WICHE in the News

Meet Joe Garcia

photo of WICHE President, Joe GarciaJoe Garcia assumed the presidency of WICHE on June 20 succeeding David Longanecker, who retired after 17 years as the organization’s leader. Garcia left his dual role as Colorado lieutenant governor and executive director of the state’s Department of Higher Education and will be the seventh president of WICHE since its founding 62 years ago.

Before his inauguration as lieutenant governor in 2011 and re-election in 2015, Garcia was president of Colorado State University-Pueblo. During his four-year tenure there, he helped the institution overcome financial difficulties and stagnant enrollment, and enhanced its reputation through aggressive marketing and nontraditional solutions. Previously, he was president of Colorado’s second-largest community college, Pikes Peak Community College, overseeing three campuses serving more than 16,000 students a year. Read more about Joe Garcia


Interstate Passport News

Interstate Passport Initiative Framework Complete

WICHE | June 29, 2016

New College Transfer Framework Streamlines Cross-State Transfer

Boulder, Colorado – Lost academic credits and tuition dollars, delayed graduations, and dampened students’ hopes and aspirations have been commonplace for thousands of transfer students because of the reluctance of many colleges and universities to accept course credits earned elsewhere.  Although many states have improved their intrastate transfer policies, students wanting to move credits earned from a campus in one state to a college or university in another state have often faced a host of persistent barriers.

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Interstate Passport Gives College Students the Means to Navigate Transfer Requirements

By Eliana Osborn | July 20, 2016

Well-articulated transfer agreements are a benefit to students as well as schools. Within a state, there may be clarity about transfer requirements and what classes and credits translate from community colleges to public universities. But when transfers cross state lines, all bets are off. That’s where a collaboration of seven western states could make all the difference with a “passport” that can bridge the gap.

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New ‘Interstate Passport’ Aims to Ease College Transfer Process

EdSurge | Jul 7, 2016

AN EU FOR COLLEGE CREDIT? Colleges and universities nationwide can now take advantage of a tool that makes it easier for students to transfer across state lines without losing credits. For the past five years, academic leaders working with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) have been working on an “Interstate Passport.” The goal of the project? Improve graduation rates by “eliminating transfer students’ unnecessary repetition of learning previously achieved.” Transfer students make up over a third of U.S. college students, and 24 percent of them transfer across state lines.

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'Passport' for Transfer

By Paul Fain | July 5th, 2016

New interstate network seeks to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits, but also defers to faculty members at each college about how to measure learning.

Higher Ed article: 'Passport' for Transfer
 

California is looking back on six years of a state initiative as the Interstate Passport launches

By Tara García Mathewson | March 29, 2016

While the vast majority of community college students enroll with plans to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree, only one in 10 actually do so within six years. Fixing the leaky transfer pipeline has become a major concern of state higher education systems, the federal government and a number of foundations in recent years.

In-State and Interstate Initiatives Aim to Improve Transfer Pathways


WICHE Notes

WICHE Releases 2015-16 Student Exchange Program Statistics Report

This report covers fall 2015 enrollments for WUE, WRGP, and PSEP. It details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them and also provides detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.

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WICHE Workplan FY 2017

WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for their citizens. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to our social, economic, and civic life. Download WICHE Workplan FY 2017

WICHE’s FY 2015 annual report

A report available at http://www.wiche.edu/pub/WICHE_2015_Annual_Report recaps WICHE’s work during fiscal year 2015 to expand access to higher education, foster student success, create and sustain institutional and state collaborations and innovations, and promote sound public policy.

New WICHE Reports Show Promise of Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange to Capture Education and Workforce Outcomes

Boulder, CO — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has released two reports about a pilot project that shared data between four states to provide a clearer picture about education and employment outcomes as individuals move between states for schooling and work. The project, known as the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE), involved Hawai‘i, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Read More

WICHE Projects High School Grads by Sex and Metro Area

Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has released a supplement to the Knocking at the College Door series of projections of high school graduates, focusing on public graduates through 2027-28 by sex and metropolitan area. Supplements to Knocking at the College Door, 8th Edition  |   Read the Media Release

WCET's State Authorization Survey Results Colleges are either moving slowly toward compliance or opting out of serving students in some states

WICHE Releases New HS Graduates Projections Download data and view state projections