Message from the Chair
On behalf of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders I bring you greetings as the 2018-19 Chair. The Alliance exists to serve academic leaders at community colleges and higher education systems in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) region with an excellent blend of visionary thinking, state-of-the-art practice and innovative leadership dedicated to advancing the success of our students. By consistently engaging major issues that are vital for institutional change, student success, workforce preparation and policy reform, the Alliance provides an ideal forum for WICHE community college leaders to engage the distinctive issues and needs within our region.
The Alliance facilitates communication and collaboration across a 16-state network through the Alliance Listserv. Questions submitted to the Listserv receive immediate responses, referrals and other valuable information that enhances our shared knowledge base, builds effective collaboration and sustains innovation. The Alliance also sponsors an annual conference which focuses upon key issues, trends and challenges facing community college leaders in the 21st Century. Conferences are carefully planned to highlight major community college trends and developments in workforce education, instructional technology, student degree and certificate completion, curriculum reform, diversity and inclusivity and many other vital topics. The Alliance annual conference provides many opportunities for our members to showcase best community college practices in the WICHE region while engaging national experts, innovators and leaders in education, business and industry and government.
The Alliance website provides information and links to major WICHE initiatives such as the Interstate Passport and the Academic Leaders Toolkit. The Spring 2019 Alliance conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are not a member, please consider joining the Alliance and becoming part of a premier organization and community of outstanding, dedicated professionals who boldly embrace the complexities and unique challenges necessary to empower community college students for lifelong success.
Clifton Sanders, Alliance Chair
Provost for Academic Affairs
Salt Lake Community College