2020 Alliance Annual Meeting

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WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Redefining College: Becoming the Partner of Choice
for Students, Business, and Your Community

2020 Alliance Annual Meeting Moving to an Online Webinar Series! stay tuned for additional details

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After much deliberation and careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Alliance Annual Meeting.

The continuing spread of the COVID-19 makes it impossible to move forward with our event. We have heard from many registrants who have informed us that their institutions and organizations are recommending against or have already restricted nonessential travel, both domestic and international. We are sincerely disappointed to share this news, but it is clear there is no other responsible path forward.

However, we are developing plans to offer a significant portion of our wonderful meeting program in an online webinar series over the next two months —a positive way to engage our Alliance community in the midst of this COVID pandemic. Please stay tuned for additional information!

Please cancel your individual flight reservations.

We encourage you to utilize the Alliance-All Listerv to share relevant information among our members as we navigate the unprecedented impact of this situation on the higher education system and the demands it is placing on our member institutions.

Keynote Speaker: "Higher Education and
American Economic Mobility"

Ryan Craig

Ryan Craig
Managing Director
University Ventures

Ryan Craig is the co-founder and managing director of University Ventures. Craig’s commentary on where the puck is going in higher education regularly appears in the Gap Letter, Forbes, TechCrunch, Inside Higher Education, Fortune, HR Dive, and VentureBeat, among others. He is the author of A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College and College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education.

Other Speakers

Prioritizing Sector Partnerships

James Ogsbury

James Ogsbury
Executive Director
Western Governors Association

Josh Wyner

Josh Wyner
Founder and Executive Director
Aspen Institute


"If Students Come to Us Because They Want Jobs,
Is Giving Them Jobs Enough?"

Ralph Wolff

Ralph Wolff
The Quality Assurance Commons
for Higher and
Postsecondary Education

Featured speakers on the following topics:

  • What We Didn’t Know About Higher Education: Student Perspectives
  • Reimagining College to Better Serve Rural Areas
  • Putting Wellness First on Two-Year Campuses
  • The Future of Work and the Role of Higher Education
  • Statewide and College Approaches for Promoting Equity in Washington State
  • Building an Equity Mindset for Personal, Professional, Organizational, and Systemic Transformation

Other agenda items to include:

  • Award Luncheon
  • Networking Dinners

See the Full Schedule

Contact Kay Hulstrom, khulstrom@wiche.edu, for more information