Message from the Chair
Presidents who are former chief academic officers have commented to me on the challenging jobs that CAOs have. Presidents have also said chief academic officers hold the most important jobs at their institutions, responsible for quality teaching and learning for their students, the core purpose of a college.
We operate in a dynamic environment with increasing attention to community and technical colleges as a key solution to developing talent across the workforce, closing skill gaps in our economies and providing opportunity for social and economic mobility for individuals and families. A daunting challenge but one we know how to meet.
The Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (The Alliance) provides an excellent opportunity for instructional leaders across western states to connect and learn from each other, strategies, tactics, best practices. The Alliance too is dynamic. Your executive committee works hard on your behalf to feature innovations at the annual meetings, to identify ways that states and colleges can collaborate on mutually beneficial projects and grants, and provide high quality professional development opportunities for instruction leaders.
Check out the website for more information about Alliance sponsored initiatives and member benefits. We look forward to your participation.