Western Academic Leadership Forum

Forum 2012 Annual Meeting

Academic Leadership in the West: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Innovation

April 18-20, 2012 | phoenix, AZ
Hosted by: Arizona board of regents and Arizona state University 




Location: Hyatt Regency Phoenix

1:30-4:30 pm

Forum Executive Committee Meeting

5:30-5:45 pm

Stephanie Jacobson, Forum Chair; Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Arizona Board of Regents

5:45-6:30 pm

The New American University: Facing the Future Now
In the wake of the recent global economic crisis and an ongoing need in the U.S. for a better educated work force, colleges and universities need a new set of assumptions that encourage institutions to innovate and differentiate and become useful to their local communities, while seeking solutions to global challenges. According to Newsweek Magazine (August 2008), Arizona State University is “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning”. Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will describe his vision for and the implementation of the New American University to address these very real challenges.
Michael Crow, Arizona State University

6:30-7:15 pm


7:15-8:30 pm





Locations: Hyatt Regency Phoenix and The Cronkite Building

7:30-8:45 am

Breakfast Briefing: Common Core State Standards – Update on Higher Education’s Role
A spokesperson for each of the two systems that are being designed to assess student progress and success with the Common Core State Standards will update us on the progress made since our last meeting. Among other topics, they will describe the role that higher education has played in their activities during the past year, discuss how cut scores will be set, including whether or how cut scores might be moved over time, and describe the hoped for relationship between cut scores and college-readiness.
Moderator: Jane Sherman, Washington State University
Speakers: Allison Jones, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Cheryl Blanco, Southern Regional Education Board

8:45-9:00 am

Welcome & Meeting Overview
Stephanie Jacobson, Forum Chair; Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Arizona Board of Regents

9:00-10:15 am

Hitting the Trifecta via Shared Governance: Increasing College Completion, Enhancing Learning and Strengthening Academic Integrity
Faculty frequently views the credentialing and completion agendas as a threat to learning and academic integrity. The work of the Education Trust on closing achievement gaps suggests that there are ways to create transformational change in student success rates while simultaneously strengthening shared governance, learning, and academic integrity.
José Cruz, The Education Trust

10:15-10:30 am


10:30-11:45 AM

Getting to Know You: Nurturing an Exchange of Views about Educational Objectives and Learning Strategies
Over the last 20 years, there’s been an explosion in research on cognitive development and learning. More recently, policymakers and analysts have been exploring the possibility of establishing a shared understanding of the learning experiences and outcomes that should define different degrees. But faculty are largely uninvolved in these conversations, and off-campus analysts are often unaware of their experiences. Research on cognitive development and learning may provide a way for faculty and external stakeholders to identify a shared agenda for identifying critical educational objectives and learning outcomes.
Moderator: Sam Gingerich, South Dakota Board of Regents
Speakers: Norman Jones, Utah State University, Norma Ming, Nexus Research Center, David Paris, New Leadership Alliance for Learning and Accountability, Michael Tanner, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities

NOON-1:15 pm

Lunch and Federal Decisions: Implications for States and Institutions
Recent federal funding decreases in Pell, GEAR UP, and TRIO programs and new regulations regarding the credit hour definition, gainful employment, and state authorization—to name a few—are having an impact on the way states and institutions operate. What effects are some of these decisions and others having now and what are their implications for the future? Are other decisions on the horizon?
Terry Hartle, American Council on Education

Pearson Learning Solutions logo

1:15-1:30 pm


1:30-2:45 pm

What Constitutes a Quality Degree & Its Purpose: A Look at the External and Internal Forces
There is an increasing interest in college completion and what students should know when they graduate. Many universities, foundations, states and the federal government are establishing targets, performance measures, and regulations in an effort to ensure the credentials students receive are high quality and meet defined purposes. Panelists will present initiatives their agency is promoting that will require institutional considerations and possible change. Audience dialogue on the opportunities and challenges these initiatives create in strengthening academic integrity will follow.  
Moderator: Sona Andrews, Oregon University System
Speakers: Paul Gaston, Kent State University, Tom Sugar, Complete College America, Rosemarie Nassif, U.S. Department of Education, Paul Thayer, Colorado State University

2:45-3:15 pm

Walk to the Cronkite Building: 555 N. Central Ave

3:15-4:30 pm

Conversation with the Author--The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
Join this lively conversation with the author. What are the disruptive technologies, economies, and expectations that our universities are facing and what does it take to ensure that our universities develop, evolve and continue innovating? Explore with us what education will look like in the future, what changes are needed, and how we will be challenged and can benefit from the disruptive innovations we are facing in the 21st century?
Henry J. Eyring, Author—Brigham Young University-Idaho

4:30-5:30 pm

Tour: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication
The Cronkite School’s $71 million building in the heart of downtown Phoenix opened for classes Aug. 25, 2008, following a breakneck 18-month construction project that was launched after Phoenix voters overwhelmingly approved a bond issue that included the Cronkite project. The six-story building—which also houses one of the country’s largest PBS stations, KAET/Eight—is an ultra-modern structure of glass, steel and concrete. Students have access to state-of-the-art technology, including seven professional newsrooms and media incubators, seven other digital computer labs, 17 fully mediated classrooms, nearly 1,000 classroom seats and 280 digital workstations. A special feature is the 1,500-square-foot gallery housing hundreds of artifacts of the history of journalism, including articles from the school’s namesake, Walter Cronkite.

5:30 pm

Return to hotel.
Dinner on your own.



Hyatt Regency Phoenix

7:30-9:15 am

Breakfast/Forum Annual Business Meeting
Stephanie Jacobson, Forum Chair

9:15-9:30 am


9:30-10:30 am

The New Normal: Doing More With Less
The economic downturn has played havoc with higher education budgets. Most institutions are grappling with how to do much more with a lot less. Have all the good times rolled on by? What’s the outlook for higher education in the future? What are some of the new financial models and strategies that institutions will use to thrive?
John Curry, Huron Consulting Group

10:30-11:30 am

Leading Faculty and Students to Real Improvements in Student Success
Research seems to show that student retention and completion vary widely even among apparently similar colleges and universities. This session will highlight key innovations that some institutions have embedded into the fabric of the university to change the faculty and student culture and result in more students achieving their learning goals.
Diana Natalicio, University of Texas El Paso


Meeting Wrap-up and Adjournment
Stephanie Jacobson, Forum Chair