Mentorship and Exemplar Development

One-on-one mentorship and consultative support to develop the systems and structures of an Exemplar institution.

Systemic

Change through mentorship

The mentorship program is a highly engaging and customized management support for institutions committed to reviewing and implementing high-impact structures in their institutional systems. It is designed to enable existing institutions with proven efficient systems to share their framework and blueprint of success with peers on the continent who seek to raise the quality of their outcomes. All institutions commit to building and maintaining student-centeredness in a system that produces highly employable and entrepreneurial graduates. Enrolment is for whole institutions or departments and covers program or curriculum development, faculty and administrative staff, academic and student services systems.

Why This Program?

Exemplary higher education is student-centered, innovative, and continually relevant to the development needs of the continent. Exemplar institutions are uncompromising in reaching for excellence in the systems that improve their student outcomes. The mentorship program will develop more institutions into exemplars for the continent. The Education Collaborative identifies the partnerships and raises the resources needed to implement and sustain the change it would take to achieve excellence. Mentee institutions ensure strategic alignment and dedicate resources for the sustainability of the change implemented. 

Application PROCESS

What we look for in a mentee institution:

1. The institution is recognized as a registered entity and is accredited or in the process of acquiring accreditation from statutory bodies in the country of operation.

2. The institution has an active institutional leadership team and maintains a positive public reputation and image.

3. The institution is set to grow, and access to dedicated mentorship and resource support from peer institutions in Africa will significantly support sustainable growth and improved outcomes.

Applications for this level are reviewed twice a year in April and October. 

Contact Rose Dodd at rdodd@ashesi.edu.gh to learn more or sign up below.

 

The core of our vision is to develop exemplar institutions that are uncompromising in achieving excellence in quality student outcomes. And we are committed to raising the partnerships and resources needed to implement the change it would take to achieve that. With the mentorship program, we are building an incubator of sorts where engaged institutions commit to systemic change and get the focused support and resources they need to create and sustain it.
– Rose Dodd, Director, The Education Collaborative

Why this program?

Exemplary higher education is student-centered, innovative, and continually relevant to the development needs of the continent. Exemplar institutions are uncompromising in reaching for excellence in the systems that improve their student outcomes. The mentorship program will develop more institutions into exemplars for the continent. The Education Collaborative identifies the partnerships and raises the resources needed to implement and sustain the change it would take to achieve excellence. Mentee institutions ensure strategic alignment and dedicate resources for the sustainability of the change implemented.

The program is designed to reflect the following:

  1. Build shared ownership: The deliberate, collaborative mentorship pairings build shared ownership of the transformation process at the regional and continent level.
  2. Foster trust, community, and partnership: The peer-to-peer approach fosters a sense of trust, community, and partnership among higher-ed institutions and stakeholders for the overall growth of higher education.
  3. Tailored solutions: The one-on-one design ensures context-relevant and customized approaches for each institution enrolled.
  4. Shared innovation: Engaging multiple institutions in the process means speedier transformation and growth in the overall higher-ed system.

Institutions enrolled in the mentorship program commit to a 3-year transformation plan facilitated by the Education Collaborative and lead by peer Exemplar partner institutions. Focus areas for change include executive leadership development, strategy planning, and implementation, and academic and non-academic student services development. Institutions also build systems for sustainability throughout the process, including structures to facilitate mobilization of resources and long-term strategic planning.

Key Collaborators for Change

The Mentor

Exemplar PartnersExemplar institutions in the sub-regional hubs on the continent provide mentorship for enrolled institutions based on their areas of proven experience and expertise. Towards the transformation agenda, they work closely with mentee institutions to build lasting systems to become exemplars themselves. Multiple mentors work with enrolled mentees over the three years. Each mentee institution has one primary assigned mentor. 

 

The Mentee

Exemplar-track Institutions: These are the beneficiary institutions of the mentorship program. To be eligible, an institution needs to be accredited in an African country, have clear leadership and mission, and commit to our shared values of collaboration, ethics and leadership, entrepreneurship, and citizenship. Participants in mentorship work through a plan to drive the targeted change at their institution. Mentees are responsible for ensuring the implementation and sustainability of the transformation processes started in the organization. 

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…Being under Ashesi’s mentorship has been amazing; not only do we engage during the annual Collaborative, but also, we get the chance to work with Ashesi faculty and staff throughout the year to implement many things. As we grow, we are confident that we will be better placed to help provide the best kind of education to our future leaders.

Amoudou Boukar

Dean, African Development University, Niamey Niger