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Microlearning: New to Higher Education

A self-paced course you can complete in five short segments.

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Administrators new to higher education may face numerous challenges. This self-paced course provides an overview of the complexities and nuances of navigating a college or university environment. It is designed for business officers at all levels who have worked in higher education for fewer than three years—whether you have started your first job or transitioned into higher education from another industry.
This course includes the following episodes—
  • Language of Higher Education
  • Shared Governance and Culture
  • Student Affairs and Student Success
  • The Role of the Board
  • Strategies for Leading Through Change
Each episode is about ten minutes of video with campus leaders sharing their expertise on these topics. Complete the course however it fits into your busy schedule—one episode at a time or in one sitting. Either way, you’ll earn 1 CPE credit for completing the whole course and we hope you’ll gain some wisdom that will help you along your higher education journey.
Please note: the videos used in this course were recorded prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Access the Course

After you register, you will navigate to your NACUBO classroom to access the course. 

Leadership and Management

Meet the Presenters

  • Melissa Beardmore, Vice President, Learning Resources Management, Anne Arundel Community College
  • J. Michael Gower, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Gerald Hector, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Morehouse College*
  • Kristen Hodge-Clark, Senior Assistant Dean of Program Planning, Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies
  • Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, George Mason University
  • Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life, George Mason University
  • Amir Rahnamay-Azar, Senior Vice President for Business Finance and Administrative Services and CFO, Syracuse University
  • Lynne Schaefer, Vice President for Finance and Administration, University of Maryland Baltimore County

*Gerald Hector will serve as Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance for the University of Central Florida beginning January 2021.

CPE Information

Estimated 1 CPE Credit

CPE Category: Specialized Knowledge (note: each individual must register to earn CPE credit)

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website


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