Western Allianced of Community College Academic Leaders logo2019 Alliance Annual Meeting Program

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

Location: Marriott Salt Lake City, City Center

Noon – 5:30 pm

Registration

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Executive Committee Meeting
(executive committee members only)

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Tour: Salt Lake Community College’s Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center
The Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center was designed to provide training in a flexible, high-quality space that benefits business, industry, and the surrounding community. The 121,000-square-foot building provides space for collaboration with industry partners in multiple fields and provides students interested in technical careers with a one-of-a-kind, one-stop educational center. You must register in advance! Meet in the hotel lobby at 1:45 pm.

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Welcome Reception and All That Jazz
Join us for a lovely evening reception where you can meet up with old friends and make new ones while you listen to some great music by the G Brown Quintet! Since 1991 The G Brown Quintet has made an indelible mark upon the jazz music scene in Utah and beyond. This award-winning group has headlined numerous venues, festivals, concerts and special events, garnering acclaim for up-front, unpretentious, “killin’ straight ahead” jazz delivered with passion and outstanding musicianship. You’ll won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear this talented group starring our esteemed Chair Clifton Sanders on the saxophone and flute! For a sneak preview, visit https://www.facebook.com/GBrownQuintet/.

6:30 pm

Networking Dinners
Join your colleagues for some lively conversation about a topic that concerns you. We will reserve tables for dinner at several nearby restaurants to be hosted by members of the Alliance Executive Committee. You can sign up for your preference when you register. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their dinner.

Table Hosts:

  • Lita Burns, North Idaho College
  • Joyce Hammer, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
  • Peter Quigley, University of Hawaii System

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

7:00 – 5:00 pm

Registration

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 am

Welcome to Utah and the Alliance Annual Meeting!
Clifton Sanders, Salt Lake Community College and Alliance Chair

8:45 – 9:45 am

Keynote: Touring the WICHE Region: Perspectives from Its New President
As WICHE’s new president, Demi Michelau has been touring the region, meeting with Commissioners, legislators, and other stakeholders in each state. What has she been learning about some of their challenges and opportunities? How is this shaping her thinking about WICHE’s role going forward? How does she see community colleges contributing to a stronger future for higher education in the West? We’ll hear about all this and more. And, she’ll welcome your questions, comments, and advice.

Introducer: Clifton Sanders, Salt Lake Community College and Alliance Chair

Speaker:

9:45 – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 – 10:45 am

The Only Thing New in the World Is the History You Don’t Know: Education in a Weirding World
The title, an observation attributed to Truman, is widely valid–but not about our futures. After a brief explanation of what futures studies is and is not, I will discuss two colliding, long-ongoing, waves of change that WICHE institutions need to prepare to surf since they are obliterating expected relationships between education and the economy: artificial intelligence leading to full unemployment, and global climate change that will require us to work harder and smarter than ever before.

Introducer: Peter Quigley, University of Hawaii System

Speaker: 

James Allen Dator

University of Hawaii at Manoa

10:45 – 11:00 am

Break

11:00 – 11:45 am

Education Beyond High School Is the Name of the Game in the WICHE Region
Almost no state is exempt when it comes to employer demand for workers with postsecondary education. High school is no longer enough for most workers to enter the middle class. With more than 800 occupations and 2,000+ majors for students to choose from, college decisions are even harder today. This session will cover the education and economic trends in the WICHE region based on the Georgetown Center’s recent research.

Introducer: Lita Burns, North Idaho College

Speaker:

Tanya Garcia

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Awards Luncheon
Join us for some stimulating conversation and to congratulate the winner of the 2019 Bernice Joseph Academic Leaders Award.

Host: Douglas Murray, New Mexico Military Institute

Award Presentation: Tim Rogers, Chemeketa Community College (OR)

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Break

1:15 – 2:15 pm

Funding the Future; Funding Relevance
For many years, there have been concerns about the function, purpose, effectiveness, and relevance of higher education institutions. Funders have expended considerable investments in helping more students be successful by challenging institutions to rethink pedagogy. Now, the focus is on coherent course offerings that provide pathways through the institution. This begs the questions: what happens next? How well are institutions taking up the challenge to bridge pathways through the institution into the workforce? Is higher education ready to move beyond acceleration and effectiveness to assessing the living wage and the economic relevance of their program offerings? And, if the four-year campuses are still reluctant to address these issues, should community colleges take the opportunity to reboot the CTE option as its primary focus with an eye toward future jobs?

Moderator: Joyce Hammer, Washington State Board of Community and Technical Schools

Panelists: 

Beth Bean

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Strada Institute on the Future of Work

Holly Zanville

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Lumina Foundation

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Brave New Workforce: Generational and Cultural Competencies for Higher Education Institutions
The future of work presents two major challenges to U.S. higher education: (1) responding to increases in technical, metacognitive (problem solving), and social competencies required for new and evolving entry-level jobs in key economic sectors, and (2) preparing an increasingly sociocultural diverse student population for the rapidly changing nature of work. How are institutions currently engaging these areas? How should community colleges think about change and responsiveness as we face the future?

Moderator: Deborah Kish, Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ)

Panelists: 

Kurt Ewen

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Houston Community College

Jack Friedlander

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, President Emeritus, Santa Barbara City College

Magda Rolfes

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Steve VanAusdle

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, President Emeritus, Walla Walla Community College (WA)

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 – 4:30 pm

Breakouts: Diving Deeper Dialogue

Building a Strong Workforce: Drawing on the insights from two diverse community colleges, participants will discuss opportunities and challenges in developing programs to prepare students and employees to be successful in a rapidly changing workforce.

Jack Friedlander

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, President Emeritus, Santa Barbara City College

Steve VanAusdle

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, President Emeritus, Walla Walla Community College (WA)

Strategies to Retain the Next Generation of Students: Many colleges struggle to retain their students beyond the first term and leaders admit they feel even less equipped to serve future students and Gen Z who are likely to have even greater social/emotional, mental health and learning needs. Adapting colleges to meet students’ goals requires rethinking the academic portfolio and adapting delivery for students who have increasing pressure on their time. Find out the state of the two-year sector when it comes to guided pathways implementation and the top three insights from 1600+ college leaders and faculty on their experience making community college easier for students to navigate.

Magda Rolfes

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

From Data to Actionable Information: Data Use and the Student Experience in Community College: Most colleges and universities are awash in data but data use (institutional effectiveness) remains one of the most commonly cited areas of non-compliance in SACSCOC schools 35+ years after institutional effectiveness requirements were established. This session will consider research on data use in community colleges and discuss ways of improving the community college student experience with data.

Kurt Ewen

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Houston Community College

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Reception Hosted by Pearson
Before dinner on your own, join us for a complimentary reception to network and mingle with peers, exchange ideas, and learn how your colleagues are integrating digital solutions. Learn more and register now!

Dinner on your own


FRIDAY, APRIL 5

7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast and Membership Meeting

8:30 – 8:45 am

Break

8:45 – 10:00 am

Shaping the Future of Work – Improving Student Success
Current community college reform initiatives target the need to improve outcomes (persistence, retention, certificate and degree completion, and transfer) for all students, with special attention to remediating historic outcome disparities based upon racial and socioeconomic status. Many reform programs are heavily informed by statistical research, predictive analytics, and advances in behavioral economics. This session will review best practices and equity perspectives for improving student success in higher education.

Moderator: Eric Leshinskie, Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ)

Panelists: 

Sachi Horback

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Clark College (WA)

Kate Smith

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Rio Salado College (AZ)

Michelle Ware

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, MDRC

10:00 – 10:15 am

Break

10:15 – 11:30 am

Industrial Innovations for Engaging Higher Education
As the skills gap continues to expand and the recognition of community colleges as the community’s “first-responders” for future workforce demands, many industries are using innovative approaches to engage higher education. As they recognize the crucial role they can play in student success, industry continues to evolve its ways and reasons for engagement. This panel examines some of the ways industries are making their support a win/win/win for student, community colleges, and industry.

Moderator: Rick Bouillon, Salt Lake Community College (UT)

Panelists: 

Randy Hanson

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Mills Construction Inc (SD)

Kyle Treadway

2019 Alliance Annual Meeting speaker, Kenworth Sales Company (UT)

Chris Reilly

2019 Alliance Meeting Annual speaker, Tesla (NV)

11:30 – 11:45 am

Wrap Up/Adjournment