Boulder, Colorado – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded a grant totaling $2.99 million from the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, to scale and enhance the Interstate Passport – a new transfer framework that seeks to improve graduation rates, shorten time to degree, and save students money. As a grassroots effort led by academic leaders in the WICHE region, the Passport (www.wiche.edu/passport) is reforming transfer using an interstate approach. The new framework focuses on lower-division general education, the common denominator among institutions – concentrating on it as a whole, not on individual courses – and allows for a cross-border “match” of outcomes-integrated general education for block transfer. The Passport is based on learning outcomes – what the student knows and can do – and proficiency criteria – ways students demonstrate their achievement level with the learning outcomes.
WICHE Awarded First in the World Federal Grant to Expand Interstate Passport
WICHE’s FY 2014 annual report
A report available at http://www.wiche.edu/pub/westerninterstate-commission-higher-education-2014-annual-report recaps WICHE’s work during fiscal year 2014 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 the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Press Release
Vendor Contracts Updated
Updated computer hardware and software contracts available to institutions and organizations in the WICHE region: "Cost-Saving Purchasing Options / MHECtech".
WICHE Workplan 2015
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 2015
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
Student Tuition Discount Programs Learn about WUE, WRGP, PSEP, and distance learning options
Applications invited for the position of President
An Extraordinary Opportunity for an Exceptional Leader
WICHE is inviting Applications
for the position of President.
The person best qualified for the presidency of WICHE will be a recognized leader of higher education, but one who is recognized more for her or his vision of the future than solely for past accomplishments. This person will not only need to understand the policy and practice issues and opportunities facing American higher education, but must demonstrate a particular interest in and affinity for the unique nature of the West; its higher education, politics, culture, and pride.
Position details can be found at: Application for WICHE President