Educational Programming

NWCCU Webinar: Culturally-responsive postsecondary performance measurement for student success

September 24, 2021; 12:00 PM Pacific Time (Free)

This webinar presents five principles for culturally-responsive postsecondary performance measurement that leverages shared governance through participatory, emergent, and appreciative processes and qualitative evaluation methodologies.

Presented by:

Dr. Alana Hoare is Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) Quality Assurance and Accreditation Liaison Officer within the Office of Quality Assurance. She holds an EdD from the University of Western Ontario, and a MEd, BEd, and post-baccalaureate certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language from TRU. Alana’s research projects have examined culturally responsive postsecondary performance measurement, qualitative evaluation methodologies for student success, inclusive leadership, and EAL students’ academic preparedness. As a quality assurance practitioner, Alana is responsible for leading and managing institutional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, TRU’s general education and strategic assessment of institutional learning initiatives, mission fulfilment planning and evaluation, and cyclical program review.


Photo of Pamela Goad with mountains in the background

Dr. Pamela Goad, Executive Vice President, has been with the Northwest Commission for a dozen years and enhances the effectiveness of the Commission staff with expertise in numerous areas. Having served as an institutional Accreditation Liaison Officer herself at a Northwest member institution, Dr. Goad’s commitment to serving students and to continuous improvement are notable and valued by the Commission and the membership. With significant experience with substantive change, assessment, and institutional mentoring, Dr. Goad looks forward to walking alongside our institutions as a guide and colleague.


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NWCCU Webinar: Applying for the U.S. Department of Education’s 3rd Round of Second Chance Pell

October 8, 2021; 12:00 PM Pacific Time (Free)

On July 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will expand the Second Chance Pell Experiment Sites Initiative for the 2022-23 award year (letters of interest are due by October 28, 2021). The expansion will allow up to 200 colleges and universities to offer their prison education programs with support from the Pell Grant program, up from the 130 currently participating. This will be the last round of the Second Chance Pell Experiment Sites Initiative prior to the reinstatement of Pell for all which will occur on or before July 1, 2023. The national non-profit Vera Institute of Justice currently provides technical assistance to the network of 130 colleges and corrections agencies in 42 states and DC participating in the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, and they are available to provide NWCCU member institutions with some guidance as they consider applying for the 3rdround of Second Chance Pell.

This webinar, led by Vera Institute of Justice, will provide:

  • A brief history of the Second Chance Pell Experiment Sites Initiative including a brief summary of the NWCCU members currently in this space
  • A summary of the work Vera does as technical assistants for Second Chance Pell sites
  • A summary of expectations for applicants
  • An overview of the 3rdround of the Second Chance Pell application process including tips for strong letters of interest
  • Q&A

Presented by:

Belinda Wheeler is a senior program associate on Vera’s Unlocking Potential team. Vera provides technical assistance to the network of 130 colleges and corrections agencies in 42 states and DC participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative. Belinda specifically works on ensuring quality higher education in prison programming, including accreditation. Prior to joining Vera, Belinda served as the founding director of Claflin University’s Pathways from Prison Program and director of their Center for Social Justice. Claflin University, a U.S. Department of Education Second Chance Pell Experimental Site, is one of a handful of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the higher education in prison space. In addition to helping Claflin University build its program with the state department of corrections, Belinda provided guidance to other HBCUs interested in higher education in prison.


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NWCCU Webinar: Updates to Substantive Changes

October 15, 2021; 12:00 PM Pacific Time (Free)

(ALOs only) This webinar presents categories of institutional substantive changes for which NWCCU requires notification or submission of a proposal for approval. Please refer to the Substantive Change Manual on the NWCCU website for additional information.


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