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American Council on Education to use Passport Learning Outcomes as a workforce framework

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the American Council on Education announce a collaboration to help more students with prior learning attain high-quality postsecondary credentials.

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News Release
29Jun

American Council on Education to use Passport Learning Outcomes as a workforce framework

BOULDER, Colo. – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the American Council on Education (ACE) announce a collaboration to help more students with prior learning attain high-quality postsecondary credentials. WICHE’s Interstate Passport Network®, with 46 members...

News Release
11Jun

University of Alaska Fairbanks joins Interstate Passport Network

BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) becomes the second higher education institution from the state of Alaska to join the Interstate Passport Network. With seven campuses across the state, UAF enrolls more than 8,500 students from all...

News Release
02Jun

University of Alaska Southeast is newest member of Interstate Passport

BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Alaska Southeast is the 42nd higher education institution in the country to join the Interstate Passport Network. The third regional university of the University of Alaska system, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) joins...

News Release
19May

WICHE Commission approves resolution supporting flexibility in postsecondary education in the West due to COVID-19 outbreak

BOULDER, Colo.—The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our nation’s education systems, including the nearly 400 public and private colleges and universities in 16 Western states and territories. Prospective students face uncertainty about their academic future in...

News Release
27Feb

WICHE, WCET part of efforts to develop national network to support scaling, adoption of OER

BOULDER, Colo. – College and university leaders are working across state lines to reduce barriers faced by students and to empower faculty with access to a wide range of instructional materials. WICHE and its sister regional higher education compact organizations...

2019

News Release
17Dec

WICHE elects new officers for 2019-20

Camille Preus, of Oregon, named chair; Susan Anderson, of Alaska, named vice chair; Ray Holmberg, of North Dakota, to serve as immediate past chair Camille Preus, executive director of the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA), has been elected as...

Newsletter
02Dec

NewsCap | December 2019

The newsletter from WICHE serving Western states, students, and institutions since 1953.

News Release
08Oct

Jessica Rowland Williams named director of Every Learner Everywhere

BOULDER, Colo. – Jessica Rowland Williams has been named director of Every Learner Everywhere (Every Learner), a network of 12 partners strengthening digital learning in postsecondary institutions. WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) serves as the intermediary for Every Learner Everywhere....

Newsletter
02Sep

NewsCap | September 2019

The newsletter from WICHE serving Western states, students, and institutions since 1953.

News Release
20Aug

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology joins groundbreaking college transfer network

BOULDER, Colo. – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) becomes the first institution in Illinois to join the Interstate Passport Network (IPN), a nationwide network of two- and four-year colleges and universities that allows students to transfer lower-division...

Newsletter
01Jul

NewsCap | July 2019

The newsletter from WICHE serving Western states, students, and institutions since 1953.

News Release
30May

Postsecondary, legislative, and other leaders attend the Western Interstate Commission’s semi-annual meeting in Bismarck

North Dakota State Sen. Ray Holmberg, chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), convened the interstate agency’s semi-annual meeting on May 20-21 at Bismarck State College. One of four regional higher education compacts in the U.S.,...

News Release
20May

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education appoints seven new commissioners

Seven new commissioners were recently appointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a federal interstate compact of 16 Western state and territorial members that work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of...

News Release
20May

Russ Poulin will lead WCET as new WICHE VP of technology-enhanced education

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) today appointed Russ Poulin vice president of technology-enhanced education for WICHE and executive director of WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies), WICHE President Demarée Michelau announced at the agency’s biannual...

News Release
29Apr

Univ. of Idaho program wins 2019 Colleagues’ Choice award at Forum meeting

A faculty-productivity reporting tool developed at the University of Idaho was honored by the Western Academic Leadership Forum (the Forum) Thursday at the group’s annual meeting in Boulder, Colo.

News Release
10Apr

Williston State College program wins WICHE Bernice Joseph Award

An innovative first-term advising program at Williston State College in North Dakota was honored by the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance) at its annual meeting last Thursday in Salt Lake City.

News Release
01Apr

Behavioral Health VP Mohatt honored for community psychology contributions by APA division

Mohatt received the honor based on his career-long efforts helping to create, collaborate on, and advocate for mental health services in rural communities, optimizing their administrative and service strategies, and making important research and scholarship contributions to community psychology....

Newsletter
11Feb

February 2019 NewsCap

This is the February 2019 edition of WICHE's bimonthly newsletter.

News Release
06Feb

WICHE awarded $900,000 for initiative exploring recognition of learning

This WICHE effort, launched in 12/18, incorporates a landscape analysis of postsecondary education recognition of learning policy and practice, and an evaluation of primary learning assessment methods and their impact on student and workforce outcomes.

News Release
24Jan

Five new commissioners appointed to WICHE

Five new commissioners were recently appointed to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a federal interstate compact of 16 Western states and territories that work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the...

News Release
18Jan

Western students saved $417+ million through WICHE tuition-savings programs in 2018-19

America’s largest interstate higher education tuition-savings programs set records in 2018-19 for students enrolled and dollars saved.

2018

Newsletter
18Dec

NewsCap: December 2018

This is the December 2018 edition of the biannual newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Media Mentions
02Dec

California students find tuition discounts, less-crowded campuses out of state

This EdSource story comprehensively featured WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, and its value in serving California students.

Media Mentions
16Nov

Statewide Data on OER Savings

This Inside Higher Ed article features WCET Open Policy Director Tanya Spilovoy commenting on a North Dakota state audit that found significant cost savings to be had through use of open educational resources.

News Release
14Nov

North Dakota’s Ray Holmberg elected chair of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

North Dakota State Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks, N.D. was elected Nov. 9 as the new chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), at WICHE’s biannual commission meeting last week in Broomfield, Colo. WICHE, a...

Media Mentions
13Nov

Closing Attainment Gaps at Native-Serving Institutions

This ACT Center for Equity in Learning blog post is authored by Ken Pepion, who recently retired after 25 years of service to WICHE.

News Release
09Nov

Demarée Michelau appointed president of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has appointed Dr. Demarée Michelau president of the regional interstate higher education agency serving 16 Western members, including U.S. states, territories, and freely associated states and their 80 million residents.

Newsletter
15Oct

NewsCap: October 2018

This is the October 2018 edition of the biannual newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Newsletter
01Aug

NewsCap: August 2018

This is the August 2018 edition of the newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

News Release
31Jul

NSI Summit July 26-27 sparks progress toward budding alliance

The first annual Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) National Summit was held July 26-27 at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, attracting nearly 100 higher education leaders to discuss, debate, and problem-solve issues unique to 24 Native-Serving colleges and universities.

Newsletter
01Jun

NewsCap: June 2018

This is the June 2018 edition of the newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

News Release
25May

Ben Cannon appointed to WICHE commission

Ben Cannon, executive director of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission since 2013, has been appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) commission.

News Release
10May

Arizona, Utah, Wyoming selected for WICHE Task Force to close postsecondary attainment gaps

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has selected three states—Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming—through a competitive RFP process to participate in its new Task Force on Closing Postsecondary Attainment Gaps.

News Release
08May

David Longanecker appointed interim president of WICHE

The commissioners of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) unanimously appointed Dr. David A. Longanecker interim president of the primary interstate higher education agency serving 16 states and territories.

News Release
30Apr

Cal State Long Beach data fellows program wins regional higher education honor

Data Fellows for Student Success, a California State University Long Beach program that deploys institutional data in innovative and collaborative ways to support student success, was honored by the Western Academic Leadership Forum.

News Release
24Apr

Washington State program supporting minority faculty wins regional higher education award

A Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) program to aid retention and mentorship of underrepresented faculty throughout the system was honored by the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders.

Newsletter
01Apr

NewsCap: April 2018

This is the April 2018 edition of the newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. 

News Release
23Mar

Rick Aman appointed to WICHE commission

Dr. Rick Aman, president of the newly created College of Eastern Idaho, has been appointed by Idaho Gov. C.L. (“Butch”) Otter to the governing body of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

News Release
08Feb

Student savings surpass $400 million for WICHE out-of-state tuition-discount programs in 2017-18

America’s largest interstate higher education tuition-discount programs set records in 2017-18 for students enrolled and dollars saved.

Newsletter
01Feb

NewsCap: February 2018

This is the February 2018 edition of the newsletter of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

News Release
30Jan

$400,000 Lumina Foundation grant to seed WICHE Task Force to close postsecondary attainment gaps

This month, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) will initiate a Task Force on Closing Postsecondary Attainment Gaps—thanks to a $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant.

News Release
11Jan

$990,000 Lumina Foundation grant will help WICHE start new Native-Serving Institutions network

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education will soon launch a new consortium for colleges and universities that heavily serve Native American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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