Western Academic Leadership Forum

  • Forum meeting Luncheon

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting Luncheon

  • Toolkit Tool of the Year Awards Luncheon

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Toolkit Tool of the Year Awards Luncheon

  • Myron Anderson, University of Texas at San Antonio and PowerPoint Slide: "The Effects of Microaggressions on Faculty of Color

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Myron Anderson, University of Texas at San Antonio presenting during "The Effects of Microaggressions on Faculty of Color" session.

  • Attendees chatting at table

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Roundtable discussion

  • Marvin Lynn asking a question

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Marvin Lynn participating in a discussion.

  • Powerpoint slide: "Great ideas for inclusive and efficient practices in Higher Education"

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - "Great ideas for inclusive and efficient practices in Higher Education" session led by Joelle Lien, Northern State University

  • Jason Younker, University of Oregon, presenting during the "Native American Student Access, Experience, and Success in Higher Education" session

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Jason Younker, University of Oregon, presenting during the "Native American Student Access, Experience, and Success in Higher Education" session

  • Vicki L. Golich, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Vicki Golich, Forum chair, introducing Toolkit Award committee.

  • Forum Chair Vicki Golich and Daniel Campbell, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, University of Idaho

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Forum Chair Vicki Golich congratulates Daniel Campbell, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, University of Idaho for winning this years  2019 Colleagues’ Choice Award. The University of Idaho created a faculty-productivity data tool designed to reduce redundancy and administrative burden for academic deans, chairs, and other senior higher education officials.

  • Layton Cooper, Northern State University

    2019 Forum Annual Meeting - Layton Cooper, Northern State University, presenting his institution's American Indian Circle Program

Message from the Chair

Vicki Golich, Forum chair
Karen Carey


Welcome to the Western Academic Leadership Forum, bringing together provosts and chief academic officers at four-year universities, colleges, and system offices.  The Forum, with its unique focus on the western states, provides opportunities for member to discuss issues and concerns that all institutions.  The opportunities to learn from peers, engage in conversations about specific experiences, and work together for the betterment of all are just some of the benefits of the Forum.


Most recently the accomplishments of the Forum include:

  • Working with the WICHE Commission to take a lead in solving the regulation of online learning that resulted in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and continually following up with changes to SARA
  • Launching the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, an organization similar to the Forum
  • Establishing the Academic Leaders Toolkit repository for best practices in higher education
  • Creating the Western Academic Leadership Academy to develop new academic leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders

Serving as chair of the Forum for the 2019-2020 academic year is an honor for me and I hope you will all join us in Juneau, Alaska for our annual meeting April 22-24, 2020.  The annual meeting includes presentations by nationally renowned speakers, addresses issues of concern to members, “lighting round” sessions to engage with other participants, and provides numerous opportunities to engage with colleagues. I get more out of this conference each year than many others I attend because I have an opportunity to engage with peers about current issues facing us all.  The small size of the conference gives everyone an opportunity to network.

If your institution is not already a member, please consider joining.  Membership is open to all regionally accredited four year institutions and related system offices and state agencies in the WICHE region.  For information on membership click here.

Karen Carey, Forum Chair
Provost, University of Alaska, Southeast

 


Annual Meeting Forum Cover

2020 Forum Annual Meeting: Who Really Matters in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education? 

April 22-24, 2020, Baranof Hotel, Juneau, AK