The Lamborn-Hughes Institute:

Strengthening the Student-Centered Research University

June 26 to June 28, 2019 I Colorado State University I Fort Collins, Colorado

We thank the 11 participating teams, faculty from an additional 5 visiting institutions, and our distinguished guest speakers—Kevin Kruger (NASPA), Bernard Mair (APLU), Lynn Pasquerella (AAC&U), and Gates Bryant & Nick Java (Tyton Partners), for making the inaugural institute so productive and enjoyable. Stay tuned for information concerning follow-on RC institutes.

About the Institute

The Reinvention Collaborative, hosted by Colorado State University, is delighted to welcome eleven teams for the inaugural Lamborn-Hughes Institute, Fort Collins, June 26-28. They are: University of Virginia; University of Texas; University of South Florida; University of Nebraska; University of Kentucky; Purdue University; The Ohio State University; University of Kansas; George Mason University; Emory University; and Colorado State University. Participants will help define, analyze, and advance the student-centered research university as a vital response to manifold undergraduate issues.

The Reinvention Collaborative, a Boyer-inspired research university consortium, and CSU, a leading land-grant university, both value innovation and collaboration and are each dedicated to the proposition that superior undergraduate education and broad-based student success require innovative student-centered approaches and myriad effective partnerships across units.

The Institute celebrates the collaboration between Alan Lamborn, formally CSU’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Reinvention Collaborative Executive Director, and Blanche Hughes, CSU’s current Vice President for Student Affairs and Reinvention Collaborative Board Member.

Plenary Speakers & Institute Faculty:

  • Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA

  • Bernard Mair, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, APLU

  • Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U

  • Rick Miranda, Provost, Colorado State University

  • Blanche Hughes, Vice President, Colorado State University

  • Oscar Felix, School of Education, Colorado State University

  • Alan Lamborn, RC Executive Director Emeritus

  • Mike Mullen, Vice Chancellor & Dean, North Carolina State University

  • Beth Loizeaux, Associate Provost, Boston University

  • Colin Potts, Vice Provost, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Amy Burkert, Vice Provost, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Archie Holmes, Vice Provost, University of Virginia

  • Greg Heileman, Associate Provost, University of Kentucky

  • Paul Dosal, Vice President, University of South Florida

  • Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost & Dean, University of California, Davis

  • Frank Dooley, Senior Vice Provost, Purdue University

  • Gates Bryant & Nick Java, Tyton Partners

Participation Criteria

  • We envisioned 5-to-10 teams of between 6-to-8 university leaders enjoying three nights and two days of immersive study with peers and recognized experts.

  • We envisioned leadership teams enjoying opportunity for productive strategizing and planning leading to focused campus-specific action plans supported by Institute faculty.

  • We envisioned an enjoyable and affordable experience facilitated by the welcoming environs of CSU and Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Participating teams will address their own institutional needs, but common foci include:

    • Closing student achievement gaps

    • Increasing graduation success

    • Faculty engagement/partnerships

    • Curricular/co-curricular engagement and learning

    • Integration of high-impact practices

    • Comparative administrative models

Institute Location

The Lamborn-Hughes Institute will be held at Colorado State University (, The Elizabeth Hotel, and The Armstrong Hotel, the latter two located in the Fort Collins Old Town District (, ). For more on Fort Collins, see: Lamborn-Hughes Institute participants are of course welcome to extend their stay in Colorado.

Institute Fees

Reinvention Collaborative Members

·         $350/team member

·         $199/night at The Elizabeth or The Armstrong


·         $675/team member

·         $199/night at The Elizabeth or The Armstrong

Participating teams are responsible for travel to and from Fort Collins and all extraneous expenses. Registration fees provide for most meals (see schedule) and conference materials. Institute faculty do not receive honoraria, only compensation for travel and accommodations.


Institute faculty will be drawn from Colorado State University, which has for many years sought to strengthen the student-centered research university via intentional, deep-seated, data-driven collaboration; from The Reinvention Collaborative, including members who lead undergraduate affairs at private and public research universities; and guest higher ed. leaders and researchers who offer distinctive perspectives, expertise, and experience.

Program (subject to revision)

Wednesday, June 26

·         3:00 p.m.             Check-in

·         6:00-8:00 p.m.   Welcome & Reception (@The Elizabeth)

. 6:45 p.m. Remarks featuring Blanche Hughes and Alan Lamborn

Thursday, June 27

·         7:00 a.m.              Transportation to Lory Student Center (Ballroom)

·         7:15-8:30 a.m.     Breakfast

·         8:30 a.m.              Welcome & Introductions

·         9:00 a.m.    Plenary 1: Framing the Challenge: National Perspectives

Kevin Kruger (NASPA) & Bernard Mair (APLU)

·         10:30 a.m.            Break

·         11:00 a.m.             Plenary 2: Inside the Whale: Positions and Viewpoints

·         12:30 p.m.            Lunch

12:45 p.m. Luncheon presentation by Gates Bryant and Nick Java,

Tyton Partners

·         2:00 p.m.              Team Meetings #1

·         3:00 p.m.              Report Out #1

4:00 p.m. Break

·         4:15 p.m.               Plenary 3: Creating Equitable Learning Environments

(Oscar Felix & CSU Students)

6:00 p.m. Transportation to hotels

·         7:00 p.m. Working Dinners on the Town (w/faculty)

Friday, June 28

·         5:30/6:30 a.m.     Optional Horsetooth Trail Hike/Outdoor Yoga

7:30 a.m. Hiking/Yoga Groups Return

·         8:15 a.m.                Transportation to Lory Student Center (Ballroom D)

·         8:45 a.m.    Breakfast

9:15 a.m. Team Meetings #2

9:45 a.m. Team Pair/Share

11:00 a.m. Break

·         11-10 a.m. Report Out #2

·         12:00 p.m.   Lunch

12:30 p.m. Luncheon Presentation: Student-Centered Research

Universities: Organizational Models (Mike Mullen and

Greg Heileman)

·         1:30-2:30 p.m.     Team Meetings #3

· 2:45 p.m.  Final Team Reports       

5:45 p.m. Group Photography

·         6:45-9:00 p.m.     Dinner & Keynote: Lynn Pasquerella (AAC&U)

9:00 p.m. Transportation to hotels

Application Process

Teams from Research I and II universities are welcome to apply. We recommend that teams are led jointly by student affairs and academic leaders, including Provosts, VPSA/SLs, and UVPs, and that teams are comprised of strategic leaders whose responsibilities are university-wide and include student success and student well-being as well as equity and excellence. Teams may include, for example, institutional research; diversity, inclusion, and equity; enrollment management, and others. While we do not proscribe the size or scope of teams, we recommend 6-to-8 as an ideal. For the inaugural Institute, we will select up to ten applicant institutions, with selection decisions made jointly between the Reinvention Collaborative Board and Colorado State University leaders.

To apply, submit a proposal (no more than 5 single-spaced pages) with the following elements:

·         Primary Contact (including name, title, postal and e-mail address, telephone)

·         Proposed Team Membership (including names, titles, and brief position descriptions)

·         Context (what factors motivate the applicant institution’s desire to participate?)

·         Principal issues (which challenges are of greatest concern to the applicant institution?)

·         Desired outcomes (what would the applicant institution most want to achieve?)

·         Possible contributions (what might the applicant institution contribute to the Institute?)

·         Philosophical Statement: What makes for, and why value, a student-centered research university?

Appendices are welcome but not expected. If, however, data or existing studies might help the selection committee better understand the proposal narrative, please do not hesitate to include these as supplements. We also welcome queries and comments concerning the selection process. Selections will be made based on the overall strength of proposals and in order to assemble the most complementary and thus most productive group of teams. The value of the Institute is determined not only by the faculty, curriculum, and setting, but by the willingness of participants to share of their expertise and experience with colleagues. This last is a hallmark of both the Reinvention Collaborative and Colorado State University.


"…a great opportunity to inspire collaboration.” –Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA

"The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities applauds the Reinvention Collaboration's new initiative, The Lamborn-Hughes Institute. It is important to deepen the collaboration and research between student and academic affairs. Educating the whole-student has long been the mission and privilege of Public Research Universities,  and the high quality education involves the integration of academic and student affairs. This initiative will help leverage and synthesize all of this work to increase student success.” –Peter McPherson, President, APLU.


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