The Alliance 2014 Annual Meeting | From the Chair


Innovative Thinking Inside the Nested Boxes:
The Academic Leaders’ Challenge

MARCH 12-14, 2014




Dear Colleagues~

I look forward to welcoming you to Greater Phoenix, Arizona where you can enjoy the beauty of the desert and the richness of our diverse cultures! At a time when we are facing demands to do more for our communities with scarce resources, to increase completion rates dramatically, and to adopt new regulations, we come together to engage in conversations about what matters most to us: our students, their aspirations, and their success. We celebrate the significant work we have accomplished in our community colleges and technical schools, and accept that much still needs to get done as we continue to face old and new challenges. We believe, however, that many of these challenges could be, and should be, addressed through collaborations beyond the scope of a single institution or state. So we have designed our gathering intentionally as a place and time for learning, interaction, exchange of ideas, honest discourse, innovative thinking within the Nested Boxes, and collective action. Together, we can explore solutions and build a stronger future for higher education in the West.


Photo of Maria Harper-Marinick

 Maria Harper-Marinick, Alliance Chair

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community College

 Who Should Attend

In attendance you will find colleagues from the WICHE region eager to share the lessons they’ve learned from tackling a host of institutional and academic challenges, including the ones you’re facing.

  • Vice presidents and directors of academic affairs at community colleges and technical schools

  • Chief executive officers and chief academic officers of related systems and statewide agencies

  • Institutional staff with expertise in the program topic areas, accompanying those above at their invitation