WICHE Project Archive

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.


The WICHE MHP provided training about the WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices during a September 2017 conference for Idaho health care providers.


Career coaches from each institution participating in the CHEO grant were invited to attend this workshop. Experts in the career coaching field presented information on using assessments to assist students in making career choices, using social media for communication and networking and creating effective strategic partnerships with workforce and industry. In addition, career coaches learned about the data collection process and the career hub being developed for allied health students. Participants also participated in working group sessions.

Faculty and instructional designers from institutions participating in the Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) initiative were invited to attend this workshop. The focus for this final workshop was to provide participants thought-provoking topics that guide them when developing and enhancing their hybrid and online curriculum developed for their allied health courses. 


With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE hosted an invitation-only meeting titled, “College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges.” The meeting took place October 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO, brought together key higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in order to:


WICHE coordinated three face-to-face workshops and eight professional development webinars for career coaches the first three years of this U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.  Topics focused on best practice in providing career coaching services to students and other topics identified by career coaches as important in building their knowledge and skills.


In FY 11, the WICHE Mental Health Program completed a study for the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix.

WICHE worked with the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services In New Mexico to support workforce development and community competence through the initiation of training and community development activities directed toward emergent psychiatric issues in underserved rural communitie

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

The State of South Dakota has undergone inspiring transformational changes as they continue to build a framework for statewide partnership and progress toward an integrated System of Care (SOC) that provides individualized services and supports for children, youth, and families. 

W-SARA – The WICHE State Authorization Agreement, and those of the other three regional higher education compacts, make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.


Focused on two of the most important state-level issues facing our region: access for historically underrepresented groups and the role of higher education in state workforce development and economic development, with the goal of helping states build the capacity for change and to initiate that change by consensus building and action-oriented work.

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.

State Scholars Initiative – WICHE served as the program administrator of the State Scholars Initiative from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2009, through a $6.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998.

The Consortium was created in the belief that a regional approach is a way that some Western states can effectively and efficiently participate in advanced placement programs and broaden access for low-income and rural students.


Resources for serving veterans and active duty military

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.


WICHE, in partnership with SAMHSA, developed cultural competence standards in mental health across different ethnicities/races, ultimately producing the SAMHSA/CMHS National Standards for Cultural Competence. Standards, guidelines and cultural competencies for managed behavioral health services for racial/ethnic populations were produced by four national panels with the recognition that in order to provide individualized mental health services, consumers should be viewed within the context of their cultural group and their experiences from being part of that group.

Our military has been called to serve in harm’s way extensively since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This call has included record numbers of personnel from our nation’s reserve component, as well as the active duty forces serving multiple tours in highly stressful combat operations. The goal of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is to ensure the success of these individuals as they return home to the WICHE West.

A promising practice is a given practice’s potential to become evidence-based. This potential is acknowledged in identifying an “emerging” or “promising” practice. The promising practices of today will, with sound theoretical rationale and thorough science, become the EBPs of tomorrow. For the purposes of this section, a promising practice is a behavioral health intervention that appears to be effective but does not yet have enough evaluation data to consistently demonstrate positive outcomes.

Through the engagement of representatives from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, this initiative sought to build a truly regional approach to the goal of expanding diversity in the health professions, thereby also helping to ensure an supply of trained workers in these rapidly growing fields.