Western Academic Leadership Forum



I look forward to welcoming you next April to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the land of enchantment, and to the Western Academic Leadership Forum’s annual meeting.  The Forum gives academic leaders and decision makers in the West opportunities to exchange ideas and information, share resources and expertise, and collaborate on regional initiatives. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting, Mainstreaming Innovation: Competencies, Credentialing, and Completion, provides us with an outstanding opportunity to affirm our continuing commitment to quality in higher education.

As we explore innovation as a means to achieve bright futures for our students and our institutions, the Forum has assembled outstanding contributors to inform and guide our discussions.  President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University and President Emerita of Winona State University, Dr. Judith Ramaley, will present an initial broad challenge in her keynote: How will we prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century?  The following days will support in-depth discussions of competency-based initiatives, credentialing and innovations in support of student degree completion.

Your active engagement in these upcoming discussions is eagerly awaited!


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Roberta Derlin, Forum Chair
Associate Provost, New Mexico State University


Who Should Attend

In attendance you will find colleagues eager to share the lessons they’ve learned from tackling a host of institutional and academic challenges, including the ones you’re facing.

  • Provosts, vice presidents and directors of academic affairs, and directors of research from public and private bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral institutions

  • Chief executive officers and chief academic officers of systems and statewide agencies

  • Other staff with expertise in the meeting topics who are accompanying those above at their invitation