Terri Givens and Shelley Seale, CHEL co-founders
The Center for Higher Education Leadership (CHEL) was formed by Terri E. Givens to provide academic leaders with information and a supportive community for improving management and leadership skills in an environment of changing demographics, financial challenges, and advances in educational technology.
CHEL was born of Terri’s experiences navigating these fields and learning along her journey through academe, from professor to vice-provost and provost at universities in Texas and California. Shelley Seale came on-board as co-founder and the director of content, to oversee the newsletters, guides, and other original content from our exceptional team of contributors for the CHEL community.
Terri identified the problems faced by higher education leaders:
- Academic administrators tend to come from the faculty ranks and don’t have management experience.
- On the job training is difficult due to the many challenges facing higher ed that require knowledge of government regulations (particularly Title IX), opportunities to improve student success, and understanding of educational technology.
- Higher Ed leadership needs to take into account current trends as well as emergent technologies to augment their current thinking/understanding of the tech industry.
Many decisions about programs and purchasing are made by Deans, Vice Provosts, Vice Presidents, Provosts, and Presidents. These administrators tend to be risk averse and often rely on staff or sales people to know what the best practices are or which types of technology they should purchase. These administrators need resources that they feel confident in, that can provide unbiased information to help them not only make decisions, but to even be aware of product availability and whether they are appropriate for their type of institution.
That’s where the Center for Higher Education Leadership comes in, providing solutions for these challenges faced by administrators with a portal and products designed specifically for them.
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