Western Academic Leadership Forum




Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

1:00-4:30 pm

Forum Executive Committee Meeting (executive committee members only)

6:00-8:30 pm

Keynote, Reception and Dinner--The College Completion Imperative: Higher Education in 2025
Lumina’s big goal is to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. By doing so, Lumina says we will ensure the vitality of our economy and democracy. Our nation can expect significant increases in volunteerism, voting, philanthropic giving and education levels for future generations as well as significant reductions in crime rates, poverty and health care costs. Meeting the Goal is necessary to remain globally competitive. What will it take to meet this goal? What will our future students expect? How will new technologies and delivery impact our operations? How can we as academic leaders help to win this race?

Introducer: Ephraim Smith, California State University System
Speaker: Jim Applegate, Lumina Foundation





8:00-8:45 am


8:45-9:00 am

Welcome & Meeting Overview
Ephraim Smith, Forum Chair; Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Academic Officer, California State University

9:00-10:00 am

The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone
We are at the cusp of a major transformation in higher education: the use of scalable online technology to offer a top-quality education, free to everyone.  These courses provide a real course experience, with meaningful feedback, and rich peer-to-peer interaction.  We now offer over 300 courses across the range of disciplines - humanities, science, math, music, medicine, and more.  These courses are being used both to support an improved learning experience for our on-campus students, via blended learning, and to provide unprecedented access to education to millions of students around the world (3 million students and counting). (Joint work with Andrew Ng)

Speaker: Daphne Koller, Stanford University

10:00-10:15 am


10:15-11:45 AM

Thinking beyond the Credit Hour: A Conversation with Change Agents
The metric of the credit hour was introduced to higher education in the late 19th century as a way to document faculty workload and institutional productivity. It evolved into a metric for measuring student progress along a curricular pathway, but does it tell us what a student really knows? Find out what these change agents think about 21st century needs, how they are working to move beyond the credit hour, and the implications of doing so.

Moderator: Sona Andrews, Portland State University

Speakers: Jon Bellum, Colorado State University Global Campus; Mike Hillman, Interstate Passport Initiative; Sally Johnstone, Western Governors University; Ellen Junn, San Jose State University; Lynn Priddy, The Higher Learning Commission



NOON-1:15 pm

Academic Leaders Toolkit Awards Luncheon
Join us for lunch in celebration of the winner of the 2013 Best Tool Award!

Point-Counterpoint: Contrarian Leadership Relevance in America's Decline
This lively discussion will feature contrasting viewpoints on leadership based on the two books recommended for advance reading for this meeting:  The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Dr. Steve Sample and That Used to be Us by Tom Friedman.  How do some of the challenges Friedman sees in American society connect to higher education?  Is Sample’s advice relevant for today’s higher education leaders and can it be used to turn things around?

Moderator: Marten denBoer, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Panelists: Jose Cruz, California State University, Fullerton; Anderw Rogerson, Sonoma State University; Sue Rosser, San Francisco State University; Laura Woodworth-Ney, Idaho State University

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1:15-1:30 pM


1:30-2:45 pm

Role of Assessment in Assuring Academic Quality
Historically, institutions have certified the quality of graduates because local faculty designed, delivered, and evaluated the performance of students each of the courses required for the degree. Today, institutions are frequently asked to award students degrees that include credits collected from a range of institutions over the years—and even credits awarded on the basis of demonstrated competencies or from third-party sources. This session will provide opportunities to consider frameworks that can be used to assure the quality of every degree awarded in this challenging world.

Speaker: Peter Ewell, NCHEMS

2:45-3:00 pm


3:00-4:30 pm

Successful Leadership: Knowing How to Take the Turns
In Friedman’s book he talks about opportunities to take the lead often lying in the way one takes the turns. What are some of the “turns” in higher education policy and funding that these leaders have successfully navigated in recent times? What “turns” do they expect to face in the near future? What are some of the navigational secrets of their success so far?

Moderator: David Longanecker, WICHE

Speakers: Timothy White, Chancellor—California State University System; Brice Harris, Chancellor—California Community College System

5:00 pm

Dinner on your own.



8:00-9:15 am

Breakfast/Forum Annual Business Meeting
Ephraim Smith, Forum Chair

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9:15-9:30 am


9:30-10:15 am

Federal Update: What’s Ahead for States and Higher Education Institutions
Our speaker, the former assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, will review the recent “turns” in higher education that are likely to drive the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act—scheduled to start in 2013-- and discuss some of the most prominent policy issues likely to attract the attention of federal policymakers.

Speaker: Eduardo Ochoa, California State University Monterey Bay

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30-11:30 am

A CEO’s Perspective: Building a More Successful Pipeline
As the first Chief Education Officer for Oregon, our speaker is responsible for the transformation of Oregon’s public education system, from early childhood services through K-12 and post-secondary education and training. With funding and governance aligned for the entire continuum of public education, there are unprecedented expectations, opportunities, and risks. What goals has this controversial leader set? With a national reputation for overhauling and strengthening failing schools, what are some of the changes this passionate educator considers critical to improving the pipeline and postsecondary outcomes?

Speaker: Rudy Crew, Oregon Education Investment Board


Meeting Wrap-up and Adjournment