Educators, Faculty, and Administrators

Educators, Faculty, AdministratorsWICHE helps with a host of initiatives that assist institutions in making the smartest possible investments in education and learning technologies. The West’s colleges and universities have to stretch every dollar they get while offering flexible learning environments to meet today's broadbased student population. Read what higher ed administrators are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs.

 
  • Provides a repository of useful processes and tools to assist academic leaders in their decision making role.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WCET offers face-to-face and virtual opportunities, both synchronous and asynchronous, to engage with other higher education decision makers at events including the WCET Annual Meeting, Leadership Summits, webcasts, and more.

  • Through an agreement between WICHE and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, colleges and universities; K-12 districts and entities; city, county, and state governments, and some non-profit organizations are achieving substantial cost savings by purchasing computers, software, printers , and other products through MHECtech.

  • WICHE ICE enables students, through their home institutions, to seamlessly access high quality online courses and programs offered by other four-year and two-year ICE member institutions.

  • Interstate Passport – A new program that facilitates block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes and transfer-level proficiency criteria, with the goals of improving graduate rates, shortening time to degree, and saving students money.

  • Since 2004, WICHE has partnered with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to expand MHEC's Master Property Program (MPP) to include two-year and four-year, public and private institutions in the WICHE region. The program helps colleges and universities in the West improve their insurance coverage and lower premium costs. Members buy property insurance as a group and benefit from the financial stability and 16 years of experience and continuity of the MHEC group.

  • 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.

  • WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 10 western states and the CNMI to enroll in selected out-of-state professional healthcare programs and pay reduced tuition.

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

  • WCET’s annual meeting continues to be one of the top-rated conferences in the country on e-learning in higher education. The conference program broadly captures a host of issues such as innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching, student retention, marketing, alumni relations, and student services.

  • 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. 

  • Incubated at WCET, the PAR Framework applies descriptive, inferential, and predictive analytical data-mining techniques to a single, federated dataset to better gauge risks and implement interventions that remove barriers to student success.

  • Provides the West’s top academic leadership at four-year institutions and related system and state agencies with a forum for sharing information and expertise and collaborating on regional initiatives.

  • Dear Colleagues:

    It is with great pleasure I offer this greeting on behalf of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, an organization that represents and serves academic leadership. The Alliance is an outstanding organization, which facilitates communication and collaboration among academic leaders who daily, face a multitude of opportunities and challenges.

    One of the primary benefits I have received as a member of the Alliance is direct communication with colleagues from more than 16 states who are always willing to respond to a request for information through the list serve.  It is common for to have a member pose a question on the list serve to members of the Alliance, and in minutes, members will respond by offering sound advice from their own experience, citing state or national policies or providing contact the information for a content expert.  These experiences always leave me feeling grateful to be connected to a large network of professionals who really understand the mission and business of community colleges.

    It often feels like the meeting mission of community colleges includes being all things to all people. Finding the balance between meeting the workforce needs of the communities we serve, preparing students for a successful transfer to four-year institutions, and ensuring students have every opportunity possible to be successful in higher education can be daunting work. The Alliance provides a number of resources to support academic leaders in addressing ongoing issues like assessment of student learning outcomes or developing new academic leaders for the future.

    The Alliance website provides links to some of our major initiatives, like the Interstate Passport and he Academic Leaders Toolkit. The website is also linked with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which provides resources and information on almost all aspects of higher education. If you are reading this greeting, I hope that you are a current member and are making plans now to attend the annual meeting next spring in Seattle. If you are not a member I hope that you consider joining the Alliance, I believe this professional organization will make a difference in your work life, it has made a difference in mine.Provides chief academic leaders of two-year institutions and related system and state agencies with the opportunity to share resources and expertise as they collaboratively address issues of common concern which are beyond the scope of a single institution or state.

  • 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.