Training and Education

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Data and analysis, along with input from institutional vice presidents, inform and shape the training and education services of the Center for Enhancing Philanthropy (CEP). At the heart of an expanded CEP is the Advancement Academy, the first of its kind university system-led training program. The Academy offers the opportunity for approximately 900 advancement professionals throughout the UT System to improve their professional skills. 

The Academy is focused on delivering a core curriculum to develop talented advancement professionals for UT institutions. It also offers special advanced topics of interest. Sensitive to the importance of career development, Academy programs are designed for the new hire, rising star, and high-performing professional. 

Summer Boot Camp is a special Academy feature offered in conjunction with the Talent Management program. Boot camp is a one and a half day experience designed for new hires and newly promoted individuals. It provides them with an overview of the UT System and how to navigate it successfully, career development suggestions, basic skills in their field, and an opportunity to network. 

On a biennial basis a System Seminar is convened for all UT advancement professionals including development, communications, marketing, and public affairs officers to meet and learn from experts and each other through a structured two-day program. Awards are presented by the Chancellor for exemplary results and programs. 

Institutions may also request customized training to meet their particular needs. These training and education opportunities include but are not limited to training with deans, development boards, and specific staff members.

Still other training and education opportunities arise with special presentations to institutional vice presidents of research, chief business officers, and presidents.