FROM THE CHAIR
I look forward to welcoming you to the Great State of South Dakota where you can enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills, and explore such sites as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Sanford Underground Laboratories and the friendly downtown of your host, Rapid City! But even more, I look forward to discussing with you today’s important questions concerning what matters most to us as academic leaders: our students, their aspirations, and their success. With the nation’s higher education terrain shifting at every corner, it is often difficult to know what questions to ask, much less how to answer them. But, together, we will do just that. We’ll hear from speakers who will challenge our thinking and push us in new directions. Others will inspire us to ask new questions and to use our collective energy, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm to collaborate on fresh and creative ways to produce a better educated and skilled workforce. And building on our own vast and varied experiences, we’ll boldly face the most elusive of these questions collectively to create a stronger future for higher education in the West.
Mike Cartney, Alliance Chair
President, Lake Area Technical Institute
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