Our yearlong professional and personal development Institute
on Leadership is designed for current and aspiring CEOs and
senior executives of California community colleges. Using a
multi-discipline, multi-lens curriculum, the Institute on
Leadership taps the everyday experiences of community college
CEOs for intense discourse on organizational change and
assumption-challenging debates with business, academic and
philanthropic innovators. This is both safe ground and a place to
stretch professionally, a venue for exploring individual
leadership performance and the collective intelligence of CEO-led
executive teams for the ultimate success of students. For 2017, a
cohort of 21 Wheelhouse Fellows
made up the inaugural class.
Three convenings annually: The Institute on
Leadership experience includes a 2.5-day foundational convening
in March with provocative speakers, compelling case studies,
personal and organizational analytics, and reflective assessments
of your wheelhouse…the individual and collective zones of power
that will advance personal and organizational impact. The March
session is followed by two additional two additional convenings,
including a 4-day intensive session in July and a 2.5 day
culminating session in October.
Tailored themes: Each Institute’s theme is
tailored to community college CEO’s needs and interests as
identified in the latest Wheelhouse survey research and
reflective of current contextual issues and higher education
challenges. Session topics focus on leadership performance and
analytics, individual, team, and organizational agility, and
research and policy know-how.
Peer learning and support: CEO participants
are guided through the Institute experience as a cohort.
Individuals will also be asked to bring forward personal goals or
college/district-level case scenarios for rich discussion by the
group. This workshop-style feedback provides real-world,
real-time benefits to both the individual and the group.
Year-long benefits: Throughout the year,
Institute participants will receive communications to enrich and
continue relevant discussion. They will be the first to receive
new briefs and studies by Wheelhouse research affiliates, and
will have unique opportunities to discuss local institutional
data with university research staff and develop leadership
perspectives, case studies, and policy viewpoints though the
Wheelhouse website. The October session will conclude the
Institute’s year-long leadership program and each CEO participant
will receive a Wheelhouse Leadership certificate issued by the
UCD School of Education.
Q&A: More Information about the Wheelhouse Institute
Why should college leaders challenge their thinking
The effectiveness of public higher education is being
questioned by students, their families, and by leaders in
economic and political arenas because of poor
accountability and limited data.
Success for all students requires strategic reallocation of
resources and optimal use of personnel, financial, technological
and physical assets.
The pipeline of future community college leaders is severely
constricted and the turnover rate of current college CEOs is
rising, leaving an essential educational and economic system in
Community colleges need thoughtful leaders and focused
decision makers to achieve their multi-fold mission.
Average CEO tenure is far too brief to ensure leaders can
support lasting institutional change and improved
How does a CEO apply for the Institute on
The initial Wheelhouse Institute is expected to accommodate
20-25 individuals, with the cohort size and shape based on a
breadth of experience and diversity of responsibilities that will
support engaged group learning.
If you are a current or aspiring community college or
district CEO, and are interested in participating or
learning more, please indicate your interest here.
What distinguishes the Wheelhouse Institute from other
Founding organizations, UCD and CCCCO, have merged their
research capabilities and field networks to design a program in
which sitting and aspiring college CEOs can readily explore
and apply new leadership theory, policy development and
The institute provides a high-support, high-challenge
environment for learning and leadership development, a small
cohort “space” where leaders can test assumptions and
cross-pollinate new ideas in a forward-thinking, bias-free,
The institute emphasizes contextual learning through diverse
and stimulating inputs, drawing from a broad range of experts
both within and beyond the field of education.
The Institute provides a unique focus on challenges and
opportunities that face leaders in the California context.
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants
who complete the institute.
What does the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership aim to
Leadership acumen and capabilities for resilient and
The importance of research and actionable
strategies/frameworks for decision-making and institutional
One-on-one and group feedback-seeking techniques and
practices to enhance personal and organizational receptivity to
Ongoing and supportive problem-resolution communications with
peers, colleagues, researchers and policy advocates external to
CEOs’ home institutions.
Commitment to facilitating systemic and lasting positive
How do leaders and their organizations benefit from the
Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership?
Development of individual leadership capabilities and
organizational capacity for change.
Strategies for creating a collective intelligence with senior
level reports and a college-wide energy for innovation and
Models and case study references for responding to emerging
organizational challenges and issues.
Access to a community of trusted colleagues and advisors
within the Wheelhouse and among the Institute cohort.
Knowledge and skills necessary to support longevity in
leadership positions that will ensure the lasting impact of CEO
commitment to a college or organization.
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During Session 3 of the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership, the
Fellows engaged California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy
Ortiz Oakley in a conversation about the important and ambitious
goals attached to his strategic vision for the colleges. This
session took place in an informal setting conducive to candid
sharing of ideas, challenges and aspirations. We’re grateful to
the Chancellor Oakley for joining us at UC Davis.
On Feb. 3, 2017, Dr. Matt Miller guided the first class of
the Wheelhouse Institute on Leadership through its first case
studies. He is a lecturer on education and associate dean for
learning and teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
specializing in higher education.
The inaugural class of Wheelhouse Fellows got together with
others from the Wheelhouse program on Feb. 2, 2017 for a
reception and dinner. Our yearlong professional and
personal development Institute on Leadership is designed for
current and aspiring CEOs and senior executives of California