Academic Leaders Toolkit

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

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.

Peer-reviewed resources to support your success

Perhaps your president has turned to you to ask, “Can you develop a program prioritization plan for our institution?” Or, “How quickly can we scale up a new plan for articulated pathways, or curriculum mapping?” Such initiatives can help an institution evolve with the students and communities it serves—yet they also can be time-consuming, stressful, or amorphous without good reference sources to rely upon.

The Academic Leaders Toolkit is a peer-reviewed repository of programs and practices that have been successfully deployed in postsecondary institutions around the West. Organized along dozens of topic categories–from quality assurance to workforce training, from student advising to community engagement–Toolkit resources help college and university academic leaders make prudent decisions, develop new initiatives, build upon efficiencies and peer expertise, and better support their students and institutions.

Developed jointly by the Western Academic Leadership Forum and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders–and administered by WICHE–the Academic Leaders Toolkit continues to grow thanks to regular new submissions from around the WICHE region and beyond. You can submit your own program to the toolkit, or search existing Toolkit assets to find a topic or program most relevant to you.

2019 Academic Toolkit Winners


Forum Winner: (left to right) Pat Shea, WICHE; Joe Baumann, TIAA; Vicki Golich, Chair of Forum, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Daniel Campbell (Winner), University of Idaho; Greg Benson, Utah System of Higher Education.


Alliance winner: (left to right) Doug Murray, New Mexico Military Institute; Kaylyn Bondy (Winner), Williston State College; Tim Rogers, Chemeketa Community College.