Strengthening policymaking in the West
In support of WICHE’s mission, the WICHE Commissioners created the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) in 1995 to inform the commission and staff about significant legislative issues related to higher education; provide input on WICHE initiatives; and advise staff on program considerations related to WICHE’s policy workshops. Today, the LAC also works to strengthen state policymaking in higher education in the West by engaging legislators who are appointed by the WICHE Commission in the discussion of relevant higher education issues and by seeking strategies for interstate collaboration. The LAC meets annually (generally in September), and members are invited to other WICHE activities, such as policy forums and webinars.
Each WICHE state and territory is allotted up to four LAC members. Each LAC member serves a two-year term and may be reappointed at the discretion of their state’s WICHE Commissioners. WICHE Commissioners who are state legislators are automatically appointed to the LAC.
Director of Policy Initiatives and State Authorization, Policy Analysis and Research
Christina Sedney is the Director of Policy Initiatives and State Authorization at WICHE, where she works on a variety of topics including the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA), approaches to serving underrepresented student populations, higher education governance issues, and policy solutions for adult learners. Prior to WICHE, Sedney worked for international nonprofit Teach For All and completed a fellowship with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She also held multiple roles with the AmeriCorps program City Year, from classroom-based corps member to project manager on their public policy team. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.