Policymakers and Researchers

  • Aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase college completion by adults with prior college credits but no degree in a collaborative learning network

  • Throughout the past 50 years the WICHE Mental Health Program has been actively engaged in mental health workforce development activities for the West.

  • Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2013 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities.

  • WICHE's College Access Regional (CAR) Network is a collaborative effort that brings together state projects focused on increasing postsecondary access and success for low-income students.  The CAR Network began as an effort to spur collaboration between states who were receiving the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

  • With funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) have partnered to build upon the work conducted as part of Changing Direction: Integrating Higher Education Financial Aid and Financing Policy, a four-year project also funded by Lumina that yielded many important lessons and insights about financial aid and financing policies in the states.

  • The Internet is a crucial part of higher education today. Students, faculty, and staff must have access to institutional web content for many essential activities such as registering, applying for financial aid completing assignments, employment, testing, and delivering or augmenting courses. However, if websites that provide necessary information are not accessible, those with disabilities may not be able to independently complete their daily tasks or compete with their peers in academia and beyond.

  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been producing high school graduate forecasts for over 30 years, for use by a wide and diverse audience of policymakers, enrollment managers, college counselors, schools and school districts, researchers, and the media.

  • With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has embarked on a project entitled Facilitating Development of a Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange. Its principal objective is to pilot a data exchange among several states – initially four Western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii) have been invited to participate.

  • Focuses on the effectiveness of alternative modes of education, serving as a companion to Thomas L. Russell's book The No Significant Difference Phenomenon.

  • A project of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, Non-traditional No More is working with five states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota – to identify their “ready adult” population – those adults who are close to having enough credits to obtain a degree but have not yet returned to college.

  • NANSLO is an international consortium enabling access to high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware, integrating immersive web-based labs with software, video and robotics for the study of science courses.

  • Compiles a list of policy publications for Western decision makers, including studies, reports, surveys and briefs published by research and public policy organizations.

  • Incubated at WCET, the PAR Framework is a national, non-profit provider of learning analytics as a service.

  • WICHE's electronic fact book, Policy Indicators for Higher Education: WICHE States, presents regional as well as state-by-state data with analyses on several fiscal, demographic, economic, and social indicators important to policymakers, educators, and researchers in the West. The indicators are updated periodically as new data become available.

  • Offers an inventory of state-level policies and resources in key policy domains related to student achievement, access, and success in higher education.

  • Supplies a set of resources to determine the costs of offering a course through different delivery methods.

  • The Transparency by Design initiative was a collaborative collection of regionally-accredited, adult-serving, distance education institutions with a mission to help adult learners become informed consumers of distance education. Though the student-facing website has closed, valuable resources for those promoting accountability in higher education are available from Transparency by Design.

  • Reports on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, providing a state-by-state and institution-by-institution review of tuition changes for the current academic year, as well as those from one, five, and 10 years ago.

  • WCET members can take advantage of two email lists – WCETNews and WCETDiscuss.  WCETNews is a moderated list used to distribute WCET's popular Article Digest, job posting from WCET members, announcements and breaking news of general interest to our members. WCETDiscuss is a moderated discussion list where members can get ideas and input on pertinent e-learning topics from peers across the country. 

  • Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), hosted the meeting What the Common Core State Standards Mean to Higher Education in the West, on November 9 and November 10, 2010, at the State Higher Education Policy Center in Boulder, Colorado.