Since 1959, Hawai‘i has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.


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by Hawai‘i students through WICHE Student Access Programs


through WUE


through WRGP


through PSEP

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.

PSEP makes medical education affordable. I have assisted vulnerable populations at the student-operated clinic, mentored high school students interested in healthcare careers, and learned about traditional Hawaiian medicine. These experiences will positively influence my future practice as a physician. As a first-generation college graduate, I am extremely grateful for PSEP financial support.

MATTHEW, Montana resident, Doctor of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Improving Lives in Hawaiʻi

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.

WICHE brings together senior academic leaders to foster dialogue about issues facing individual institutions through its leadership and professional development networks.


  •   Hawai‘i Community College
  •   Honolulu Community College
  •   Kapi‘olani Community College
  •   Kaua‘i Community College
  •   Leeward Community College
  •   University of Hawai‘i Maui College
  •   University of Hawai‘i System
  •   Windward Community College

Della Teraoka, University of Hawai‘i System, is a member of the Alliance executive committee.


  • University of Hawai‘i System
  •  University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  •  University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu

Debora Halbert, University of Hawai‘i System, is a member of the Alliance executive committee.

WESTERN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY is a year-long professional development program for academic leaders aspiring to become chief academic officers in the WICHE region. Two cohort members from Hawai‘i institutions have participated in the Academy since its inception in 2015.

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.

Hawai‘i participates in the STATE AUTHORIZATION RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT (SARA) through WICHE. This voluntary agreement provides reciprocity for the state authorization of distance education.

WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) continues to assist the state of Hawai’i in the operation and continuous accreditation of its psychology internship consortium. Three Hawai’i state agencies – the Department of Education, Department of Health, and Department of Public Safety – provide funding to support the WICHE BHP’s ongoing development and operations of the Hawai’i Psychology Internship Program (HI-PIC).

The Hawai’i Department of Education also contracts with the WICHE BHP to provide recruitment and contracting of Clinical Psychologists to ensure all program requirements for supervision and support of staff, students, and program fidelity are maintained for West Hawai’i School Based Behavioral Health (WH-SBBH) program.

The BHP Together With Veterans Program, focused on reducing Veteran suicides, also has one site in Hawai’i,  and has served nearly 2,300 rural veterans.

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’S CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS NETWORK Staff from the University of Hawai‘i system office also participate in regular collaborative calls with colleagues around the region.

WCET- The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies is the leader in practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET members include   Kapi‘olani Community College,  the University of Hawai‘i System, and the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu.

Gloria Niles, University of Hawai’i System, serves on the WCET Steering Committee.

WICHE has convened the OERWest Network, which is part of a nationwide collaborative to scale the development and adoption of free course materials. Open educational resources (OER) have shown promise in improving student outcomes, particularly for poverty-affected students, for whom the high cost of textbooks can be a barrier to postsecondary success.

WICHE Commissioners

*indicates Executive Committee member

* David Lassner

President, University of Hawai'i

John Morton

Vice President Emeritus, University of Hawai'i Community Colleges

Colleen Sathre

Vice President Emerita, University of Hawai'i

Legislative Advisory Committee

Lisa Kitagawa

Representative, Hawai'i State Legislature

Donna Mercado Kim

Senator, Hawai'i State Legislature

Michelle N. Kidani

Senator, Hawai'i State Legislature

Amy Perruso

Representative, Hawai'i State Legislature