FROM THE CHAIR
I look forward to welcoming you to Greater Phoenix, Arizona where you can enjoy the beauty of the desert and the richness of our diverse cultures! At a time when we are facing demands to do more for our communities with scarce resources, to increase completion rates dramatically, and to adopt new regulations, we come together to engage in conversations about what matters most to us: our students, their aspirations, and their success. We celebrate the significant work we have accomplished in our community colleges and technical schools, and accept that much still needs to get done as we continue to face old and new challenges. We believe, however, that many of these challenges could be, and should be, addressed through collaborations beyond the scope of a single institution or state. So we have designed our gathering intentionally as a place and time for learning, interaction, exchange of ideas, honest discourse, innovative thinking within the Nested Boxes, and collective action. Together, we can explore solutions and build a stronger future for higher education in the West.
Maria Harper-Marinick, Alliance Chair
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community College
Who Should Attend
In attendance you will find colleagues from the WICHE region eager to share the lessons they’ve learned from tackling a host of institutional and academic challenges, including the ones you’re facing.
Vice presidents and directors of academic affairs at community colleges and technical schools
Chief executive officers and chief academic officers of related systems and statewide agencies
Institutional staff with expertise in the program topic areas, accompanying those above at their invitation