Enrollment Leadership Academy

The Enrollment Leadership Academy (ELA) is a year-long program focused on leadership skills, strategic enrollment management, and developing the next generation of enrollment leaders.

ELA is designed for experienced admissions and financial aid professionals who are committed to advancing the field of enrollment management.

There is no cost to participate in ELA and College Board will pay for National Forum fees; however, all other travel expenses are the responsibility of members or their sponsoring institutions.

ELA Member Responsibilities

Members are required to attend virtual and in-person meetings throughout the year facilitated by experienced education professionals. Topics covered include:


  • Leadership and management
  • Management skills and best practices
  • Career development
  • Community-Driven Leadership in Higher Education

Strategic Enrollment Management

  • Strategic enrollment planning
  • Data-driven practices
  • Financial aid
  • Retention and completion

College Board

  • College Board mission
  • Membership and governance
  • Assessment and enrollment products

ELA members also complete a small-group capstone activity.

How ELA Nominations Work

ELA members must first be nominated by a supervisor or colleague, and then selected to participate by the College Board. This selective program maximizes learning and networking among members across the entire cohort. Ideal nominees will have:

  • 5–10 years of experience in financial aid or undergraduate admissions
  • A demonstrated commitment to the field of enrollment management
  • Significant potential for advancement

The nomination window for the year’s ELA cohort typically opens in the spring, and nominations are solicited via our nomination form. All nominations will be reviewed as a group. The nomination submission window for the 2024-2025 ELA cohort has passed. The 2025-2026 ELA nomination window will open in Spring 2025.