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2022 Webinars

Academic Program Management and Campus Finance

May 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. MTN

A virtual meeting focused on how Academic Affairs and Finance work together to support and manage academic programs, including program prioritization processes, budgeting for program growth, funding program startups, and program management/closures.

Speaker: Bronté Burleigh-Jones, Chief Financial Officer from American University.

Host: Laura Woodworth-Ney, Academy Program and Mentoring Coordinator.

Bronté Burleigh-Jones

CFO, Vice President and Treasurer , American University

Laura Woodworth-Ney

Academy Program and Mentoring Coordinator

No Holding Back: Administrative Holds Policies and Practices
May 18, 2022
12:00 p.m. MTN

It can be difficult to get the attention of a college student. Professors can always connect with students in class. However, advisors and administrators have few means to command attention, especially if calling, texting, emailing or using the postal service aren’t successful. The ability to use holds to prompt a student to take an action is one of the few resources in an institution’s toolkit. Recent research reveals the ubiquity of this practice, but also the limitations. Members of WICHE’s Western Academic Leadership Forum (WALF) and Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (WACCAL) are invited to attend a one hour webinar to hear about the latest research on administrative holds policies and practices at the state, system, and institution-level from panelists from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), Education Commission of the States (ECS), Ithaka S+R, and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

Moderator: Sarah Leibrandt, Director of Academic Leadership Initiatives, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Panelists: Mary Fulton, Senior Policy Analyst, ECS; Wendy Kilgore, Director of Research, AACRAO; Bryan Dickson, Director of Student Financial Services and Educational Programs, NACUBO; James Ward, Ithaka S+R 

Sarah Leibrandt

Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives, Programs and Services



Bryan Dickson

Director of Student Financial Services and Educational Programs, National Association of College and University Business Officers

Wendy Kilgore

Director of Research, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

James Ward

Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R

Mary Fulton

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States

Institutional Course-Sharing: How Three States are Increasing Student Degree Completion
January 19, 2022
1:00 p.m. MTN

The pandemic has amplified the need for institutions to work together to increase student success and degree completion. Join us to hear from officers at California Virtual Campus, Idaho State Board of Education, and Montana University System regarding their state institutional course-sharing efforts to increase access, improve retention, and aid students to complete their degrees on time.

Moderator: Brock Tessman, Deputy Commissioner, Academic & Student Affairs, Montana University System

Panelists: Jay Field, Senior Vice President for Institutional Partnerships, Quottly; Jory Hadsell, Executive Director, California Virtual Campus; Jonathan Lashley, Associate Chief Academic Officer, Idaho State Board of Education; Joe Thiel, Director of Academic Policy and Research, Montana University System

Jay Field


Jory Hadsell

California Virtual Campus

Jonathan Lashley

Idaho State Board of Education

Joe Thiel

Montana University System