Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders

Alliance 2012 Annual Meeting

Change by Design @ edu

April 17-18, 2012 | phoenix, az
Hosted by: Maricopa community colleges

Presentations


Making $s and Sense: Tips and Trends in Successful Grant Writing

Competition for grant funding among higher education institutions has never been keener. At the same time, several new grant programs at the federal level have expanded the opportunities for community colleges to secure funding. What does it take to win one of these grants? Learn about some new grant writing tips and trends; and find out how to tell the compelling story that will land your next proposal in the winners’ circle!

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The Role of Community Colleges in the Nation’s Broad Agenda of Change

If every crisis brings new opportunities, what is the silver lining in the economic downturn for higher education institutions? For most community colleges, enrollments are skyrocketing and resources are plummeting. At the same time, the focus on student outcomes and accountability also highlight the need for comprehensive institutional and instructional transformations. Yet, this speaker is very optimistic about the future of community colleges and sees promising practices that can be scaled to the benefit of all stakeholders. Find out why and how your institution can play an important role in this era of the new normal.

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The Creative Presidents’ View: Driving Change to Meet Tomorrow’s Reality

Three dynamic community college presidents will talk about the changes they are making in their institutions today to meet tomorrow’s challenges head on. What are their biggest fears and greatest hopes? How do they inspire others to follow their lead into this uncertain future?

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The Disruptive Innovators’ View: The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It

Can we reduce the cost and the time to graduation for students by outsourcing instruction, focusing on outcomes, or offering college credit to secondary students? These speakers will tell you how they are partnering with community colleges to do so.

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On Board the Transfer Express: Promising Practices by Community Colleges

Today more students are beginning their college experience at a two-year college and then transferring to a four-year institution to finish their degree. For some, this is easy. For others, it is a nightmare. Seamless transfer pathways are essential to keeping costs down for students, institutions, and states and to keep students engaged in working toward their goals. Which institutions are most successful in transferring students and articulating their courses to degree programs? What are some of their promising practices? What role does policy play in encouraging and discouraging transfer and articulation?

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The Accreditors’ View: Ensuring Quality in an Era of Dynamic Change

Declining state support, increased global competition, and the rising use of technology are forcing dramatic changes in the way higher education institutions operate. Accrediting agencies, charged with being the watchdog for quality across the postsecondary enterprise, are changing the way they operate too. Is there synergy in these changes? Do the accrediting agencies have new expectations for institutions? Are more changes in the offing?

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