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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.


College costs increase at about twice the inflation rate. 

Headlines like the one above are not surprising to UCEA members.  

  • How are your insitutions, departments, and leadership programs thinking about and addressing this issue? 
  • What changes in your student populations have you noticed as prices have increased?  
  • Have you noted other changes?


JCEL Spotlight Interview with Dr. Brett Geier

JCEL Spotlight Interview with Dr. Brett Geier (Listen to the interview here.)

Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership ( March 2014 Spotlight Interview series - The Wall Between Church and State Begins to Crumble: One Small Community's Struggle With Sectarian Influence in the Public School


Call for Nominations: The 2014 Exemplary University-Based Educational Leadership Preparation Award

Quality leadership preparation is essential to quality leadership practice. Research reveals an important relationship between preparation and leaders’ career outcomes, practices and school improvement efforts. Exemplary university-based educational leadership preparation programs have authentic, powerful and field-embedded learning experiences that connect research and theory with practice. To celebrate exemplary programs and encourage their development, UCEA has established an Award for Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation.  This award compliments UCEA’s core mission to advance the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of all children and schools.

Leadership educators are invited to nominate their programs for recognition at the 2014 UCEA Conference. The program or programs (up to three) judged as most worthy of recognition will receive a significant cash award. In addition, the award winning program(s) will be recognized at a session during the 2014 UCEA Convention, on the UCEA website, and through a case-study publication.

This award will be made to programs within colleges, schools and department of education. For example, university-based programs preparing leaders to lead in elementary, middle or high schools, or programs focusing on the development of district level leadership are eligible for recognition. More than one program within a department, school or college of education may apply.

Award Criteria:  Contributions will be judged on the extent to which the program: 1) reflects current research on the features, content, and experiences associated with effective leadership preparation, and 2) has demonstrated evidence of program effectiveness.  The Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (Young, Crow, Murphy and Ogawa, 2009) addresses both of these criteria in depth. Please visit The Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Award page for the full set of award criteria.

Application Procedure:  To nominate your program, please visit The Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Award page of the UCEA website and follow the below instructions:


Step One: Read through the award criteria and instructions

Step Two: Submit a statement of intent to apply (through the link) by May 23, 2014.  Upon receipt of a program’s intent to submit an Award Application, the program contact will be invited to an Award Dropbox Folder folder where program application materials should be deposited.

Step Three: Prepare Parts I-V of the Award Application as described at the above url.

Step Four:  Save each part of the Award Application as an individual PDF file in the designated Award Dropbox Folder .  Please note each file should be named according to the corresponding part of the Award Application (e.g., Part.I.PDF, Part.II.PDF, etc.)

Please Note: All materials must be submitted by June 27, 2014


2014 Call for Proposals is Now Open!

The University Council for Educational Administration is pleased to open the 2014 Call for Proposals.

Access the UCEA Convention Proposal Submission Site to submit your proposal, sign up as a reviewer, and volunteer to serve in a leadership role.

Proposals must be submitted by May 5th, 2014 in order to be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the 2014 UCEA Convention program.

When preparing your proposal, please consider the 2014 UCEA Convention Theme.

We strongly encourage everyone who is submitting to please refer to our Proposal Submission FAQ. Should you have any additional questions, please email us at


Click here to submit your Convention Proposal for consideration


Fresh Thinking, Fresh Ideas

One of the many roles of Executive Committee members is to work with institutions that seek to become new members of UCEA and they often find the review process to be an unexpected window on the vibrancy and diversity of our field. Our colleagues in educational leadership programs across the country, almost 100 strong in UCEA, are doing great work. Through site visits, program reviewers learn about robust partnerships, engaging curricula, meaningful field experiences and innovative instructional approaches. Here are some highlights on two programs we admitted as new members to UCEA this past year. I'll share information on other new members in the coming months. Extend a welcome to our new colleagues and learn more about some of your peer institutions.

Howard University      PSR: Dawn Williams

  • Howard University’s commitment to preparing educational leaders dates back to 1890 and for nearly a century and a half, it has been quietly actualizing its mission to improve and expand educational opportunity and access, particularly for African Americans and other underserved communities.
  • It is uniquely positioned – both historically and geographically – to contribute to and strengthen the faculty pipeline for African American scholars.
  • Howard’s School of Education is home to the Journal of Negro Education, one of the oldest continuously published periodicals by and about African American educators and a vehicle for the dissemination of research to a national audience.
  • The Department of Educational Administration and Policy (EAP) offers two degree programs (MEd and EdD) and one certificate program (CAGS) designed to prepare graduates for school leadership, higher education administration, and policy.

Loyola Marymount University     PSR: Elizabeth Reilly

  • The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private religiously affiliated university founded in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions. As a modern Catholic university, LMU is dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual growth, social justice, excellence in teaching and scholarship, and the free and unencumbered exchange of ideas.
  • The leadership program provides experienced educators and community leaders with the tools, theories, and experiences needed to succeed in transforming educational settings into inclusive and equitable learning environments
  • Leadership for social justice is threaded throughout the credential, master’s, and doctoral programs, and is embedded in every course.
  • The LMU School of Education offers a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Social Justice as well as a Master of Arts in Administration, a Master of Arts in Catholic School Administration, and a number of certificate programs.