Ensuring Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning

Newport Beach, CA

About the Leadership Summit

WCET’s 7th Leadership Summit will facilitate a discourse on three important goals that institutions of all sizes and sectors should embrace:

  1. Equity as a demonstrated priority for the institutions’ students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Accessibility as the lens through which the institution examines its resources, policies, services, and infrastructure.
  3. Data and evidence-based decision making for student success and ethical questions underlying analytics engines and ed tech products.

The Summit will retain the unique qualities of previous summits by creating a venue for thoughtful conversation, learning of exemplar successes and disappointing failures, and honest and open dialogue among college and university academic, business, and technology leaders.

WCET encourages colleges and universities to consider how issues of equity, accessibility, digital learning tools and teaching practices, and data-driven decisions are stand-alone priorities or woven into today’s contemporary fabric of how all these critical issues all contribute to student success. Consider having a team, e.g. key administrators responsible for accessibility, data analytics that guide student success strategies, and academic and student services leaders who are working to support your institution’s, your state’s, your organization’s equity and inclusion goals. A detailed program will be available later in March.

WCET is Excited to Welcome These Expert Presenters

(as of 2/26/18 and subject to change)

Challenging our discussions about equity, inclusion, digital learning, and success in U.S. postsecondary education

  • Andriel Dees, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Capella University
  • Jose Fierro, President/Superintendent, Cerritos College
  • Joe Garcia, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
  • Julie Greenwood, Associate Provost, Transformative Learning, Oregon State University
  • Sally Johnstone, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
  • Kim Hunter Reed, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Executive Vice Chancellor, Workforce and Digital Futures, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • Karen Vignare, Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium, APLU
  • More to come…

Stimulating our discussions about accessibility, equity, the legal landscape, and leadership to move towards a campus climate of universal access for all

  • Mark Jenkins, Director, eLearning & Open Education, and Coordinator, Accessible Technology Initiatives, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, California State University System
  • More to come…

Raising our awareness of data analytics and new technologies and ethical uses of data for student success and institutional success

  • John Fritz, Associate Vice President, Instructional Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Phil Hill, partner, e-Literate
  • Sharon Leu, Senior Policy Advisor, Higher Education Innovation, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
  • Iris Palmer, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy, New America
  • More to come….

Summit Logistics

The Summit will begin at 7:30 am on Tuesday, June 5 and conclude by 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 6. Registration includes deluxe breakfast on June 5 & 6, lunch on June 5 & box lunch on June 6, and June 5 reception sponsored by Wiley Education Services.


WCET member rate: $395.  WCET non-member rate: $595. Prices increase by $50 after May 4.
View list of current WCET members. Learn about membership.
Register today. The summit is limited to 150 attendees.


The Summit will be held at the Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel, 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA.
WCET’s group rate is $189/night. Book your room no later than May 11.

Attendance is limited to 150.

For more information, contact Megan Raymond, assistant director for programs and sponsorship or Mollie McGill, director for programs and membership.