The NCPRE Principled Academic Leadership: Transforming Challenged Units (TCU) consortium offers support for institutions in dealing with units that are troubled or challenged in their ability to function effectively. Consortium resources help identify the features that characterize flourishing academic units and the ways in which academic units can develop these difficulties. The TCU consortium offers, among other resources, early-warning indicators for identifying challenges before they become incapacitating, as well as approaches and solutions for addressing those challenges. Building on our experience in academic administration and leadership, NCPRE supports the Consortium in developing concepts, labels, tools, and approaches for dealing with challenges in a principled, pragmatic, and effective manner.

Through membership, institutions gain access to NCPRE resources and strategies, as well as the opportunity to work with NCPRE staff and affiliated experts in invitation-only working conferences for institutional leaders who are dealing with challenged units and who want effective strategies for tackling these challenges. Each conference includes a limited number of selected attendees who bring their experience and wisdom to collaborative discussions on the challenges faced.  Participants are guided through the development of problem-focused strategies based on our experience with effective practices, tailored to the particulars of each case.

Our collective aim is for participants to leave with actionable strategies for the problems they face.

TCU conferences usually take place in spring in Chicago.  For more information, please contact us at or 217-333-1416.

We have provided and academic diagnostic tool, called AUDiT, that you can use to get started on understanding your unit’s relative health. You can also read our recent publication, Academic Leadership Development.

For more information about NCPRE, please visit our website. We invite you to peruse our Leadership Collection for more on becoming an academic leader and fostering academic leadership.