Search UCEA

Quality Leadership Matters

The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. We welcome you to our knowledge portal.


Response to Student Debt?

As many of you are aware, Andrew Rossi has recently turned out another documentary titled Ivory Tower.   In this new film, Rossi, turns his attention to the “news in spring 2012 that national student loan debt had exceded a trillion dollars, accompanied by the disclosure that the cost of college tuition has increased by 1,120 percent since 1978. . . .”1   Rossi points out that for many students, college is thought to be a “social playground”—a dangerous notion that can overshadow the primary purpose of pursuing a post-secondary education, and one that can leave a student without good grades or connections and deeply in debt.  Certainly, the issue of student debt is important to colleges and universities.

Are you seeing responses or reactions to this issue from your institution?  If so, what is the conversation, and what plans are forming to address the concern?


Footnote: Some of the information and the direct quote were taken from the following website:



UCEA Plays a Key Role in the National Leadership Standards Refresh Effort

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) are leading an effort to refresh the standards to reflect research-based evidence and experience gained since the last update of the standards in 2008.  The standards detail the leadership skills and knowledge effective school leaders need in order to influence teaching and student learning. States, districts, schools and university and nonprofit leadership preparation programs use the standards to guide preparation, practice, support and evaluations for district and school leaders, including superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders. 

The responsibilities of principals and superintendents have changed significantly since the original leader standards were released in 1996, especially since the standards were last updated. State-level reform measures across the country have set higher expectations for student growth and achievement and place new demands on district and school leaders to ensure all students are learning. Principals in most states are implementing higher learning standards to prepare all students for college, careers and life. In addition, the federal Race to the Top program and Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers place new emphasis on principal effectiveness. As a result, many states and districts are taking steps that demand a rethinking of education leadership, including implementing principal support, coaching and evaluations as well as clarifying and strengthening roles, such as that of principal supervisors and teacher leaders.

“The demands on school leaders have never been greater,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. “To meet these new challenges, talented principals are essential. We are refreshing the standards to help ensure school leaders have the knowledge and skills to improve teaching and student achievement. The standards foster a common understanding of what education leaders’ jobs entail.”

The refreshed standards will further clarify roles and responsibilities for educational leaders, guiding how they are prepared, what is expected in their daily work, how they will be supported, and on what they will be evaluated. The standards will be rooted in both research and effective practice highlighting the most important characteristics of education leaders, operating within today’s education context.

The Wallace Foundation, a national philanthropy that has supported research and work on improving educational leadership for more than a decade, gave grants totaling $1 million over two years to CCSSO to lead a large part of the leadership standards work. Several experts are serving as leaders on this project, including Cibulka, who also is president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Joseph Murphy, the Frank W. Mayborn chair and associate dean for special projects at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and Michelle Young, executive director of University Council for Educational Administration and professor of educational leadership at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. These experts are joined by more than 70 principals, superintendents, state education departments’ staff, and education professors to refresh the current ISLLC and NELP standards, including Curry professor and UCEA Associate Director, Pamela Tucker, and Curry doctoral students Amy Reynolds and Erin Anderson. 


Last Day to Submit Reviews for the 2014 Convention Proposals

This is a reminder to submit your review assignments for the 2014 Convention. If you have already done so, thank you for your promptness, and please disregard the message below.

Review assignments for the 2014 Convention are due today, June 2nd, at Midnight EDT.

Reviews that are not completed will put the reviewer's own submissions at risk for rejection. To access your review assignments, please login to the Proposal Submission Site.

Should you have any questions regarding proposal reviews, please contact by 3 PM EDT today. 


Request for Proposals to Edit and Host the Journal of Research on Leadership Education

The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) requests proposals to host the editorial functions of its influential Journal of Research on Leadership (JRLE). Established in 2005, JRLE is a peer refereed electronic journal (e-journal) published three  times a year as part of the SAGE Education Bundle. The journal publishes the latest developments and research on leadership preparation and professional development, serving as an increasingly important source for innovative program ideas and program improvement research and regularly publishing special issues related to important current topics in the field. This is an exciting opportunity for the new editor, with potential for taking the journal to its next phase of progressive growth. JRLE has continued to expand its reach, fast becoming the go-to journal for educational leadership faculty to learn from each other. Host responsibilities will begin in Summer, 2015. Please click HERE for more information.


2014 Call for Awards - Extended Deadline

UCEA 2014 Awards Deadline Extended to June 15, 2014

In order to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions toward the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children, UCEA encourages you to nominate individuals for the following awards who you believe deserve recognition for their efforts and excellence within the educational leadership community.  You may also access more detailed information on each award by clicking on the name of the award below, or by visiting our website at and selecting a specific award from the Awards dropdown menu:
The following awards (except the last) have an extended deadline of June 15, 2014:
▪   Edwin M. Bridges Award, given by UCEA annually for original, outstanding work in the area of research and/or development that contributes to our knowledge and understanding of how best to prepare and support future generations of educational leaders.
▪   The Roald F. Campbell Award, given to senior colleague recognizing a lifetime of excellent achievement.
▪   The Jack A. Culbertson Award, given to a professor in the first six years of his or her career for some outstanding accomplishment.
▪   The Master Professor Award, given to an individual faculty member whose record is so distinguished that UCEA must recognize this individual in a significant and timely manner.
▪   The Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award, given to a educational leadership faculty who have made substantive contribution to the field by mentoring the next generation of students into roles as university research professors, while also recognizing the important role(s) mentors play in supporting and advising junior faculty.
▪   Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation, given by UCEA to a program within colleges and departments of education that demonstrates exemplaryeducational leadership preparation. Theaward is inspired by UCEA’s core mission toadvance the preparation and practice ofeducational leaders for the benefit of allchildren and schools, and the recipient(s)will be given a significant cash award. Pleasevisit the specific award page for moreinformation as the nomination requirementsfor this award differ from the others listedbelow. Letter of Intent to ApplyDeadline: May 23, 2014; MaterialsSubmission Deadline: June 27, 2014
Nominations for these awards are welcome from faculty member(s) of UCEA member institutions and partner institutions. Please note that the requirements for the “Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Award” are different and more extensive given the nature of the award, see the web link provided to access the list of these requirements. All other awards should include electronic submissions which include:

▪   the candidate's curriculum vitae;
▪   a letter addressing the contributions of the nominee relative to one or more of the selection criteria;
▪   support letters from individuals who have been directly mentored by the nominee, and/or individuals who can attest to the nominee's mentoring strengths, are strongly encouraged.
The deadline for submissions (other than the EELP Award) is June 15, 2014.
A UCEA committee appointed by Executive Director Michelle Young will review and evaluate the nominees. This committee will reserve the right to present this award to multiple candidates on any given year, or conversely, not to present this award should nominees not fully meet the selection criteria.

Please send nominations electronically to

Questions?  Please call UCEA Headquarters at (434) 243-1041 or email us at