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  • 2015 November 10

    Colorado’s Lt. Gov. Garcia Selected by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education as its New President

    Boulder, CO — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) today announced that Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia will become the seventh executive to lead the organization in its 62 years. Garcia will succeed WICHE President David A. Longanecker who plans to retire in......

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  • 2015 November 3

    Patricia Sullivan Elected Vice Chair of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Boulder, Colorado – Patricia Sullivan, Associate Dean for Outreach and Public Service in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU), was elected the vice chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on Nov. 3 during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Boulder. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S.,......

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  • 2015 November 2

    Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles Elected Chair of  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Boulder, Colorado – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, on Nov. 3 was elected the chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Boulder. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S., WICHE (www.wiche.edu) and its 15 member states and U.......

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  • 2015 September 28

    WICHE Awarded First in the World Federal Grant to Expand Interstate Passport

    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......

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  • 2015 May 13

    New Mexico, Vermont and Wyoming join SARA; National SARA board meets

    Boulder, Colorado – New Mexico and Wyoming have been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). In addition, Vermont has been approved by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) as the second state in the region to join the New England State Authorization Reciprocity......

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  • 2014 December 15

    NANSLO’s Balbon Receives Reimagine Education Award

    – Albert Balbon, chief architect for the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO), was honored with second place in the Discipline Award in Natural Sciences on December 9th in Philadelphia at the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education.

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  • November 12, 2014

    Three Additional WICHE States Join SARA

    Boulder, Colorado – Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota have been approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). These states join 12 others (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia) as members of SARA......

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  • 2014 November 11

    Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles Elected Vice Chair of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, on Nov. 11 was elected the vice chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Denver.

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  • 2014 October 13

    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......

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  • 2014 August 14

    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,......

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  • 2014 May 15

    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......

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  • 2014 April 14

    New WICHE Paper Proposes State Financial Aid Policies that Integrate Higher Education Finance Policies and Promote Affordability

    Boulder, CO — A comprehensive framework for redesigning state financial aid programs has been proposed in a concept paper from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The report, which was one among many commissioned by Lumina Foundation to consider comprehensive financial aid reform, makes a series of proposals to align governmental and institutional policies and......

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  • 2014 Februrary 2

    U.S. Department of Education selects representatives from WCET and NC-SARA for negotiated rulemaking committee

    Boulder, Colorado — Russ Poulin has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a representative for upcoming negotiated rulemaking sessions to review proposed regulations concerning program integrity and improvement issues for the Federal Student Aid programs. Poulin serves as interim co-executive director and deputy director, research and analysis for......

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  • 2014 January 6

    WICHE Launches New Block Transfer Framework

    Boulder, CO – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has just launched the Interstate Passport, a new block transfer framework based on learning outcomes, not courses and credits. Sixteen institutions in four states involved in the pilot project – Hawai‘i, North Dakota, Oregon, and Utah – are signatories to the Interstate Passport Agreement. Other WICHE......

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  • 2013 December 2

    SARA Launches Website & Releases FAQs

    Boulder, Colorado — The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has launched its website and released guidelines, FAQs, and other information for states and institutions that want to streamline the approval process for interstate operations of distance education. SARA, funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, is a national......

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  • 2013 November 5

    WICHE Projects High School Grads by Sex and Metro Area

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  • 2013 September 12

    State Authorization Reciprocity Initiative Appoints Executive Director and Board

    Boulder, Colorado — Marshall Hill has been appointed the executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a new initiative that will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education. The initiative, funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, brings together the four regional......

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  • 2013 August 5

    Major Grant Awarded to WICHE & Partners to Create Interstate Reciprocity in Postsecondary Distance Education

    Boulder, Colorado —  The  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its partners have been awarded a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation for a national initiative that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education......

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  • 2013 March 21

    WICHE & the Center for Urban Education Partner on Student Equity Project in Colorado

    logo for USC RossierBoulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California are partnering on a project supporting the implementation of Colorado’s bold higher education......

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  • 2013 January 10

    New Report Projects High School Graduating Classes Will Be Smaller, More Diverse

    Boulder, Colorado — The 8th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, released today by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), indicates that the population of U.S. high school graduates is entering a period of modest decline after nearly two decades of sustained growth.

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  • 2012 December 17

    Pacific Islands Join WICHE

    Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has accepted the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as its newest member.

    CNMI is the first of the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands to join WICHE, whose other members are the 15 Western U.S. states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,......

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  • 2012 October 11

    Boulder, Colorado - The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, a competition that recognizes innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education. Since 2004, the WOW award has been presented to colleges, universities, and organizations for exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to a significant problem or need in higher education.

    2012 WOW Award logoBoulder, Colorado - The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, a competition that recognizes innovative uses of educational technologies......

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  • 2012 February 1

    WICHE Endorses Committing to Quality

    Boulder, Colorado — U.S. colleges and universities must ensure that college degrees reflect a high level of student achievement and commit to publicly reporting evidence of student learning. That’s the message of a new publication from the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, endorsed by 27 national higher education organizations, including the Western......

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  • 2011 October 20

    WICHE Awarded Grant to Improve Transfer Process

    Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded a $550,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York for a pilot project that will focus on the college transfer process. Inefficiencies in the transfer process can create major stumbling blocks for students trying to earn a degree. The Interstate Passport Initiative will attack the......

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  • 2011 September 13

    WICHE recognizes Schapira and Court for contributions as members of Legislative Advisory Committee

    Boulder, Colorado — As the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) convenes its annual meeting of the Legislative Advisory Committee today in Seattle, we are proud to recognize Arizona Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and House Majority Leader Steve Court for their service to this organization and the thousands of students at institutions of higher learning in......

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  • 2011 August 31

    College Choices for Adults releases new data to track how learners are retained and complete at partner institutions

    Boulder, Colorado — College Choices for Adults (......

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  • 2011 April 7

    NGLC Grant Awarded to Online Science Consortium

     

    Boulder, Colorado — The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) has been awarded a grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, an initiative working to improve U.S. college readiness and completion, especially among low-income individuals, by identifying and accelerating the growth of effective education technology. The 15-month project, funded at just under $750,......

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  • 2010 September 29

    WICHE Awarded a Lumina Foundation Grant to Develop a Learning Network Designed to Help Adults Complete College Degrees

    Boulder, Colorado — As part of a new nationwide effort, Lumina Foundation for Education has awarded the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) a four-year grant to develop a learning network to support Lumina’s Adult Degree Completion strategy. The network will be made up of regional organizations, state agencies, city programs, nonprofit organizations and others......

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  • 2010 September 13

    WICHE to Pilot Multistate Data Exchange

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  • 2010 April 21

    2010 Hall of Fame Induction for Dr. Ellen Wagner and Dr. Farhad (Fred) Saba by the United States Distance Learning Association

    Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 -- The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) the world’s premier distance learning association will induct Dr. Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) and Partner / Principal Analyst for Sage Road Solutions along with Dr. Farhad (Fred) Saba, CEO, Distance-Educator......

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  • 2009 October 7

    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education awarded $1 million for college mental health intervention study

    Boulder, Colorado — The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded $1 million to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to test a college mental health intervention over the next two years. The grant will fund a groundbreaking study......

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  • 2009 February 5

    WICHE Wins Additional Funds to Work with Adults to Finish College

    Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded a $412,000 supplemental grant by Lumina Foundation for Education to expand its project Non-traditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners. The goal of Non-traditional No More – originally funded by Lumina at $755,100 – is to increase adult learners’ access to......

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  • 2009 February 5

    WICHE to Work with New Jersey & South Dakota on Project to Help Adults Finish their Degrees

    Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has chosen two new states to participate in its project Non-traditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners. WICHE will work with New Jersey and South Dakota over the next two years to stimulate and guide policy and practice changes that will make it easier for “ready adults” – those who are......

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  • 2009 January 6

    WICHE & Hezel Associates Partner on Articulation & Transfer Project

    Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded a grant by Lumina Foundation for Education to work with education research firm Hezel Associates on a project focused on articulation and transfer. WICHE and Hezel Associates will examine how state colleges and universities coordinate their programs and services to support......

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