• 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 a ...

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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, 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. ...

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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). ...

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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 WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). He and Marshall Hill, who has previously served on three such rulemaking sessions, will represent the field of distance education in the process. ...

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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 states and institutions can now apply for Passport status. The goal of the initiative is to create a more friction free pathway for students to transfer their general education or liberal arts core from institutions in one state to those in another. In recent years, after realizing that swirling was common, states have moved to provide uniform transfer opportunities within states. The Passport is designed to extend these strategies to the entire western region of states and beyond. The project is poised to address quality issues as well as to increase completion rates for the nation. ...

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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 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. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which manages the grant and is home to the NC-SARA offices, along with its regional partners – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education. ...

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  • 2013 November 5

    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 ...

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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 higher education compacts – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education – to work to 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 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. WICHE and its regional partners – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – along with the Presidents’ Forum, the Council of State Governments (CSG), and the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education, created by the  State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), worked together to forge a national initiative, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), that will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education.   ...

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  • 2013 March 21

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

    Boulder, 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 reform agenda. With funding from the Ford Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE and CUE will work with three postsecondary institutions in Colorado – the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Aurora – as well as with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and the Colorado Community College System to align the state’s higher education policy measures with concrete, equity-focused measures. ...

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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 Edu ...

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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, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. ...

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  • 2012 October 11

    WCET Recognizes Outstanding Works In Higher Education

    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. The 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award recognizes these member organizations for their notable contributions to higher education: ...

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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 Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). ...

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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 transfer problem at an interstate level, with the goal of improving graduation rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students money. Institutions in five Western states—California, Hawaii, North Dakota, Oregon, and Utah—will participate. ...

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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 Arizona. ...

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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 (http://www.collegechoicesforadults.org), an information-rich online resource that helps adult learners make informed choices about distance education options, has added a new data item, learner progress. “As institutions who serve adult students, we recognized that the IPEDS measures of graduation and retention rates were not wholly representative of our student populations,” said Ed Klonoski, chair of the Executive Committee for Transparency by Design and President, Charter Oak State College. “The Learner Progress metrics open up the students counted to include part-time and transfer-in students, thus giving a more inclusive view of how our students progress and complete.” ...

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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 $750,000 and including a consortium of institutions in the Western U.S. and Canada, aims to add a powerful new component to online science courses: students will have access to a remotely located science lab and the ability to control remote instrumentation, allowing them to perform experiments, practice scientific observation, and conduct data analysis, as students in classroom-based courses do. ...

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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 working to help those adults who have earned a significant number of college credits but left postsecondary education before finishing return to complete their degrees. ...

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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.com and Professor of Educational Technology, San Diego State University into the 2010 USDLA Hall of Fame during its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards program in conjunction with the USDLA 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 2010. ...

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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 to test whether a community mental health intervention program reduces some of the barriers that keep college students from seeking mental health services. ...

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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 and success in postsecondary education. ...

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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 just shy of having enough credits to obtain a degree but haven’t yet returned to college – to earn their diplomas. ...

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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 students who move from two-year to four-year institutions. ...

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