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2022 Webinars

Developing Culturally Relevant OER with CC ECHO

August 16, 2022 02:00 PM MTN

The California Consortium for Equitable Change in Hispanic-Serving Institutions Open Educational Resources (CC ECHO) has implemented a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework for Open Educational Resources. CC ECHO is an initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Program, by which four California community colleges promote textbook affordability, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to benefit all students. The program provides professional development for integrating DEI in OER and curriculum to create culturally relevant OER through a peer-reviewed process for twenty high-enrolled courses that have limited or no OER available.

We are thrilled to welcome a student moderator, Paul Medina, the Region Vii Regional Affairs Director for the Student Senate for the California Community Colleges. Paul also serves as the co-chair for our Distance Education committee and is a phenomenal student leader. Our panelists are Marty Alvarado, Executive Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and executive committee member of the Alliance, as well as two representatives from West Hills Community College District, Kelsey Smith, OER Librarian, and Ron Oxford, Librarian. Join your colleagues to hear more about one group is doing to advance equity and OER offerings in their state. There will be ample time to share the approach your state, system, and/or institutions are taking and to brainstorm new ideas with your peers.

WCET, WICHE Forum, + WICHE Alliance Fireside Chat: Educational Innovations that have Transcended the Pandemic

July 12, 2022 01:00 PM MTN

Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer with the Chronicle of Higher Education, will lead a fireside chat with members of WCET and WICHE’s Forum and Alliance members in July. Goldie will give a brief presentation on recent innovations in higher education that have lasted through the pandemic and discuss what these means for:

  •  Broader changes across colleges and universities.
  •  Technology adoption and support.
  •  Student expectations.
  •  Faculty and staff expectations and their evolving roles.

Following the overview, small groups will explore trends and innovations at their institutions and why they have stuck.


The session will conclude with a broader discussion about current trends that have become commonplace and emerging trends to think about strategically. The session will take place live via Zoom meeting. Registration is required and limited to 100 members from the following institutions.

Goldie Blumenstyk

Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Innovations and Challenges: Colorado and Beyond
Jun 16, 2022
11:00 a.m. MTN

In partnership with WCET and the Western Academic Leadership Forum

Community colleges across the nation are experiencing similar challenges: decreased enrollments, state funding challenges, and streamlining pathways for degree attainment and transfer. In this upcoming webinar, presidents from several community colleges in Colorado will share how they are responding to these challenges and promising practices the state is using to provide credit and remove barriers for its students.

Mordecai Ian Brownlee

WCET Executive Council, President, Community College of Aurora



Marielena DeSanctis

President, Community College of Denver

Rhonda Epper

President, Trinidad State College

Stephanie Fujii

President, Arapahoe Community College

Student Perspectives: Why Community College Was a Good Choice
March 24, 2022
12:00 p.m. MTN

Students from the WICHE region will share their reasons for attending community colleges, how community college has helped them and their communities, and why community colleges are important to the future of higher education.

Moderator: Landon Pirius, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Colorado Community College System

Panelists: Gerardo Chavez, student, Riverside City College; Kat Marty, student, Northeast Junior College; Hsa Kapru Say, student, Lake Area Technical College

Landon Pirius

Alliance Executive Committee, Colorado Community College System

Gerardo Chavez

Student, Riverside City College

Kat Marty

Student, Northeastern Junior College

Hsa Kapru Say

Student, Lake Area Technical College

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