Approval of WICHE’s FY 2020 budget and workplan, plus fine-tuning one of the organization’s fast-growing student access programs, were among the agenda items for the WICHE Spring Meeting, held May 20-21 in Bismarck, N.D. The theme, “Higher Education in the West: Imagining the Future,” was underscored in plenary sessions featuring valuable perspectives on various topics: a futurist’s take on societal, labor market, and technology changes influencing postsecondary education; the potential of digital resources to create new pathways for learners; an overview of the cultures, governance, and economies of WICHE’s 16th and newest member, the U.S. Pacific Territories & Freely Associated States. The leaders of three accrediting agencies also addressed trends and developments shaping their efforts related to ensuring student success and institutional continuous improvement.
The WICHE Commission approved a new policy that provides more flexibility to institutions offering graduate programs to nonresident students through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Beginning in summer/fall 2020, institutions can set the tuition rate for nonresidents at up to 150 percent of the resident-tuition rate, aligning WRGP’s tuition policy with that of WICHE’S largest student access program, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).
Some institutions may opt not to increase their WRGP tuition rate and continue to charge resident tuition. Students already enrolled in a WRGP program will be “grandfathered in” under the tuition-setting rules that prevailed when they were enrolled.
Use the WRGP Savings Finder to browse the 950 graduate programs at 58 public institutions in the West currently available through WRGP. For additional information, contact WRGP Program Director Margo Colalancia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.541.0214.