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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301-2204
Contact: Dr. David Longanecker, President
Tel: 303 541-0201
Fax 303 541-0245
Organization and Structure: The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a congressionally chartered nonprofit (501c3) organization. While its roots are planted solidly in the West, its reach – in terms of both its policy work and its service to states – extends across the U.S. WICHE has a national reputation in the education policy community and education media. It provides direct services to multiple states, who value our staff for its knowledge and experience.
Our Mission: Our mission is to improve student access to higher education and to strengthen higher education’s contribution to each state’s social, economic, and civic life. We work with critical stakeholders – educational leaders, legislators, the business community, and students – seeking to find the best answers to the challenges higher education faces today.
Governance and Board Commitment: WICHE is governed by a 45-member commission. The governor of each of the 15 member states appoints three commissioners to serve four-year terms. The commissioners provide policy and fiscal oversight, hire the organization’s president, and evaluate the president’s performance. The commission ensures that the organization is in compliance with its bylaws and the Western Regional Compact, which was signed by the member states and ratified by Congress. The commissioners also approve WICHE’s annual workplan and budget; annual dues of the member states; and all externally funded initiatives (programs that are not funded by the state dues).
Staff Resources and Approaches to Project Management: WICHE brings considerable resources to bear on the tasks of consulting, facilitation, training, and project management. Our grant-funded research projects typically include multiple components: qualitative and quantitative research components; policy analysis; and examination of best practice, followed by technical assistance. In addition, WICHE continually updates and publishes online an extensive array of policy indicators, including data tables and figures drawn from various national sources, such as the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state agencies. In any given year, WICHE staff may be overseeing 20 to 30 separate projects or initiatives. These projects include grants and contracts from federal agencies, initiatives supported by major foundations, and fee-for-service contracts for various entities. As of the fall of 2010, WICHE employed 37 professional staff and six nonprofessional staff.
History of Grants/Contracts related to SINS 874-1; 874-2, 874-4, 874-7: From its founding in 1953, WICHE has been engaged in consulting, facilitation, training, and project management. But its work on funded contracts of this nature began in earnest in 1955, when the National Institute of Mental Health awarded WICHE a grant to survey the training resources and educational facilities in psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychiatric social work, and nursing. This was followed in 1956 by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that enabled WICHE to form a regional council of Western nurse educators and convene annual conferences of nursing educators with a focus on the improvement of graduate education and research. During the two year period 2009-10, WICHE received nearly $10 million in contracts for consulting, facilitation, training, and program management services.
WICHE’s Financial & Accounting Processes and Capacity: As a congressionally chartered nonprofit, WICHE is strongly committed to financial accountability, transparency, and accuracy and achieves these aims through annual audits, a WICHE Audit Committee, and state-of-the-art accounting and payroll systems.
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