Western Academic Leadership Forum

WALF 2009 Annual Meeting

Taking Stock: Strategic Leadership in Changing Times

April 22-24, 2009 | Anchorage, AK | Hosted by: University of Alaska Anchorage UAA logo

Presentations

Turbulent Times for Higher Education and National Affairs (Keynote address)

This keynote address provides federal relations update related to critical issues facing higher education in the West, impacts of the economic downturn, and prospects for economic stimulus package funding for student aid and university infrastructure projects.

Managing Your Way Through the Maze:  Coping with Higher Expectations and Reduced Funding

Jones discusses the latest and greatest challenges facing higher education in the West: state revenue constraints and economic instability, whether postsecondary enrollments are likely to surge or sink in the coming months, and how higher education can best help put the West back on the path to renewed growth.

Faculty Success and Retention:  Benchmarks, Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This panel provides an overview of faculty success issues including the results from surveys on faculty satisfaction, programs providing flexibility for moving in and out of the tenure track, and ways to respond to faculty needs at different stages in their careers.

Student Success and Retention:  Benchmarks, Best Practices and Lessons Learned

This panel provides an overview of student success issues including the use of data to identify problems and evaluate solutions, engaging faculty in retention, the importance of a institution-wide approach, and defining and measuring student success at the institutional/unit level.