Preparing for the Institute

Our staff aims to make the week of the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education a stimulating, enjoyable, and productive experience.



Because of the collegial nature of the Institute, participants are reside at Boston College's Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center in Dover, MA. More information about The Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center can be found here.

  • If arriving before July 22nd or departing after July 27th, one needs to make their own accommodations outside of the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center
  • Private bath will be available 
  • Linens provided (pillow, pillowcase, sheets, bedspread, towel)                                             
    Note: Participants are asked to provide any other linens/toiletries/materials that are not otherwise listed here.
  • Institute staff will guarantee and be responsible for all room reservations at the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center


All meals for the week are provided.

  • Breakfast will be served each morning.
  • The daily schedule will designate the times and locations for lunch and dinner.
  • Every evening, refreshments will be available.

Institute Canvas site 

The Institute Canvas site includes a variety of materials, including:

  • A schedule for each day
  • All necessary literature provided by Institute faculty
  • **An email invitation to join the Canvas site will be sent one month prior to conference**


The internet is accessible on all wifi-compatible devices using the Boston College network. Instructions for connecting to the network will be included in the Institute folder on the Canvas site.


Travel accommodations to and from Boston College's Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center for the Institute should be arranged by the participant. Boston taxis provide a convenient, though expensive method of arriving to and departing from The Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center.  Contact information of reputable taxi services is listed below.

  • Metro Cab of Boston : 617.782.5500
  • Boston Cab : 617.536.5010
  • Uber

Personal Toiletries 

Participants are responsible for providing any customary 'day-to-day' toiletries (such as hair dryers and/or irons) that are not listed in the 'What is Provided - Housing' section.


The dress code for the Institute is business casual. 

Electronics & Accessories 

Participants are required to bring and use laptops and tablet devices.  Devices will be used to access the Institute Canvas site (schedule, readings, contact information) and other necessary materials throughout the Institute.

  • Charging devices for electronics are not provided by Boston College.

Q. What is the cost to attend the Institute?

 The comprehensive fee is $2,500 and includes registration, tuition, all Institute-related materials, room and board, and special events. A limited number of partial grants may be awarded based upon indicated financial need. Applicants seeking financial assistance are asked to contact Dr. Michael James at 617-552-0763.

Q. What is the dress code for the Institute?

Business attire is recommended for the Monday evening opening dinner and keynote address.  Business casual attire is suggested for the daily symposium.

Q.  Is the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center on Boston College's campus?

No, The Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center is not located on the Boston College campus. The Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center is located approximately 30 minutes away from the Boston College campus in Dover, MA.

Q.  How do I access the Institute Canvas site?

Participants will be sent an email invitation with login credentials to the Institute Canvas site (schedule, readings, contact information) one month prior to the Institute. The email address that participants provide as part of their application will be their username.  Participants are instructed to enter their login credentials to gain access to the Institute Canvas site (

Q.  What should I do in the case of an emergency?

In the event of an emergency, Boston College police can be reached at 617.552.4444

Following the Institute I returned to Seattle U. to become head of a new division of Mission and Ministry. The Institute was my orientation and provided an immersion into the issues, values, and visions of this important area in Catholic higher education. I benefited from the excellent presentations and the opportunity to engage in discussion with others committed to the mission of Catholic higher education.
Rev. Anton Harris, SJ, Former Vice President for Mission & Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle, WA