Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders

Initiatives

The Alliance Executive Committee met in July 2010 to identify its initial areas of interest and for collaborative activities. The following goals and objectives were the outcomes of that discussion.

 

Goals and Objectives 2010-2014

  1. Strengthen the collective of community colleges and technical schools in the Western Region through the articulation of commonalities and identification of assets and resources that can be leveraged.

    Objectives:
    A) Create a web-based regional asset map of educational resources, demographic and economic trends, and consortium and other opportunities.
    B) Launch membership in the Alliance consortium, define bylaws, and elect officers.
    C) Attain funding to underwrite the initial work of the Alliance consortium.
     
  2. Develop partnerships to position community colleges and technical schools as integral providers of education and training necessary for the continued socioeconomic development of the Western Region.

    Objectives:
    A) Host five forums bringing together stakeholders with the intent to move from rhetoric to reality on these issues: accountability and performance-based funding; remediation; shared general education core; K-12 curriculum alignment; and workforce preparation for 21st century.
    B) Identify and publish information about promising practices on these topics via the WICHE Academic Leaders Toolkit.
     
  3. Provide leadership and set the imperative for the critical assessment of existing academic programs and practices in community colleges.

    Objectives:
    A) Create white papers on important issues to set context for intra and inter institutional discussions and reviews of current practices.
    B) Establish a voice to be heard at the national level in higher education policy discussions.
     
  4. Catalyze innovation in community colleges and technical schools by identifying emerging issues, creating vision for a new agenda and advocating for collective action.

Objectives:
A) Host an annual meeting featuring innovative practices among academic leaders of two-year institutions, systems, and state agencies.
B) Develop an award program to honor visionary academic leaders from the two-year community.