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.

Media Releases

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

BOULDER—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 federal compact of Western states and U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states, works collaboratively to expand higher education access and excellence throughout the West.

Friday, November 9, 2018

BOULDER, CO—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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Behavioral Health Program and the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines have been selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to co-administer a new Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MH–TTC).

The selection is accompanied by a five-year funding commitment of $3.8 million. The Mountain Plains (Region 8) encompasses Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


DENVER—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, and to the tens of thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native students who attend these off-reservation institutions.

Friday, May 25, 2018


BOULDER—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, the governing board of the primary regional higher education agency serving a population of 80 million across 16 member states and territories.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


BOULDER—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.