Media Releases

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


SEATTLE—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 (the Alliance) at its annual meeting last Thursday in Seattle.

Friday, March 23, 2018


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

Thursday, February 8, 2018


BOULDER—America’s largest interstate higher education tuition-discount programs set records in 2017-18 for students enrolled and dollars saved. 42,240 students saved more than $403 million—up 7 percent from 2016-17—on three programs managed by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in its 16 member states and territories, the agency announced today.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


BOULDER—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—through which WICHE policy and research experts will bring together stakeholders in select states to increase higher education credential attainment for underserved student populations.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


BOULDER—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, with support from a three-year grant from Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

BOULDER—Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian was elected Nov. 10 as new chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—the interstate agency for public higher education in the Western United States—at WICHE’s fall Commission meeting in Denver.

As chair through November 2018, Christian will lead WICHE’s 48-member commission of higher education executives and influencers. This commission governs a robust slate of program, research, and policy work—executed by WICHE’s staff of 60 based in Boulder, Colo.—that increases public higher education affordability, access, and resource-sharing in WICHE’s 16 member states and territories serving a western U.S. population of over 75 million.

His election was unanimous, as was the vice chair election of North Dakota state senator Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks, a WICHE commissioner since 2013.