2017 Forum Annual Meeting | Meeting Home


Designing for Quality in Higher Education Facet by Facet

April 26-28, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT

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As chair of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, I want to invite you to join us for our annual meeting in Salt Lake City, April 26-28, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Designing for Quality in Higher Education Facet by Facet.” Higher education does not have a clear definition of ‘quality.’ Yet, we recognize it in how we teach, how our students demonstrate learning, and how we collaborate with colleagues to steadily improve our enterprise. The concept of ‘facet’ is demonstrated in the honey comb built collaboratively by bees which you see in the unique cover design of our conference brochure. For us, ‘facet’ means the phases and elements of how we approach and approximate quality. Our joint reading Teaching Small by James Lang, our presentations on assessment and assignment design, the panel on quality, and our discussion on underprepared students and inclusive diversity all contribute to our understanding of quality and how to get there. Incidentally, Utah is called the ‘Beehive’ state. Thus, the picture of a honey comb captures the character of the state’s industrious people and the intent of this meeting: working together to build upon and recreate quality in our enterprise. We look forward to welcoming you to our great state and to our meeting. We’ll leave with new ideas and a path to quality that will be demonstrated facet by facet in our classrooms, in the work of our faculty and students, and in the decisions we make as academic leaders.

Photo of Teddi Safman  

Phyllis "Teddi" Safman, Forum Chair
​Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Utah System of Higher Education

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 program topic areas, who are accompanying those above at their invitation.