Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015

  • 2015 Legislative Meeting
  • 2015 Legislative Meeting | David Longanecker, President Western Interstate Commission for HIgher Education
  • 2015 Legislative Meeting
  • 2015 Legislative Meeting
  • 2015 Legislative Meeting
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015
  • Annual Meeting September 15-16, 2015

Annual Meeting, September 15-16, 2015

Portland Mariott City Center, Portland OR

 

Recovering Smartly — Not the Same Old, Same Old

 

MEETING AGENDA

Tuesday, September 15


The 2015 Legislative Sessions: Recovering Smartly - Not the Same Old,
Same Old

After several years of budgetary challenges, most states in the WICHE region are finally experiencing some limited financial recovery. With this newfound relief in most states, legislatures in the West have been busy targeting their resources to a variety of needs that had been neglected in recent years. While not universally true in every state, legislators demonstrated how to recover smartly. This session will present the highlights and trends from this year, and during the subsequent facilitated discussion, LAC members will share their perspectives and shed light on what might be anticipated next year.

Moderator:
Demarée Michelau, Director of Policy Analysis, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speaker:
Carl Krueger, Project Coordinator, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Krueger – Recovering Smartly: The 2015 Legislative Sessions

 

Informing Policy Decisions: Trends in State Higher Education Funding

Often a challenging and politically charged process, state legislators must determine the level at which a state funds its public higher education institutions. These decisions are balanced with other state priorities that must be taken into account and ultimately they have important consequences for students. This session is designed to broaden awareness about how states have been tackling the challenges before them by reviewing national and regional trends and the current status of state funding for higher education.    

Moderator:
Brian Prescott, Director of Policy Research, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speaker:
Andrew Carlson, Senior Policy Analyst, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association

Carlson – Trends in State Higher Education Funding
Additional Resource – State Higher Education Finance, FY 2014

 

Making College Affordable: Legislative Strategies in the West

College tuition has been steadily rising in recent years prompting policy leaders, candidates, students, and others to call for major reforms in how we financially support students. Learn about some of the reasons for the increased costs of higher education and strategies for making college more affordable.

Moderator:
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speaker:
Donna Desrochers, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Desrochers – Why are Public college Tuitions rising? Three Myths of Higher Education Finance

 

Safer Spaces: Combating Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Reports of sexual assault on college campuses have dominated headlines recently, bringing to light the troubling prevalence of these crimes, as well as institutions’ difficulty in effectively responding to this complex issue. This session will address the issues surrounding campus sexual assault from the federal, state, and institutional perspectives.

Moderator:
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Washington

Speakers:
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Washington
Paul Francis, Executive Director, Washington State Council of Presidents
Tim Sell, Senior Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Sell – Safer Spaces: Combating Sexual Assult on College Campuses (Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education)
Kohl-Welles – Combating Sexual Violence
Francis – Washington State Council of Presidents

 

Understanding the Maze of Higher Education Accreditation

Quality in higher education is often discussed yet arguably not clearly understood. Ensuring quality requires the involvement of the “triad” of accrediting agencies, the federal government, and the states, and while the roles of the federal and state governments are somewhat clear, accreditation processes remain murky and are not always well understood. This session will provide an overview of how accreditation is designed to work, how it actually works, how it can be improved, and the role that state legislators can and should play in accreditation and quality assurance.  

Moderator:
Demarée Michelau, Director of Policy Analysis, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Speakers:
Peter Ewell, Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
Mary Ellen Petrisko, President, WASC Senior College and University Commission

Ewell & Petrisko – Higher Education Accreditation, Concepts and Proposals
 

Wednesday, September 16

The Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: What You Need to Know

While the Higher Education Act isn’t likely to be reauthorized by the end of the year, congressional lawmakers are having the important conversations about the next round of legislation. Some of the issues receiving early attention include competency-based education, data transparency and consumer information, and accreditation. This session will provide an update on the current status and provide a glimpse into what may evolve in the coming months.

Speaker:
David Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Longanecker – The Evolving Higher Education State/Federal Relationship

Additional Resources
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/Accreditation.pdf
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/Risk_Sharing.pdf
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/Consumer_Information.pdf
http://www.wiche.edu/pub/stateaid0414

Serving Military and Veteran Students in Higher Education

While thousands of military and veterans students attend our nation’s college campuses, higher education does not consistently meet their needs with respect to academic or student support services. This session will initiate a discussion about the needs of these students, provide examples of how a campus effectively serves them, and discuss how state legislators can support them.

Moderator:
Senator Kris Hansen, Montana

Speakers:
Phillip Morris, Director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Morris – Serving Military and Veteran Students in Higher Education
Additional Resource – University of Colorado VETS Faculty Training Video