RLI Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member of AABHE to attend RLI?

No, applicants do not need to be members of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) to participate in RLI. However, membership in AABHE is strongly encouraged.

How can I pay the application fee?

Applicants can pay the fee by credit card, purchase order, or check.

Please make your check payable to AABHE or American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and notate in memo field “RLI”. Checks may be mailed to:

AABHE Leadership & Mentoring Institute

C/o VP for Academic Affairs

Arkansas Tech University

1509 N Boulder Ave

Russellville, AR 72801

To pay by purchase order, please contact us at aabhe.lmi@gmail.com for details.

Can I wait to pay the application fee after I am accepted?

No, only complete applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. A complete application includes the following: RLI Participant Application, Resume’/Vitae, and Payment of $150 Application Fee.

How soon will I hear whether I have been accepted?

Applicants should expect to hear of their status within a month of the application deadline via email. Applicants placed on a waiting list will receive an email indicating their wait list status.

Will you return my application fee if I am not accepted?

Yes, the application fee will be returned within 6 weeks of the application deadline.

How many applicants will be accepted?

The number of applicants selected to participate in the Institute varies depending on the applicant pool.

If I am not accepted in May, is there any possibility that I will be able to participate this year?

Possibly. Sometimes accepted applicants are unable to attend for various reasons. However, you will be contacted no later than May 28 if there is space available and to determine if you are still interested in attending the Institute.

If I am accepted to the Institute and confirm my acceptance but due to extenuating circumstances I am unable to attend, what should I do?

Accepted applicants must submit a refund request to the RLI Director (aabhe.lmi@gmail.com) no later than June 1. All refund requests received by the deadline will be reviewed and processed within one week. Refunds are subject to an administrative fee of $50.

Will I have time to do work such as email, fax, conference calls, etc.?

No. The intensive format of the Institute will provide little or no time for individuals to engage in work-related or personal activities. Therefore, it is very important that participants take care of time sensitive matters prior to to the start the Institute and not expect to be engaged electronically during the Institute.

Will we be required to do any work prior to the Institute?

There may be some required reading or completion of assessments prior to your arrival. Participants may also need to prepare materials for discussion/evaluation of their portfolio. Specific information about reading and other materials required in preparation for the Institute will be provided before the start of the Institute.

What time do sessions begin and end?

Institute sessions begin at 11:00am, Eastern and conclude no later than 5:30pm, Eastern with wellness breaks during that time frame.