Alliance 2019 Annual Meeting


Embracing the Brave New World: Higher Education and the Future of Work

April 3-5, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

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On behalf of the executive committee, I am looking forward to welcoming you to our April 2019 meeting in Salt Lake City.  Our theme this year, Embracing the Brave New World: Higher Education and the Future of Work, engages current workforce training and education challenges for community colleges. We will also learn about how advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and technology promise to radically change the nature of work and, perhaps, the role of higher education in preparing the workforce of the future. We are looking forward to presentations from national experts, from industry and education leaders, and we will hear from panels about best practices, the latest research, and training partnerships with K-12, business, and industry. Our hope is that these sessions and activities generate meaningful discussion and enrichment for all participants.


I am especially excited that annual meeting participants will have an opportunity to tour Salt Lake Community College’s new, state of the art Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center, which opened in August 2018. This facility is a model of successful partnerships between higher education, government, business, and industry for delivering high quality technology training to meet business, industry, and community needs for decades to come. 


The 2019 Alliance annual meeting will be a great opportunity for provosts, academic vice presidents, administrators, our generous sponsors, and community college partners and stakeholders to engage, interrogate, reflect, and embrace the brave new world of higher education.

Photo of Clifton Sanders  

Clifton Sanders, Alliance Chair
Provost for Academic Affairs, Salt Lake 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 may now be 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