2018 Forum Annual Meeting | Program


Breaking through the Noise: Messaging for Maximum Impact

April 25-27, 2018
Vancouver, WA

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Location: Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

9:00 am - noon

Closing Seminar: 2017 Academy (cohort and faculty only)

Noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch for Academy Cohort, Faculty, and Executive Committee

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Executive Committee Meeting (executive committee members only)

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Opening Reception

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Welcome Dinner and Keynote – Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community
Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this talk will address the why, what and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify features of diverse learning communities—schools, universities and academic disciplines—that while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally, and for women in STEM fields. The talk will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.

Introducer: Dan Howard, New Mexico State University

Speaker: Claude Steele, Stanford University


7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 - 8:15 am


8:15 - 8:30 am

Welcome and Meeting Overview

Renny Christopher, Washington State University Vancouver

8:30 - 9:30 am

Taking the Temperature of Today’s Student Body
For many students, the college experience is the gateway to career and life success. For others, it is a constant struggle to balance the demands of college with those of life. While some students are dealing with mental health issues, others are facing food and shelter insecurity making our goals for student success much more challenging to achieve. What are the effects of some of the social determinants on our students? What can we learn from the data on our students’ wellness? How do we tell this story successfully to stakeholders so that it leads to more understanding and resources? Our panelists will engage in thoughtful dialogue around these and other important questions.

Moderator: Laura Woodworth-Ney, Idaho State University

Speakers: Sona Andrews, Provost Emerita, Portland State University; Carlos Crespo, Portland State University; Hannah Koch, WICHE

9:30 - 9:45 am


9:45 - 11:00 am

Storytelling Secrets: How to Make Your Message Resonate with Legislators & Other Key Stakeholders 
The challenges faced by higher education institutions are increasingly complex. How can we help legislators and other key stakeholders understand some of these issues and effectively engage with us as partners in developing solutions that will lead to increased student success?  Let’s hear what these WICHE commissioners with experience on both sides of the conversation can share with us.  

Moderator: Clayton Christian, Montana University System

Speakers: David Buhler, Utah System of Higher Education; Barbara Damron, New Mexico Higher Education Department; Representative Gerry Pollet, Washington House of Representatives

11:00 - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Lightning Round: Telling the Compelling Wellness Story
In our role as chief academic leaders we need to help our stakeholders understand the challenges our institutions face in meeting the goals for students’ success, given the diverse needs of today’s student population.  Join this session to participate in very frank roundtable discussions among colleagues about the lessons learned from both successes and failures when speaking to critical audiences on this very important topic.

Discussion Leader: Gail Burd, University of Arizona

Table Hosts: 
Greg Benson, Utah System of Higher Education
Karen Carey, University of Alaska Southeast
Beth Freeburg, University of South Dakota
Vicki Golich, Metro State University of Denver
Kamel Haddad, California State University, San Marcos
Kelly Long, Colorado State University
Megan Selheim, University of Wyoming
Donald Straney, University of Hawaii System

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Awards Luncheon
During this year’s award luncheon, we’ll tell you about an exciting new process
whereby you will be involved in selecting this year’s award winner. 

Transforming How We Teach; Great Opportunities and Challenges
Research advances have led to new teaching methods that produce large improvements in outcomes for all undergraduate students, particularly those at-risk, but the implementation requires expertise that few faculty have.  The challenge for universities is; how can we change the culture so faculty collectively value and learn this expertise, and what support will make this learning most efficient and effective.  This session will discuss issues and solutions.

Introducer: Renny Christopher, Washington State University Vancouver

Speaker: Carl Wieman, Stanford University

1:15 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 2:30 pm

Delivering the Right Message at the Right Time in the Right Way for the Right Effect 
Today’s students and faculty are inundated with messages from sun up to sun down and most of the time in between.  What are some effective strategies that ensure our communications will rise above the rest with one or both audiences?  How can we deal with some of the ethical and boundary challenges that arise with the use of social media?

Moderator: Paul Turman, South Dakota Board of Regents

Speakers: Carina Beck, Montana State University Bozeman; Michael Caulfield, Washington State University Vancouver; Laura Malcolm, Civitas

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Scaling Up Boutique Student Success Efforts for Broader Impact
A plethora of student success initiatives abound in the K-12 and two-year sector and
some are making a real difference for students. More effective counseling of high school
students, guided pathways, apprenticeships and lifelong learning are just a few of these
efforts. Yet, many are boutique in nature, providing excellent service to those they reach.
How will some of these efforts scale in the future to ensure more students benefit from
their first-rate services? How are student expectations and opportunities in
the four-year sector likely to change as a result? 

Moderator: John Cech, Montana University System

Speakers: Patrick Briggs, AVID; Kimberly Green, CareerTech

3:30 - 3:45 pm


3:45 - 4:45 pm

Good Ideas with the Evidence to Prove It!
In this fast-moving session, we’ll hear about some of our members’ exciting ideas, how they brought them to life, and what evidence exists to verify their success.  Each speaker will have just two minutes to tell us all about it. What a great way to wrap up the day with a whole collection of new, proven ideas to try out back home!

Emcee: Veronica Dujon, State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission


AK: Using iPads at a Distance – Karen Carey, University of Alaska Southeast

AZ: Using PeopleSoft to Collect Data and Report on Faculty Credentials for the Higher
Learning Commission Qualified Faculty Requirement – Gail Burd, University of Arizona

CA: How to Spread the Effective Use of Data Effectively on Campus – Brian Jersky, California State University, Long Beach

CO: Diversifying Faculty and Staff - Strategies that are Successful – Vicki Golich, Metropolitan State University of Denver

HI: Opening the Front Door to Students: A Strategy to Move from Tension to Fun – Michael Bruno, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

ID: Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Council – Selena Grace, Idaho State University

MT: Improving Academic Outcomes: From Math Pathways and Co-Requisite Education to Freshman 15 – Robert Mokwa, Montana State University

ND: Barrier Busters to Promote Graduation and Retention - Debbie, Storrs, University of North Dakota

NM: Aggie Pathway to the Baccalaureate – Greg Fant, New Mexico State University

NV: NevadaFIT Freshman Academic Bootcamps – Joe Cline, University of Nevada Reno

OR: Improving the Student Experience: Interactive Degree Planning – Randi Harris, Portland State University

OR:  Are We in Touch with Learners of the Future – Susan Walsh, Southern Oregon University

Improving the Student Experience: Interactive Degree Planning – Randi Harris,
Portland State University

SD: Implementing Block General Education Transfer – Paul Turman, South Dakota Board of Regents

UT: Alternative Quantitative Literacy Completion Strategies – Michael Lacourse, Dixie State University

WA: Quick Tips for Managing a Major Institutional Change: Shift in Budget Models – Gail Mackin, Central Washington University

WY: Wyoming’s 2+2 Program-Level Transfer Articulation Agreements – Mary Aguayo, University of Wyoming

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Reception hosted by Pearson
Before dinner on your own, join us for a complimentary reception to network and mingle with peers, exchange ideas, and learn how your colleagues are implementing Inclusive Access to improve access and affordability. Look in your email inbox for registration information.


Dinner on your own


7:30 - 8:45 am

Breakfast and Forum Annual Membership Meeting

8:45 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 10:00 am

Artificial Intelligence & Its Place in the Future of the Professoriate
Leaders are worried. Businesses are being disrupted at an ever increasing pace and technological advances are converging to create unprecedented dislocation. Identify what these are and how you can turn them to your advantage. Terry reviews the to 10 technical forces of disruption and more importantly shows the new business models that result. 

Introducer: Joe Cline, University of Nevada, Reno

Speakers: Terry Jones, Artificial Intelligence Expert and Founder of Travelocity

10:00 - 10:15 am


10:15 - 11:00 am

Lightning Round: Preparing our Faculty for the Intriguing Future of Teaching and Learning
The faculty role is evolving and so must our professional development strategies to help ensure that teaching and learning at our institutions are the best they can be.  In roundtable discussions, we’ll talk about some of the successful approaches being used today that we can build upon, as well as explore new ideas that could help prepare faculty for the type of future we just heard about. Finally, we’ll discuss messaging strategies to inspire faculty to embrace this exciting future.   

Discussion Leader: Gail Burd, University of Arizona

Table Hosts: 

Jack Crocker, Western New Mexico University
Deb Hedeen, University of Montana, Western
Cher Hendricks, University of Idaho
Martin Klotz, WSU Tri-Cities
Tony Scinta, Nevada State College
Laura Woodworth-Ney, Idaho State University

11:00 - 11:45 am

Tackling Wicked Problems from Campus: The Critical Role of University Centers, Faculty, and Students as Key Local Resources for Deliberative Engagement
Democracy requires high quality communication to function well, but unfortunately such communication is rare. Indeed, due to the increasing hyper-polarization that dominates our political landscape, our communities are struggling to talk about much less address difficult issues. Universities, however, have significant capacity and potential to serve as critical mediating institutions and take more responsibility for elevating the quality of public discourse in their local communities by adopting a passionately impartial role and supporting deliberative engagement.

Introducer: Renny Christopher, Washington State University Vancouver

Speaker: Martín Carcasson, Colorado State University and Board Chair, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

11:45 - noon

Meeting Wrap-up and Adjournment