Wednesday April 6, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Early: $215 Advance: $235 Onsite: $295
ALO Luncheon, Workshop, & Leadership Forum

The ALO Luncheon, Workshop, & Leadership Forum begins with a networking lunch and interactive workshop focused on “ALO Engagement Strategies for Accreditation Success.” Learn, share, and develop effective strategies for engaging your institution’s constituents – senior leadership, faculty, staff, students, the board, and your WSCUC liaison – in the work of accreditation. Following the luncheon and workshop, ALOs will join CEOs and CAOs for the Leadership Forum: Accreditation and the Public Good, facilitated by Dr. Paul Gaston, author of Higher Education Accreditation: How It's Changing, Why It Must (Stylus, 2013).

Leadership Forum for CEOs, CAOs, and ALOs
Accreditation and the Public Good
Royal Ballroom

Current criticisms of higher education and accreditation reflect a tectonic shift in public opinion, from a long-standing appreciation for higher education as a public good to a far more utilitarian view that sees higher education primarily as a pathway to individual prosperity. This change in perspective, evident in sharp declines in state support for public institutions and in increased student debt, has prompted demands that colleges and universities be held more accountable to the individuals who seek to benefit from the credentials they offer. Accreditation—and accredited institutions—can address the concerns that have been voiced about accreditation while promoting a broader perspective more in keeping with traditional American values. Stage one would be to continue the “housekeeping” already under way—making certain that accreditation addresses public concerns about quality and effectiveness, operates as efficiently and as transparently as possible, and tells its story more persuasively. Stage two would be the concerted and coordinated articulation of a shared vision, one that proposes the recovery of a fundamental democratic value. Accreditation and accredited institutions must stand up for and promote the conviction that higher education not only offers advantages to individuals, but also benefits the welfare of the nation. CEOs, CAOs, and ALOs are invited to join Paul Gaston for this interactive Leadership Forum to explore these concepts and engage in proactive opportunities for addressing such needs. 

Presentation and handouts for this session can be found here: 

Luncheon and Workshop Hosts & Facilitators:
Maureen Maloney, WSCUC Vice President
Barbara Gross Davis, WSCUC Vice President
Geoff Chase, WSCUC Vice President
Christopher Oberg, WSCUC Vice President

Leadership Forum: Accreditation and the Public Good
Dr. Paul Gaston, Trustees Professor, Kent State University

Paul L. Gaston, III
Trustees Professor
Kent State University

Paul L. Gaston, III, Trustees Professor at Kent State University, pursues a broad commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research in higher education reform, public policy, and the humanities. He is one of four authors of the Degree Qualifications Profile, published by Lumina Foundation. As a consultant to the Foundation, he makes frequent presentations describing the development of the Profile and its potential uses. His most recent book, Accreditation: How It’s Changing, Why It Must, was published in fall 2013 (Stylus Publishing). He is the author also of Revitalizing General Education (2014), The Challenge of Bologna (2010), Revising General Education, co-authored with Jerry Gaff (2009), and General Education and Liberal Learning (2010). His scholarly articles consider subjects as varied as early rock ‘n’ roll, the Italian novel, computer dominated futures trading, the future of the book, interart analogies, the poetry of George Herbert, the fiction of Walker Percy, and minor league baseball. He has been a member of the faculty of the AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment for 15 years. He earned both the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Maureen A. Maloney
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Maureen A. Maloney Before joining WASC in October, 2012, Moe was a member of the Graduate Theological Union Student Affairs staff for 18 years. Moe served as the GTU Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students from 2004 to 2012. Her previous roles at GTU included Assistant/Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program and Student Life Coordinator. Before joining the GTU staff, Moe was a research assistant with another consortium, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. From 1984 through 1991, Moe was the head women’s basketball coach for San Francisco State University. Moe has an Ed.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. in Physical Education Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests are in higher education organizational theory, teaching and learning, student retention and graduation, and faculty development.

Barbara Gross Davis
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Barbara Gross Davis, Vice President, joined WASC in September 2010. For the past twenty years, she has provided service to WASC as a visiting team member, as a member of two special WASC committees, and as chair of the Substantive Change Committee. Since 1985, Barbara has held a variety of administrative positions at the University of California, Berkeley, including Assistant Vice Chancellor, Equity and Inclusion; Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education; Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life-Educational Development; and Dean of Educational Development. Her areas of interest include faculty development, instructional improvement, and the evaluation of teaching and learning. She has served as a consultant to educational organizations, federal agencies and other universities on a variety of projects; she has also conducted workshops, developed online multimedia materials, and written on topics related to teaching, learning and evaluation. Her book, Tools for Teaching, published by Jossey-Bass, is now in its Second Edition. Barbara received her BA, MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Geoff Chase
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission
Christopher N. Oberg
Vice President
WASC Senior College and University Commission

Christopher N. Oberg has participated in accreditation visits for WASC and NEASC since 1985 and currently serves on the WASC Financial Review Committee. He has held numerous administrative positions at three private institutions of higher education, including Associate Academic Dean, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President, in California and Massachusetts. His areas of interest include organizational change, higher education finance, and governance. He has run consulting businesses in business process transformation for higher education and health care, and for entrepreneurial business development. Most recently he served as adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University, teaching in the program in higher education administration and developing a leadership program for community college professionals. Christopher received his BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and his PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.

Institutional Representative: Deborah Taylor
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President
Biola University
Institutional Representative: Christopher Sindt
Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Studies
Saint Mary's College of California
Institutional Representative: John Hughes
Vice President of Institutional Planning & Research
The Master's College
Institutional Representative: Laura Martin
Director of Institutional Assessment
University of California, Merced