Since 2016, Guam has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.


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by Guam students through WICHE Student Access Programs


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WICHE’s Student Access Programs

WICHE operates three Student Access Programs that together saved students $613 million in 2023-24. Each program supports students at each level of postsecondary education: undergraduate, graduate, and professional healthcare studies.

  • Students gain from increased choice and savings.
  • Schools gain by optimizing enrollments.
  • States and Pacific Island members gain by growing the skills of those they serve and strengthening their workforce.

Improving Lives in Guam

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, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Learn more about our mission.

Our partnership in the region is thanks in part to substantial collaboration and leadership, as well as a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, which was renewed for a second consecutive year in 2022 to cover WICHE’s annual dues. WICHE’s Pacific Islands membership includes the CNMI, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and American Samoa.

WICHE staff have provided technical assistance for Guam’s considerations related to authorizing off-island postsecondary institutions and potentially examining the need for participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Additionally, WICHE continues to advocate for considering the unique challenges faced by the Pacific Islands and the need for incorporating their data in federal collections and analysis.



  •   University of Guam

Anita Borja Enriquez serves on the Forum executive committee.

WESTERN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY is a yearlong professional development program for academic leaders aspiring to become chief academic officers in the WICHE region.

Thanks to collaboration with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), one of four U.S. regional higher education compacts, WICHE-region educational institutions, nonprofits, and public education entities can benefit from three programs: MHECtech, which provides competitively bid purchasing contracts for an array of hardware, software, and technology services; MHECare, which provides a student health insurance plan and teletherapy services; and a MHEC Cyber Insurance Program, which offers risk transfer and advisory solutions. Learn more.

NO HOLDING BACK As one of 12 WICHE institutions in a community of practice in 2022-2023, the University of Guam analyzed data, policies, and practices to make improvements in how it used holds on registration or transcripts, and contributed to the development of tools for other institutions to undertake this work.

Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center contracts with the WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) to facilitate the development of a doctoral psychology internship program to support the preparation and retention of doctoral-level psychologists in Guam. The Guam-PIC graduated its first intern from the program in the 2022-23 academic year.

Additionally, WICHE BHP administers Together With Veterans, a rural Veteran suicide prevention program, and has one site in Guam, which has served over 2,600 rural Veterans.

WICHE continues to advocate for considering the unique challenges faced by the Pacific Islands and the need for incorporating their data in federal collections and analysis.

Knocking at the College Door is the leading U.S. resource for projections of college-ready students. Knocking, which includes a quadrennial publication with additional analysis, is essential for postsecondary policymakers, planning and workforce efforts, and economic development.

WICHE offers curated data and policy resources to support better-informed decision-making:

WICHE Commissioners

* Frankie Eliptico

Representing CNMI, Vice President, Administration and Advancement, Northern Marianas College

Rodney Jacob

Representing Guam, Attorney, Partner, Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP

Kalani Kaneko

Senator, Republic of the Marshall Island

Legislative Advisory Committee

Manny Gregory Castro

Representative, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Kalani Kaneko

Senator, Republic of the Marshall Island

Tina Rose Muña Barnes

Senator, Guam Legislature

Amanda Shelton

Senator, Guam Legislature