MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I am so excited to welcome you to our 2018 annual meeting in Seattle. This year’s theme, Changing the World or Changing with the World, summarizes well the topics that will be presented during our two-day meeting. As in years past, the program presents topics that are of great importance to academic leaders at community colleges and others in the higher education fi eld. The executive committee worked diligently to narrow the suggestions that were provided to us in last year’s meeting evaluation and from other sources to ensure that this meeting continues to meet your needs by providing the latest research, best practices and contemporary speakers on issues with which we are all dealing.
My greatest hope is that these presentations generate rich and meaningful discussions during the meeting so that we all return to our campuses with ideas that lead to action plans. One of the most consistent comments made about the annual meeting is that “The networking with so many provosts and academic vice presidents is one of the most important and useful features of the meeting,” and I hope you will fi nd this to be true again. I encourage you to fully engage in the conversation, ask provocative questions and become a part of the force that will either change the world or change with the world.
On behalf of the members of the Alliance’s Executive Committee and staff , welcome!
Lita Burns, Alliance Chair
Vice President for Instruction, North Idaho 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 may be facing now.
- 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