Guiding Principles


AFIT provides its members inspired learning, development, and networking opportunities focused on customer-driven value, innovation, transformation skills and techniques, and long-term sustainability. We stimulate organizational change through a unique team-based learning approach and engagement with partners outside of higher education.


To become the nation’s foremost authority on innovation and organizational transformation in higher education.


  • We believe that innovation and transformation rather than incremental change is necessary for long-term sustainability in higher education.

  • We believe that collaborative learning and sharing knowledge is of key importance to move organizations forward.

  • We believe practices that are effective in bringing success to organizations in other sectors can bring about that same success in higher education.

  • We believe that our members are the lifeblood of the organization and we strive to provide customer-driven value in all of our initiatives.

  • We believe that our workforce is critical to our success and seek to provide the level of support necessary to enable them to excel.

AFIT Member Experience

The Alliance for Innovation and Transformation (AFIT) is dedicated to providing an inspirational and transformative experience for all members, guiding them to explore pathways for innovation. This experience is defined by:

  • An engaging atmosphere that stokes curiosity, fosters creativity, challenges mindsets, and champions change.
  • Accessible and inclusive programming that promotes innovation and yields actionable solutions and strategies that drive organizational transformation.
  • Year-round collaboration that connects colleagues from different member organizations, thereby enhancing impact and fostering broader engagement.

Supporting this member experience, AFIT commits to:

  • Leadership and decision-making processes that mirror inclusive trajectories of change and growth.
  • A continuous learning journey shaped by members’ diverse needs and interests.
  • A meticulously curated calendar filled with timely, relevant CEO-centric, campus representative, and asynchronous events and programs.
  • A proactive communication strategy paired with a robust infrastructure that empowers members to pursue innovative initiatives, monitor progress, and share best practices.