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Boulder, Colorado — The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) has launched its website and released guidelines, FAQs, and other information for states and institutions that want to streamline the approval process for interstate operations of distance education. SARA, funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, is a national initiative that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which manages the grant and is home to the NC-SARA offices, along with its regional partners – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education.

Boulder, Colorado — Marshall Hill has been appointed the executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a new initiative that will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education. The initiative, funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, brings together the four regional higher education compacts – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New England Board of Higher Education, Southern Regional Education Board, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education – to work to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

Boulder, Colorado —  The  Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its partners have been awarded a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation for a national initiative that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. WICHE and its regional partners – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) – along with the Presidents’ Forum, the Council of State Governments (CSG), and the Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education, created by the  State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), worked together to forge a national initiative, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), that will create interstate reciprocity in the regulation of postsecondary distance education.
 

logo for USC RossierBoulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California are partnering on a project supporting the implementation of Colorado’s bold higher education reform agenda. With funding from the Ford Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE and CUE will work with three postsecondary institutions in Colorado – the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Aurora – as well as with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and the Colorado Community College System to align the state’s higher education policy measures with concrete, equity-focused measures.

Boulder, Colorado — The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has accepted the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) as its newest member.

CNMI is the first of the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands to join WICHE, whose other members are the 15 Western U.S. states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

2012 WOW Award logoBoulder, Colorado - The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, a competition that recognizes innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education. Since 2004, the WOW award has been presented to colleges, universities, and organizations for exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to a significant problem or need in higher education.

The 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award recognizes these member organizations for their notable contributions to higher education:

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