Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders


The Future of Community Colleges: Thriving in a World in Flux

March 22-24, 2017
Long Beach, CA

*Download the 2017 FINAL Program
(accessible version available upon request)


Schedule at a Glance

Preliminary Program Print Version (accessible version available upon request)


The Westin Long Beach Hotel

12:00-4:30 pm Registration Open
1:00-4:30 pm Alliance Executive Committee Meeting (executive committee members only)
5:00-6:00 pm Welcome to California Reception
6:30 pm Networking Dinners


The Westin Long Beach Hotel

7:30 am-5:00 pm Registration Open
7:30-8:15 am Breakfast 
8:15-8:30 am Welcome to the Alliance Annual Meeting!
8:30-9:15 am Policy, Philanthropy and You: A Practical Dialogue with Funders
9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-10:15 am The Great Unbundling of Higher Education
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • Making Strides in Competency-Based Learning for Positive Impact on Student Access and Completion
  • What’s the Marketplace View?
11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30-12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • Making Sense of the Mind Boggling Credential Explosion
  • Skillful: Connecting Middle-Skill Job Seekers with Employers & Educators
12:15-1:15 pm Awards Luncheon
1:15-1:30 pm Break
1:30-2:15 pm A Revolution in Higher Education: Tales from Unlikely Allies
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • Affordable Course Materials: Open Educational Resources (OER) and Other Options
  • Guided Pathways: Steering Students through College and Beyond
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
  • Improving Student Retention the iPass Way
  • Next Generation Information Services for Students
4:15-4:30 pm Break
4:30-5:15 pm Aligning Expectations across the Generations in Education and the Workforce
5:15-7:00 pm Pearson Reception
  Dinner on your own 


The Westin Long Beach Hotel 

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast and Alliance Membership Meeting
9:00-9:15 am Break
9:15-10:15 am Perspective Matters: Measuring Student and Institutional Success
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-11:00 am Academic ad Economic Alignment: A Web-Based Tool for a Real-Time Look
11:00-11:30 am We’re All About Change
11:30-11:45 am Wrap-up and Adjournment