Western Academic Leadership Forum

Presentatios and Handouts

The College Completion Imperative: Higher Education in 2025

Lumina’s big goal is to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. By doing so, Lumina says we will ensure the vitality of our economy and democracy. Our nation can expect significant increases in volunteerism, voting, philanthropic giving and education levels for future generations as well as significant reductions in crime rates, poverty and health care costs. Meeting the Goal is necessary to remain globally competitive. What will it take to meet this goal? What will our future students expect? How will new technologies and delivery impact our operations? How can we as academic leaders help to win this race?

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The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone

We are at the cusp of a major transformation in higher education: the use of scalable online technology to offer a top-quality education, free to everyone.  These courses provide a real course experience, with meaningful feedback, and rich peer-to-peer interaction.  We now offer over 300 courses across the range of disciplines - humanities, science, math, music, medicine, and more.  These courses are being used both to support an improved learning experience for our on-campus students, via blended learning, and to provide unprecedented access to education to millions of students around the world (3 million students and counting). (Joint work with Andrew Ng)

  • Richard Caulfield, University of Alaska Southeast - Introducer
  • Daphne Koller, Stanford University

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Thinking beyond the Credit Hour: A Conversation with Change Agents

The metric of the credit hour was introduced to higher education in the late 19th century as a way to document faculty workload and institutional productivity. It evolved into a metric for measuring student progress along a curricular pathway, but does it tell us what a student really knows? Find out what these change agents think about 21st century needs, how they are working to move beyond the credit hour, and the implications of doing so.

Cracking the Credit Hour Handout

Student Aid Can Be Awarded for 'Competencies,' Not Just Credit Hours- Chronicle Article

  • Sona Andrews, Portland State University - Moderator
  • Lynn Priddy, The Higher Learning Commission

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  • Sally Johnstone, Western Governors University
  • Mike Hillman, Interstate Passport Initiative

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Interstate Passport Overview Handout

How We Strengthen Higher Education: The Convergence of the Interstate Passport Initiative, Tuning USA, and the Quality Collaboratives

  • Jon Bellum, Colorado State University Global Campus

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Point-Counterpoint: Contrarian Leadership Relevance in America's Decline

This lively discussion will feature contrasting viewpoints on leadership based on the two books recommended for advance reading for this meeting:  The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Dr. Steve Sample and That Used to be Us by Tom Friedman.  How do some of the challenges Friedman sees in American society connect to higher education?  Is Sample’s advice relevant for today’s higher education leaders and can it be used to turn things around?

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Role of Assessment in Assuring Academic Quality

Historically, institutions have certified the quality of graduates because local faculty designed, delivered, and evaluated the performance of students each of the courses required for the degree. Today, institutions are frequently asked to award students degrees that include credits collected from a range of institutions over the years—and even credits awarded on the basis of demonstrated competencies or from third-party sources. This session will provide opportunities to consider frameworks that can be used to assure the quality of every degree awarded in this challenging world.

  • Sam Gingerich, South Dakota Board of Regents - Introducer
  • Peter Ewell, NCHEMS

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DQP Handout

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Successful Leadership: Knowing How to Take the Turns

In Friedman’s book he talks about opportunities to take the lead often lying in the way one takes the turns. What are some of the “turns” in higher education policy and funding that these leaders have successfully navigated in recent times? What “turns” do they expect to face in the near future? What are some of the navigational secrets of their success so far?

  • David Longanecker, WICHE - Moderator
  • Timothy White, Chancellor—California State University System
  • Brice Harris, Chancellor—California Community College System

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Forum Annual Business Meeting - State Authorization Update

  • Jere Mock, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

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Federal Update: What’s Ahead for States and Higher Education Institutions

Our speaker, the former assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, will review the recent “turns” in higher education that are likely to drive the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act—scheduled to start in 2013-- and discuss some of the most prominent policy issues likely to attract the attention of federal policymakers.

  • Myron Allen, University of Wyoming - Introducer
  • Eduardo Ochoa, California State University Monterey Bay

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A CEO’s Perspective: Building a More Successful Pipeline

As the first Chief Education Officer for Oregon, our speaker is responsible for the transformation of Oregon’s public education system, from early childhood services through K-12 and post-secondary education and training. With funding and governance aligned for the entire continuum of public education, there are unprecedented expectations, opportunities, and risks. What goals has this controversial leader set? With a national reputation for overhauling and strengthening failing schools, what are some of the changes this passionate educator considers critical to improving the pipeline and postsecondary outcomes?

  • Jane Sherman, Washington State University- Introducer
  • Rudy Crew, Oregon Education Investment Board

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Oregon Strategic Plan Handout

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