Concurrent Session III:
Constituency Group Breakout Sessions

Linda Cordier, Monica Kane, Brad Baca

Monday, May 24
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM HST
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST

 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM MDT

CPE Credits Eligible

Business Management & Organization

Program Knowledge:

  Since these breakout sessions run concurrently, you must choose one session to attend.

Session Description

CPE Credits EligibleBreakout Session 1: This session was selected by the Community College Constituent Committee. The discussion will focus on Navigating Uncertain Times: The Effect of the Pandemic on Community Colleges. Topics may include managing the shift to a remote workplace, declined enrollment, budget reductions, CARES Act funds, and COVID response.

CPE Credits EligibleBreakout Session 2: Join your colleagues for an interactive learning and networking opportunity.  Attendees will have the choice to join two different break-out group discussions on topics relevant to comprehensive, doctoral and research institutions and facilitated by the members of CDRIC (Comprehensive, Doctoral and Research Institutions Committee).  Chosen themes focus on areas such as auxiliary recovery plans; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I); remote work; return to campus; and more.

CPE Credits EligibleBreakout Session 3: This session will be led by the Small Institutions Council and will address issues specific to small colleges or universities (typically defined as fewer than 5000 students). The session will begin by engaging attendees in identifying the top issues, challenges and trends facing small institutions today.  Attendees will then have the choice to join a series of break-out group discussions on these topics that will be facilitated by members of the Small Institutions Council. 

Learning Objectives

Breakout Session 1: 

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapid shift to a remote workplace.
  • Discuss strategies to mitigate the impact of declining enrollments and budget reductions.
  • Increase awareness of CARES Act funds and how to effectively manage distribution.
  • Examine the resources utilized to implement health and safety protocols for students and staff.

Breakout Session 2: 

  • Connect with peers to discuss current challenges to our campuses, including organizational structures, management and fiscal planning, and current administrative practices.
  • Evaluate new approaches to management planning and handling issues on campus.
  • Solve problems relevant to comprehensive and doctoral institutions.
  • Identify business management strategies to plan for what higher education and academic research may look like for the next 10-20 years.

Breakout Session 3:

  • Identify the top issues, challenges and trends facing small institutions.
  • Discuss how other institutions are addressing these issues, challenges and trends.
  • Employ strategies, uncovered through group discussion, on how best to approach and attend to these issues, challenges and trends.
  • Utilize a network of colleagues as resources for navigating effectively through these issues, challenges and trends at their individual campuses.

About the Speakers

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Linda Cordier
Program Manager, Academic & Instructional Services
Pima Community College

Linda Cordier is the Director of PimaOnline Partnerships & Operations at Pima Community College and has been a higher education professional for over 20 years.

Linda serves on the WACUBO Board and is the chair of the Community College Constituent committee. As an active WACUBO volunteer for the last 10 years, Linda has served on many committees including as co-chair of the 2020 Annual Conference host committee and vice-chair of the Professional Development Workshop committee. Linda is passionate about supporting WACUBO and its professional development opportunities model best practices in higher education.

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Monica Kane

More information coming soon!

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Brad Baca
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Western Colorado University

Brad Baca is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Western Colorado University. He joined Western in 2002 as Vice President for Finance and Administration. In 2013-14 he served as interim President.

Baca holds a B.A. degree in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He also earned an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
During his time at Western, Mr. Baca has been instrumental in re-establishing financial stability to the university. He has guided Western’s finances as the university’s net assets have grown from $38 million to $78 million during his tenure.

Prior to joining Western, Mr. Baca served for over three years as Director of Budgets for the Colorado Community College System. He also served as a budget and policy analyst on the staff of former Colorado Governor Roy Romer.

Baca lives in Almont with his wife and four children. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family mountain biking, skiing, camping, fishing and bow hunting.