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Collaborative Team-Based Learning

Summer Institute is a unique educational experience designed for CEOs and their teams to learn about a selected theme from world-class learning partners. AFIT learning partners are recognized quality leaders in their field and have demonstrated success with the selected theme. The themes are strategically chosen based on members’ needs, and they build on each other from one year to the next. During the program, teams participate in interactive learning activities and benefit from “team time” to discuss key concepts and translate them into actionable solutions that fit their institution’s needs.

2019 Summer Institute


“Transformative Leadership and a Culture of Innovation - Creating a New Era”

At the 2019 Summer Institute, AFIT teams will learn how to lead transformation and spark a cultural shift toward innovation to create a new era in which your institution will thrive.

Who’s invited: Member CEOs, Reps, and their teams
When: July 31 - Aug. 3, 2019
Where: Marriott Hotel at Legacy Center - Plano, TX

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Meet our 2019 Learning Partners:

Brent Frey
Director of Education

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Kari Granger

CEO & Founder
The Granger Network

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Mike Wilson
The Dallas Morning News

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Mike Flores Palo Alto College

Dr. Mike Flores
Alamo Colleges District

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Dr. Mecca Salahuddin
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Excellence
Alamo Colleges District

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Register for the 2019 AFIT Summer Institute

Summer Institute: $795 early-bird registration through July 2, 2018; $895 regular registration after July 2, 2019

Cancellation Fee: $100 for cancellation by 11:59 PM, July 8
Cancellation Fee effective July 9: $400 (runs through 11:59 PM, July 31)
Cancellation Fee effective July 31: No refund (cancellation or no shows)

Summer Institute Registration for Non-Member Institutions (per person): $995 (flat rate)

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(Group discount available until July 9, 2019)

When booking your travel, please plan accordingly:

  • Summer Institute will begin with a CEO Forum session Wednesday, July 31 from 2-5 p.m. (for member and guest CEOs only).
  • Everyone is invited to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m.
  • There will be 2.5 days of learning sessions on August 1-3. The program will conclude on Saturday, August 3 at noon.



Past Events

2018 Summer Institute

Kansas City MO

Presented by Campus Management Corporation

Who’s invited: Member CEOs, Reps, and their teams
When: August 1–4, 2018
Where: Country Club Plaza – Kansas City, MO

2018 Summer Institute Program

Transforming the Higher Education
Business Model

It’s no secret that there are considerable challenges facing higher education institutions and related organizations. The teaching and learning methods of the past are becoming obsolete, and time-worn processes have all but lost their effectiveness. No longer will the “take no action” or “move forward with incremental change” mindsets sustain operations; innovation and organizational transformation must become a priority. Join us at the 2018 Summer Institute to learn how to lead this change at your organization.

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2018 Leadership Development Institute Program

The Leadership Development Institute is aimed at developing new or future leaders at higher education institutions and affiliated organizations that embrace and champion innovation and continuous quality improvement. Participants will gain tangible leadership training around topics that may not be covered in other leadership programs. The program is designed to help participants create networking relationships with and between other AFIT leaders. Learn more>>


2018 Learning Partners...

Think of of the Business Innovation Factory as your R&D department for new business models. BIF helps leaders design and test new business models in the real world.

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Children's Health is the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the country receives numerous awards and honors annually for their dedication to excellent healthcare and service.

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The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation.

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Collaboration & Teamwork

“The Summer Institute provides a spirit of collaboration and teamwork in a learning environment focused on actionable strategies for all levels of the organization.”

– Dr. Jackie Elliott, President, Central Arizona College, AZ

Highly Relevant

“Some of the most honest, productive conversations I’ve had since coming to Rio Salado College have occurred at the Summer Institute, and it was predicated by the teachable moments and takeaways from our shared learning experience.”

– Dr. LeRoderick Terry, Vice President of Student Affairs, Rio Salado College, AZ

Exemplary Practices

"We have incorporated a number of college practices that are a direct result of our engagement with Learning Partners in the CQIN Summer Institutes. Indeed, some of these college practices are considered exemplary by our peer organizations. CQIN is a real winner in our book.”

– Dr. Lee Rasch, former President, Western Technical College, WI