Strategies and Best Practices for Native Student Attainment

A webinar highlighting strategies for supporting and retaining Native students led by institution leaders at Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions.

Impact of COVID-19: Strategies to Retain Native Students

A webinar highlighting strategies for supporting and retaining Native students led by institution leaders at Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions.

New Year, New NCOER Initiative (National Consortium for Open Educational Resources)

State leaders, postsecondary education institutions, and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (OER) to help millions of students access high-quality learning materials that are free to use, customize, and share. OER are free for students, and they make it easy for faculty to personalize lessons and textbooks to engage students with fresh, relevant content.

Join us for a conversation with Tanya Spilovoy, WCET’s director of open policy, and representatives of each of the four regional higher education compacts—the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—and learn more about the new initiative.

Register today for “New Year, New NCOER Initiative” on January 14 at 10:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM MST / Noon CST / 1:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

The 60 Year Degree: Learning Without Boundaries

The boundaries of learning and earning are intersecting in increasingly complex ways. The “traditional” approach – prescriptive pathways of degree attainment, followed by a long career – can no longer be the norm in a dynamic and rapidly changing social and economic landscape. Many of the jobs degree-seeking students will have do not even exist – and the current model too often locks out the students who stand to gain the most from higher education’s democratic promise.

How do we in higher education support learners on a journey where knowledge and skill attainment takes place over an entire lifetime? How can we be more nimble as institutions to provide just-in-time opportunities and more accessible resources for learners over the course of their lives?

Join our experts for a discussion about the shifting demands of learners and employers and the challenges and opportunities ahead for institutions. Points of discussion will include:

  •     The case for shaking up the model of degree attainment-employment-retirement.
  •     How an extended lifetime will impact careers.
  •     Emerging models, including Stanford Open Loop University.
  •     The ROI of life long learners as students to the institution and employers.

Register today for “The 60 Year Degree: Learning without Boundaries” on January 21 at 11:00 AM PST / Noon MST / 1:00 PM CST / 2:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

New Graduate Projections with WICHE: A Planner’s Discussion of Enrollment and Admission Trends

Reliable data are essential for planning as the nation, states and educational institutions respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by major demographic changes and other current events. Join the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for an in-depth discussion stemming from high school graduate projections, from the 10th edition of Knocking at the College Door.

Submit your questions to in advance to shape the discussion and learn how this data, looking forward 15 years, can help you grapple with the tightening high school graduate supply that many institutions are experiencing.

Campus Wellness in the COVID Era: Practical Tips and Tools

Students, faculty, and staff continue to be impacted by COVID.  As the pandemic extends beyond 2020, the effect of “COVID fatigue” is taking its toll on mental wellness. Learn about the long-term impacts of an extended crisis on health and wellness, what challenges this creates for campuses, and what strategies and tools institutions are implementing to support students, faculty, and staff.

For more information regarding this virtual meeting series and registration for this webinar, visit here.

Weathering the COVID-19 Economic Superstorm

The pandemic and recession are forcing institutions to rethink current budgeting practices moving forward. With recent state funding cuts and the future restoration of state education appropriations and tuition revenue in decline, how are institutions responding and what are they doing to be more strategic during these times?

Register today for “Weathering the COVID-19 Economic Superstorm” on December 4 at 12:00 PM MST. This webinar takes place via Zoom.

Making the Case for the Recognition of Learning

Individuals often gain valuable college-level knowledge and applicable skills on the job, during military service, through certifications, or from life experiences. Formally recognizing this learning through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) makes it possible for students to earn academic credit for nontraditional learning. Eight out of 10 U.S. higher education institutions offer one or more PLA options to students, but it’s still not always easy for students to earn credits for a variety of reasons. Those that are able to earn PLA credits are more likely to complete their degree or credential –and to save time and money doing so.

Along with Lumina Foundation, WICHE invites you to join a discussion on December 10th with noted experts (including WICHE’s own Patrick Lane and Sarah Leibrandt) about the power of recognizing prior learning to support student success.

Digital Learning Regulatory Outlook: The Impact of the Pandemic and Elections

This webcast is open to WCET and SAN members.

What regulatory changes are in the air for online, blended, remote, or any other form of digital learning that you are currently offering?

The session begins with a review of the prospects of what the recent election may mean for changes for higher education, financial aid, funding, and regulations.

Next, we will highlight how the regulations change when a course is transformed from a face-to-face to digital format. These changes are highlighted in the publication: Pursuing Regulatory Compliance for Digital Instruction in Response to Covid-19: Policy Playbook. Faculty might not realize that making this transition is as if they have crossed an invisible state line and the laws have changed. Funded by Every Learner Everywhere, advice is given about how administrators may help in assuring compliance.

Be prepared to ask your questions.

Register today for “Digital Learning Regulatory Outlook: The Impact of the Pandemic and Elections” on December 3 at 11:00 AM PST / Noon MST / 1:00 PM CST / 2:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Digital Learning

Educational opportunity and economic success are intertwined and a college degree enables students to accomplish their career goals and aspirations. Yet, as a society, we must confront the fact that a high-quality education was long unjustly denied to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, low-income students, and first-generation students. The shift to remote learning unmasked challenges for colleges and universities in delivering quality, equity-focused education. Higher education must do better for these students moving forward, and we believe that it starts with digital learning. Join our panel of higher education professionals for a provocative conversation about equitable teaching practices and digital learning that foster student-centered learning and cultivate a culture of inclusion.

Register today for “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Digital Learning” on December 9 at 10:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM MST / Noon CST / 1:00 PM EST. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom.