Lamborn-Hughes Institute


Strengthening the Student-Centered Research University

August 6-8 l Colorado State University l Fort Collins, Colorado

About the Institute

The Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU) is delighted to invite applications for the Lamborn-Hughes Institute (LHI). Selected teams will be invited to gather over three days on the main campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to address issues that they have identified as a priority for their respective institutions. Each team will work with a dedicated faculty member as well as benefit from structured opportunities for networking.

In 2019, its inaugural year, the LHI welcomed teams from: University of Virginia; University of Texas at Austin; University of South Florida; University of Nebraska; University of Kentucky; Purdue University; The Ohio State University; University of Kansas; George Mason University; Emory University; and Colorado State University. In 2022, the LHI welcomed teams from: Kansas State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Utah, University of Arizona, University of California, San Diego, University of Delaware, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Colorado State University.

The Lamborn-Hughes Institute is dedicated to the proposition that superior undergraduate education and broad-based student success require innovative student-centered approaches and myriad effective collaborative partnerships across units. Horizontal collaboration is key. Institute teams are therefore typically composed of leaders from a variety of units (e.g., academic and student affairs; enrollment management; diversity, inclusion, and equity; institutional research, etc.).

The Lamborn-Hughes Institute celebrates the collaboration between Alan Lamborn, former CSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs & Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities Executive Director, and Blanche Hughes, CSU’s current Vice President for Student Affairs and Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities Board Member.

Application Deadline

May 3, 2024 (extensions by request)

Institute Faculty

Reprising their roles from 2022, UERU is pleased that the 2024 LHI Faculty are Bethany Usher (chair), Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Radford University, Board President of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and former Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at George Mason University; Anne Alexander, Assistant Dean, College of Business, former Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and former Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Initiatives at the University of Wyoming; and Daryl Joji Maeda, Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Participation Criteria

  • We will select up to 10 teams of between 5-to-10 leaders who will enjoy three days of immersive study with peers.
  • Teams will benefit from opportunities for discussion and structured networking before presenting campus-specific action plans.
  • Teams will receive support from experienced faculty (before, during, and after the Institute), as well as benefit from plenary sessions.
  • Participating teams will address their own institutional needs, but typical issues include:
    • Closing student achievement gaps
    • Increasing graduation success
    • Faculty engagement/partnerships
    • Curricular/co-curricular engagement and learning
    • Boyer 2030-inspired initiatives to meet “the equity/excellence imperative”

Institute Fees

UERU Members

  • $375/team member
  • $169/night at The Hilton


  • $625/team member
  • $169/night at The Hilton

Participating teams are responsible for travel to and from Fort Collins and all extraneous expenses. Registration fees provide for some meals (see schedule), consulting, staff support, and materials.


The Lamborn-Hughes Institute will be held on the main campus of Colorado State University and a room block is reserved at The Hilton Fort Collins. LHI participants may wish to stay at The Elizabeth, The Armstrong, or other Fort Collins hotels, but The Hilton Fort Collins is the most affordable accommodation within walking distance of meeting locations. For more on Fort Collins and Northern Colorado and A Weekend in Fort Collins (Forbes).


(general flow only; subject to revision)

Monday: Hotel Check-in


Team Meetings

Welcome Luncheon 

Team Meetings

Opening Reception

Dinner on the Town      


Optional Horsetooth Trail Hike/Outdoor Yoga


Team Meetings/Pair-Share

Luncheon Program

Team Meetings

Dinner on the Town



Team Presentations

Concluding Luncheon

Application Process

Teams from Research I (very high) and II (high research activity) universities are welcome to apply. We recommend that teams are led by academic and student affairs leaders, including Provosts, VPSA/SLs, and UVPs (which include Vice Provosts, Associate Provosts, Deans of Undergraduate Colleges, etc.), and that teams be comprised of strategic leaders whose responsibilities are university-wide and include student success and well-being as well as equity and excellence.

While we do not prescribe the size of teams, we recommend 5-to-10 as ideal. UERU leadership and LHI faculty will select up to ten applicant institution teams. We seek to serve those best poised for innovation on behalf of student-centered research universities and pursuit of equity/excellence.

To apply, submit a proposal (5 single-spaced pages maximum; 2 or 3 pages preferred!) to Steve Dandaneau, UERU Executive Director and CSU Associate Provost, with the following elements:

  • Primary Contact (including name, title, postal and e-mail address, telephone)
  • Proposed Team Membership (including names, titles, and brief position descriptions)
  • Context (what factors motivate the applicant institution’s desire to participate?)
  • Principal issues (which challenges are of greatest concern to the applicant institution?)
  • Desired outcomes (what would the applicant institution most want to achieve?)
  • Possible contributions (what might the applicant institution contribute to the Institute?)
  • Philosophical Statement (why a student-centered research university? Equity/excellence?)

Appendices are welcome but are neither necessary nor expected. If, however, data or existing studies might help the selection committee better understand the proposal narrative, please feel free to include them as supplements. We also welcome queries concerning the selection process but know that selections will be made based on the overall strength of proposals as well as with a goal of assembling a complementary and thus maximally productive group of teams. The value of the Institute is shaped not only by the faculty and setting, but by the willingness of participants to engage one another and share their expertise and experience. This last is a hallmark of both the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities and Colorado State University.


…a great opportunity to inspire collaboration.

— Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA, and Boyer 2030 Commissioner

The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities applauds the [Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities]'s new initiative, The Lamborn-Hughes Institute. It is important to deepen the collaboration and research between student and academic affairs. Educating the whole student has long been the mission and privilege of Public Research Universities, and the high-quality education involves the integration of academic and student affairs. This initiative will help leverage and synthesize all of this work to increase student success.

— Peter McPherson, now President Emeritus, APLU and Boyer 2030 Commission Co-Chair


Steve Dandaneau, Executive Director (

Lamborn-Hughes in 2019 and 2022

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