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I’m an Arizona resident and chose to enroll at New Mexico State University. NMSU was the ideal university for me because their animal science degree program best fits my goals. Since I was able to enroll through WICHE’s Western Undergraduate Exchange, it was actually more affordable to go to school there. I am so appreciative of WUE—now I can pursue my dream career in the equine industry. Thank you!

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WICHE Awarded Two Grants to Complete
Interstate Passport Transfer Framework

Boulder, Colorado – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded grants totaling $2.8 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and from Lumina Foundation to complete development of 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 Interstate Passport Initiative (www.wiche.edu/passport) is reforming transfer using a regional approach. The new framework focuses on the lower-division general education core, 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 cores for block transfer. The Passport is being rolled out in phases; Phase I concluded in April 2014 and, with the support from Gates and Lumina, WICHE will launch Phase II this month. Read More


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


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


Five WICHE states join SARA

Boulder, Colorado – Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Washington have been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) as the first states in the compact’s region to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). Combined, these states have 258 accredited higher education institutions. These states join Indiana and North Dakota, which were approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) in February and April, respectively. SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The effort is funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation. Read the Media Release


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

WICHE 2013 Annual Report
Annual Report

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



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