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A program that offers out-of-state students a break on college tuition brings myriad benefits to Nevada’s higher education system, officials say.
The Western Undergraduate Exchange this year attracted thousands of students to the state’s colleges — many at the University of Nevada, Reno — a program that helps diversify and improve schools throughout the Silver State.
Western Oregon University has been an active member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for more than a decade, but Director of Admissions Rob Findtner still meets students who are unfamiliar with WICHE’s most popular program, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).
“You can never assume that people know,” said Findtner, who, like other members of the Admissions team, travels around the western U.S. telling families about WOU. “You just have to remind people ‘We’re part of the WUE system.’ And the students who do know what it is will often chime in, educating other students about it. That’s great when that happens.”
WICHE has helped save CNMI families a total of $475,000, a nearly 700 percent return rate in regards to the CNMI’s WICHE membership share of $72,500.
“WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program helps students in remote areas affordably pursue high-demand health care careers at participating colleges and universities—and when these students return home to power their workforce and serve their citizens, their communities reap the benefit,” said WICHE president Joe Garcia. “More than 600 students saved nearly $15 million in tuition last year through PSEP, and I’m excited to welcome the CNMI and its aspiring health care professionals to this program.”