WICHE Initiatives

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 WICHE Mental Health Program has recently written a successful application to receive funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Network Development Planning Grant,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supports consumers' evaluations and assessments of state-level mental health services in South Dakota.

  • Contains information and tools to implement state of the art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving work faces in primary care practices

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

  • Enables interstate collaboration for improving data infrastructure and performance measurement in public mental health systems.

  • The WICHE research center focuses upon a range of studies to expand the science in the area of behavioral health services and policy.