Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders

About the Alliance

The Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance) was established in spring 2010 to share resources and expertise as its members address academic issues at two-year institutions of common concern and beyond the scope of a single institution or state.

Alliance members, located in the WICHE states, are public and private community colleges and technical schools represented by their chief academic officers. System offices and state governing and coordinating boards associated with two-year schools and represented by their chief executive or chief academic officer are also members.

The Alliance is modeled after the Western Academic Leadership Forum which serves academic leaders of four-year institutions, systems, and agencies located in the WICHE region. Forum members, recognizing the need for a similar organization representing their colleagues at two-year institutions, provided the seed money to help establish Alliance.

The Alliance is governed according to its bylaws, by an executive committee of 15 representatives with one selected from the pool of official representatives in each state. 

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) provides staff support and is the fiscal agent for the Alliance.