Media Releases

For general WICHE Media Inquiries contact Jennifer Lucas, Strategic Communications Director.


  • 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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  • 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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