Media Releases

For general WICHE Media Inquiries contact jsimon@wiche.edu, director of strategic communications.


  • 2017 April 27

    Portland State University Receives 2017 Academic Leaders Toolkit Award at the Western Academic Leadership Forum Annual Meeting

    Boulder, Colorado – The Western Academic Leadership Forum (the Forum) presented the 2017 Academic Leaders Tool of the Year Award to Portland State University for its Desk Manuals Tool on Thursday, April 27, in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the Forum’s Annual Meeting. The theme of the annual meeting was “Designing for Quality in Higher Education Facet by......

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  • 2017 March 24

    University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges Receives 2017 Inaugural Bernice Joseph Award at the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders Annual Meeting

    Boulder, Colorado – The Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance) presented the 2017 Bernice Joseph Award to the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges for its Sector Mapping Tool on Thursday, March 23, in Long Beach, California, during the Alliance’s Annual Meeting.

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  • 2016 December 6th

    NUMBER OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ACROSS AMERICA LEVELING OFF; MINORITY GRADS RISING, TO BE NEAR MAJORITY SOON

    The steady growth in high school graduates that led to significant expansion of higher education in the United States in recent decades is coming to an abrupt halt.

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  • November 10, 2016

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

    Boulder, Colorado – New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Assistant Dean Patricia A. Sullivan on Nov. 10 was elected chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Westminster, CO. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S., WICHE (www......

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  • November 10, 2016

    Clay Christian Elected Vice Chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

    Boulder, Colorado – Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian on Nov. 10 was elected vice chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Westminster, CO. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S., WICHE (www.wiche.edu......

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  • 2016 June 29

    Interstate Passport Initiative Framework Complete

    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......

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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 July 2016.

    Garcia currently also serves in the dual role as executive director of the Colorado......

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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 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 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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