Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.

Why Join?

ACL Members have access to...

ACL Annual Conference

Professional Development

Email Discussion List & Forum

The most concentrated ACL networking activity attracts partnership directors and leaders from higher education, government, business, and the public sector. Members receive significant registration discounts and early information about the conference.

Training, sharing, and resources for  collaboration leaders are available through different platforms and are offered free or at a discount to members.

The Listserv enables members to raise important issues and receive immediate responses. Members seek and to give advice to others involved in consortium work.

Guide for Consortia


Collaboration Research & Salary Surveys

This ACL-developed tool provides assistance to consortia in reviewing their respective missions, goals, operations and planning efforts. The Guide for Consortia, a copyrighted document, is available for distribution upon request.

This highly-supportive unique peer group provides invaluable shared learning, insight and resources for one another outside of conferences and meetings. 

Join your ACL members and colleagues to stay up-to-date on recent research about collaboration.  Salary surveys reflect the state of staffing and compensation at higher ed consortia for use in staff and CEO benefit benchmarking, and also add to the overall understanding of consortium and collaboration staffing. Four salary surveys have been completed to-date.

Join Us

Consortia in higher education look very different from one another but at their core they aim to accomplish two goals for their member colleges and universities:

  •  Improve the excellence of individual institutions by doing something together that cannot be done as well – or at all – by a college or university on its own.
  • Reduce expenses at individual institutions through shared activities.

In other words, collaborations create opportunities and enable efficiencies. ACL provides members extensive resources, insights, and shared experiences for achieving high quality higher education collaboration. 

Any organization, formal or informal, that is engaged in the coordination of collaborative endeavors by colleges and universities is eligible for membership. 

Association for Collaborative Leadership is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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