This 3-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of the skills and strategies needed for effective Foundations Program administration. Graduate students and new Foundations administrators can use this workshop to explore the range of skills needed for effective administration.

Leadership is best understood within the context of action. Curricular change is the specific action that has the greatest effect on any academic program. In this workshop, we will focus on curriculum development both as an end in itself and as a means to explore broader leadership questions. Basic questions include:

  • What is a curriculum?
  • When is change needed?
  • How can a new curriculum be developed?
  • How can a new curriculum be implemented?

Intensive workshop, including lectures, break-out sessions, writing, team presentations and group discussion. This can be followed by development of a written program plan after the actual workshop ends.


  • To consider the role of faculty and administrators in creating change
  • To define leadership and management and explore their interconnections
  • To identify existing program strengths and areas needing further development.


  • Defining Your Mission;
  • From Mission to Curriculum (including Scope and Sequence discussion)
  • Leadership and Management;
  • Eight Common Mistakes;
  • Eight Leadership Essentials; Eight Management Essentials.

Springboard Topics, For Breakout Sessions

  • Creating a Climate for Change;
  • Building on Existing Strengths;
  • Working Around Roadblocks;
  • Creating Consensus:
  • Juggling and Tightrope Walking;
  • When to Lead/When to Follow/When to Get Out of the Way

Program Plan 
Using your existing curriculum as a beginning point, consider:

  • What are the existing strengths of the program?
  • What are the major curricular problems?
  • What curricular changes do you propose? Why?
  • How can you accomplish your goals using existing resources?
  • What additional resources are needed, and how can they be obtained?