Our Mission

WICHE works collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all residents of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life.


WICHE Initiatives

Student Access

Policy & Research

Collaboration & Leadership

Technology-Enhanced Learning

Behavioral Health

WICHE programs such as the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Interstate Passport help Western students save money, transfer seamlessly, and access diverse programs throughout the West.

WICHE provides expert research and policy guidance to help legislators, policymakers, and other higher education stakeholders make well-informed, data-driven decisions.

WICHE convenes leaders in and beyond higher education to help them learn from each other, optimize resources, and bring innovations to states, students, and institutions.

WICHE’s WCET unit is the national leader in higher-ed practice, policy, and advocacy in this area.

Since 1955, the WICHE Behavioral Health Program has helped Western states prepare the workforce and systems that serve the whole-health needs of the West.

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In Focus

Knocking at the College Door

The nation’s premier resource for detailed projections of high school graduates, published every four years (most recently in December 2016) and enhanced by geographic and demographic detail.