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WICHE ICE Benefits

WICHE ICE membership can help your institution respond to student demand for specialized and popular courses and programs. By joining WICHE ICE, your institution will:

  • offer expanded online course and program offerings to students.

  • respond more quickly to workforce demands by sharing online courses and programs with other accredited institutions.

  • review courses from member institutions for requirements and assess their quality before students take them.

Beyond more opportunities for students, institutions will also:

  • increase marginal revenue for courses that are not filled to capacity.

  • support effective student learning, assessment and continuous improvement.

  • achieve cost efficiencies by avoiding or sharing the cost of new course and program development.

  • share faculty in hard to staff disciplines.

  • keep courses with low enrollments viable.

WICHE ICE benefits students by providing:

  • convenient and flexible access to a wider range of courses, academic programs and faculty expertise in a variety of disciplines.

  • seamless financial aid and credit transfer.  

  • opportunities to take courses that can help them graduate faster and avoid having to register at multiple institutions.

  • academic advising at their home institution.

  • information on how a course will be credited toward their degree before they enroll.

States and regions involved in WICHE ICE will:

  • respond more quickly to workforce demands by offering online courses and programs collaboratively.

  • help more people take advantage of higher education opportunities.

Faculty members at WICHE ICE member institutions will have opportunities to:

  • teach in their area of expertise to a broader range of students.

  • collaborate with faculty at other member institutions.

  • assist students with the selection of distance courses and programs.

  • teach more specialty courses that are made possible by combining enrollments from more than one institution.