Olympic College, along with six other colleges and universities, is part of a coalition that is consulting together on challenges and helping improve cooperation among higher education institutions.
The Northwest Higher Education Coalition includes Olympic College, Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University.
The group, initiated by Western Washington University president Bruce Shepard, is meeting quarterly to discuss how colleges can share resources and ideas – one of several ways the colleges are working together to become more efficient.
At the coalition’s fall meeting at Everett Community College, college presidents and representatives discussed economic challenges, sharing resources, the coalition’s ongoing work to improve services for student veterans, continuing international student recruitment and study abroad partnerships and developing stronger relationships among the colleges’ environmental sciences programs. The winter meeting is scheduled to take place at Olympic College on Dec. 3, 2010.
Everett Community College was a contributor to this story.