Life at Your Pace: Tips for Navigating Campus Life During COVID

Life at Your Pace: Tips for Navigating Campus Life During COVID, is a training led by Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit organization promoting mental health in young adults. Participants will learn about tips and strategies that have proven successful at college campuses across the country. Hosted by Mountain Plains MHTTC (a partnership between WICHE and the University of North Dakota, serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).

Rural Anchor Institutions: Perspectives on Rural Public Colleges as Vital Infrastructure

WICHE is partnering with the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC) for an interactive webinar focused on ARRC’s recent report, Strengthening Rural Anchor Institutions: Federal Policy Solutions for Rural Public Colleges and the Communities They Serve. ARRC researchers will share major findings from the report to describe how rural public colleges enact their anchor institution mission. These findings include the role of rural public colleges in sustaining local economies and fueling community development, providing college-educated workers for high-demand industries, building public health infrastructure, and providing an access point to educational opportunity. A panel of experts will both respond to these findings, offer on-the-ground examples, and suggest additional ideas for policy and practice to leverage the contributions of rural public colleges. This interactive webinar will facilitate guest participation and engagement with the report’s findings and the expert panelists.

Kevin R. McClure, PhD, Co-Director, Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges
Cheryl D. Lovell, PhD, President, Adams State University
Barbara I. Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Government Relations Officer, University of New Mexico

Dual Enrollment in CTE: Making a Case for Student Success

Integrating OER in dual enrollment for career and technical education can lead to student success in K-12 and postsecondary studies.

Details, speakers and registration will be announced soon.

The Cost of OER and Return on Investment

Decision makers at all levels ─ states, postsecondary institutions and K-12 ─ will better understand the perceived costs of OER, cost savings, and the returns on investment.

Counting the Costs   
Tanya Spilovoy, Director, Open Policy, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Getting the Most Value for OER
Gerry Hanley, Executive Director, MERLOT and SkillsCommon

Registration Opening Soon

Creating More Consistency in Cost Savings and ROI Metrics to Build the Case for OER

As part of our work with the National Consortium for Open Educational Resources (NCOER) and thanks to generous support from the Hewlett Foundation, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) has convened a national group of leaders in OER to help advise a study to identify recommendations for reporting cost savings and return on investment for OER. The purpose of this research is to assess the return on investment of OER for students, institutions, and states and to provide a framework that organizations can adapt to their own context to determine the return on investment of OER. During this webinar we will discuss the current progress of this group, what we have learned, and provide some initial findings from the research that will help inform the final release in early 2022.

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Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment: Equitable Access and College Affordability

Using open educational resources in dual enrollment can open pathways to postsecondary education for minority and low-income students.

Charlotte Dailey, Program Specialist, Open Educational Resources, Southern Regional Education Board
Making College More Affordable

Stevie Lawrence, Vice President, Postsecondary Education, SREB
An Overview of Learning Solutions

Robbie Melton, Associate Vice President, SMART Center, Tennessee State University

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Alliance Annual Meeting

The Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (Alliance) is a membership organization that serves as an incubator for collaborating and problem-solving among chief academic officers (or equivalent) at WICHE-region community colleges and technical schools, related systems, and state coordinating and governing boards. 

This is an annual face-to-face meeting for senior academic leaders in this membership organization.

Forum Annual Meeting

The Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum) is a membership organization that serves as a collaborative network to exchange ideas and information, share resources and expertise among provosts, academic vice presidents, chief executives, and chief academic officers at WICHE-region public and private doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s level institutions and related systems offices and state agencies.

This is an annual face-to-face meeting convening senior academic leaders in this membership organization.

Mental Health on College Campuses During a Pandemic

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is pairing with Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) to present a webinar about mental health on college campuses before and after COVID-19.

This webinar will feature two panels: New England college students and leaders of exemplary Active Minds chapters, and New England college campus counselors and behavioral health experts. To introduce the panels, NEBHE and WICHE will provide an overview of relevant data and findings about student mental health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of the Skills Gap: Connecting Education with Career Outcomes

The challenge of the skills gap continues to be a priority for higher education and employers alike. Join WCET as we bring together a panel of thought leaders from George Mason University, the Office of Workforce Development for the State of Missouri, and Wiley Education Services to discuss the current state of the skills gap, the paramount role education plays in closing it, and the value partnerships bring as we work toward closing it together.

Additionally, educators and administrators will be treated to insights from the recent Reimagining the Workforce 2021: Closing the Skills Gap Through Education report. This report highlights responses from a survey of over 600 HR and Learning and Development leaders across a variety of industries. Topics include how the business community values traditional degrees and certifications, the perceived life span of skills, and in-demand skills to consider.

Register today for “The State of the Skills Gap: Connecting Education with Career Outcomes” on May 25 at 11:00 AM PDT / Noon MDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 2:00 PM EDT. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.