in the Leadership Fellows Program. Each experienced senior level administrator sought to gain skills and characteristics that would assist them in fulfilling their institutional mission and purpose, to advance the communities that they serve and to develop skills that would allow for career advancement.
The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good has informed the evaluation piece of this Fellows Program. In this role the National Forum provided technical support and consultation, research design, instrumentation and analysis. The evaluation effort was directed by Dr. Betty Overton Adkins, Provost of Spring Arbor University; and the University of Michigan effort was led by Dr. John C. Burkhardt, with assistance by CSHPE doctoral students.
Theme in Action & Research: Diversity