Western Academic Leadership Forum


Calibrating Your Leadership Through New Landscapes

April 22-24, 2015
Boise, ID


Presentations and Handouts

Look to Your Left, Look to Your Right: Those Students Will Thrive!

Remember when university presidents “welcomed” their freshman classes with ominous pronouncements about their impending failure? Today, we recognize that message does not do our students, our faculty, or our nation any favors. By changing our message, our expectations, and our services, we can move away from the “failure factory” model of the past to a future where students receive a rigorous education of the highest standards accompanied by the tools and support they need to succeed.

Promising Approaches to Assuring Quality in Student Accomplishment 

Documenting what students know and are able to do as a result of their postsecondary experience is fundamental to the quality and effectiveness of American higher education. While more institutions are collecting more evidence of student learning than ever before, the tangible benefits to students and academic institutions are embarrassingly modest. In this session we’ll consider several approaches to assuring quality that promise to make assessment and institutional improvement efforts consequential.

Addressing the Value Proposition in Higher Learning 

The public and nonprofit higher education sector is beset as never before by public and policy maker questioning of both the value of higher education and the values of the decision makers inside the institutions. Most academics in turn think the public has it wrong, and point to data about both the economic and social value of investments in higher education. They think with better information, more aggressive ‘messaging,’ and smarter institutional branding, that higher education can educate the public and policymakers about the inherent wrongness of their perceptions. This session will explore the reasons behind the perceptual gaps about higher education from inside the academy and from outside of it, and strategies that might be used to forge more informed decision making for the future.

In the Know: Federal Update

What’s up at the U.S. Department of Education? 

Creating a Culture of Student Success Grounded in Data Analytics

Universities are increasingly seeking to leverage technology, research, and predictive analytics to improve graduation rates by uncovering hidden insights into the patterns of academic success and failure, and deliver actionable intelligence to advisors and retention specialists. But analytics alone won’t solve the problem without best practices for changing the culture around how data is integrated into the workflows of administrators and frontline advisors. This panel will explore how one institution, Georgia State University, has partnered with the Education Advisory Board to transform advising and executive decision-making to realize impressive student success gains.


Leadership Style, Approaches, and Culture

Leadership doesn’t occur within a vacuum. A good leader must maneuver within the culture defined by the institution, the position and the larger community. What variables should a leader watch for? How does one think systematically about which approach is going to fit in a given culture? An innovative and successful leader in higher education for many years, Dr. Haeger will discuss his strategies for navigating a variety of settings and cultural environments and lessons learned along the way.

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Western Academic Leadership Academy

NANSLO Overview