Leadership Development

Program Coordinator: Chris Ferguson (Independent)
Committee Chair: Jackie Barretta (Willamette University)

Program Components

  • Up and Coming Leadership Development - A cohort training program for emerging leaders at NWACC member institutions. The program is designed to build core IT leadership skills, address practical technology leadership issues in higher education, and build relationships within the cohort. Each cohort consists of 15-20 individuals selected for the program based on their work history, a letter of nomination from the applicant's CIO, and the applicant's career goals, aspirations, and desired outcomes from the cohort experience. Participants commit to attend three cohort camps (each camps is approximately three days) during an 18-month period and a fourth meeting of the NWACC Council, at which participants present a capstone project to the Council. Cohort One formed in April 2014 and will make its capstone presentations at the Fall 2015 Council Meeting.
  • New Member Liaison - When a new member representative joins the NWACC Council, the Leadership Development Committee selects a peer liaison to welcome the new member to the organization.
  • New CIO Mentorship - When a new member representative to the NWACC Council is also new to the role of CIO, the Leadership Development Committee will offer the new CIO the opportunity of a NWACC member mentor.
  • Sitting CIO Development - Ad-hoc professional development programs for NWACC Council members in conjunction with regularly-scheduled Council meetings.

Instructional Technology

Program Coordinator: Hae Okimoto (University of Hawaii)
NWACC Council Liaison: Ginny Tomlinson (Linfield College)

Program Components

  • An annual Roundtable on key topics in instructional technologies.
  • Recognition of instructional technology leadership and outstanding practices, the collaborative development and deployment of instructional technology tools.
  • Peer networking.
  • NWACCo: Collaborative project by NWACC instructional technology participants to develop an open, online resource around educational technologies.

Workshop information.
Information about the Award for Innovation in Instructional Technologies.


Program Coordinator: Adrian Irish (University of Montana)
NWACC Council Liaison: Brad Christ (Eastern Washington University)

Program Components

  • Network security workshops, expert presentations, best practice sharing, peer networking, and other collaborative activities designed to enhance network and information security expertise at member institutions.

Workshop information.

Special Topics

Committee Chair: Garret Yoshimi (University of Hawai'i)

The Special Topics program is designed to assist NWACC Council members in identifying emerging higher education information technology trends, understanding their impact, and formulating strategies by which their institutions can either exploit these trends or (safely) ignore them. The program consists of periodic workshops, white papers, and other activities designed to evaluate, discuss, and share findings on topics that demand immediate analysis or deserve a deeper focus.


2019 Special Topics Council Meeting - Our Cloudy Future, April 29-May 1, 2019

2018 Special Topics/ERM Council Meeting: May 30-June 1, 2018

Special Topics Conference 2017: Ellucian Symposium and Enterprise Security: June 1-2, 2017

The Future of Cloud Computing - Workday and Oracle: March 30-31, 2016

NWACC/Orbis Cascade Alliance Collaboration Meeting: April 12-13, 2016

Ellucian Northwest Executive Symposium: May 19, 2016