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Chief Academic Officers

The CAO plays a unique role in advancing Catholic identity among academic staff. ACCU offers a variety of resources to help individuals in this role:

  • Strengthening Catholic Identity – CAOs: This short brochure summarizes the role of the CAO in advancing the Catholic identity of a college or university.
  • CAOs may be interested in Catholic Identity Mission Assessment (CIMA), a new initiative that will help ACCU member institutions understand how Catholic higher education adds distinct value to the student experience.
  • Each year, ACCU offers a conference specially designed for chief academic officers. Stimulating speakers and roundtable discussions at this gathering help attendees address contemporary needs. See below for information on the current conference.


2018 ACCU Chief Academic Officers Conference

Register now to attend this conference for chief academic officers on Saturday, February 3, 2018, just before the start of the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. Attendees will explore the theme, "Challenges and Opportunities for Chief Academic Officers: Leading Change through Mission," with speakers and conversations that address the current environment in Catholic higher education, as it affects the academic enterprise.


8:00 a.m.    Registration
8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions:
A. Breakfast Roundtable for CAOs New to Catholic Institutions 
    Hosts: Paul Benson, Provost, University of Dayton
               Hugh Lena, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Providence College

B. Breakfast buffet and informal conversation for those not participating in the new CAOs breakfast

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.                     
 Breakout Sessions:
A. New Catholic College CAOs Orientation
    Hosts: Paul Benson, Provost, University of Dayton
               Hugh Lena, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Providence College

B. Proposed/New Federal Policies Related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Their Anticipated Impact on Higher Education
     Chair: Nicholas Santilli, Interim Provost and Academic VP, John Carroll University 
     Speaker: Ashley Feasley, Director of Policy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services 

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.                         Where the Millennials Do Their Seeking: Undergraduate Spirituality in American Catholic Colleges and Universities 
     Chair: Bryan Le Beau, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Saint Mary, Retired 
     Speaker: John Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorman Strong Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Missouri State University. 

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.           Cor Unum: A Transformational Approach to Equity in the Curriculum and Classroom
     Chair: Paul Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Saint Ambrose University
     Speaker: Esteban del Rio, Associate Provost, Inclusion and Diversity Director, Center for Inclusion and Diversity, University of San Diego

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 
     Host: Michael Galligan-Stierle, President of ACCU
             Dr. Galligan-Stierle will provide an update on the Catholic Identity Mission Assessment (CIMA) project.

1:30 p.m. Leaders in Catholic Higher Education session begins

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