- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States
- South Dakota
Since 1959, Hawai‘i has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.
Hawai‘i students saved $25.4M through WICHE’s Student Access Programs (Academic Year 2021-22)
- $23.7M saved through WUE
- $578,649 saved through WRGP
- $1.1 saved through PSEP
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) saves Hawai‘i undergraduate students on out-of-state tuition. They pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at partner institutions across the West.
- 2,141 Hawai‘i students chose WUE schools in the West (Academic Year 2021-22)
- 3,628 out-of-state students chose WUE schools in Hawai‘i (Academic Year 2021-22)
- Top 3 out-of-state WUE schools for Hawai‘i undergrads:
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas (466)
- Northern Arizona University (226)
- Washington State University (195)
- Top 3 Hawai‘i schools for out-of-state undergrads:
- University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (3,223)
- University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (381)
- University of Hawai‘i-West O’ahu (15)
The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) saves Hawai‘i students on out-of-state graduate certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs. They pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at partner institutions across the West.
- 38 Hawai‘i students chose WRGP schools in the West (Academic Year 2021-22)
- 308 out-of-state students chose WRGP schools in Hawai‘i (Academic Year 2021-22)
- Top 3 out-of-state WRGP schools for Hawai‘i students:
- University of Colorado Denver (6)
- University of Arizona (4)
- University of Northern Colorado (4)
- Top 3 Hawai‘i WRGP schools for out-of-state students:
- University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (290)
- University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (18)
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) students pursuing careers in 10 health fields can enroll in programs in the WICHE region and receive substantial tuition support from their home state/territory.
- 47 students paid reduced tuition and saved 1,096,392 for healthcare studies not offered by public institutions in Hawai‘i.
- 65% of Hawai‘i’s PSEP graduates returned home to practice (2007-16). Students are contractually required to return.
- 3 out-of-state PSEP students enrolled in public programs located in Hawai‘i. Institutions received $100,200 in support fees to reduce the students’ tuition costs.
*indicates Executive Committee member
David Lassner *
WICHE Commission Immediate Past Chair, President, University of Hawai'i
David Lassner is the 15th president of University of Hawaiʻi (UH). In that capacity he leads the 10-campus system as well as the flagship research university, UH Mānoa. He has worked at the UH since 1977, most recently as its first vice president for information technology and chief information officer. As a member of UH’s graduate faculty, he has taught both online and in-person in computer science, communications, business, and education. Lassner served on the boards of Hawai‘i’s High Technology Development Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service affiliate and chaired the state’s broadband task force. Lassner also served on the board of Internet2 and was a co-founder and board member of the Kuali Foundation, a founding steering committee member and past-chair of WICHE’s Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), and past-chair of the boards of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and of EDUCAUSE. He is currently a board member of the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and on the Board of Governors of the East West Center. Lassner earned a bachelors’ in economics and a master’s in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in communication and information sciences from University of Hawai‘i.
Vice President Emeritus, University of Hawai'i Community Colleges
John Morton is the vice president emeritus of the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges. Morton retired after nearly 49 years with the Hawai’i community colleges, including 21 years as CEO of Kapi‘olani Community College and 14 years as Vice President for Community Colleges. As Vice President, he oversaw the seven-community-college system and led the development of the Hawai’i Promise scholarship program that offers support to meet all unmet financial need for eligible students; oversaw the development of a unified University of Hawai’i system student information system and student success initiatives, especially for Native Hawaiian students; and was active on boards of both local and national organizations. Morton earned a B.S. in chemistry and M.A. in political science from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa.
Vice President Emeritus, University of Hawai'i
Colleen Sathre is vice president emeritus of planning and policy of the University of Hawaii, where she served the university system as the chief academic planning officer for more than 25 years. She managed efforts that produced university mission statements and strategic plans, tuition schedules, university centers on neighbor islands, performance indicators, a reorganization of university information technology services, and numerous board and executive policies. She co-authored the book, “The Art and Politics of Academic Governance” in 2007 with Kenneth Mortimer, president emeritus of the University of Hawaii and Western Washington University. Sathre holds a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Legislative Advisory Committee
Donna Mercado Kim
Senator, Hawai'i State Legislature
Michelle N. Kidani
Senator, Hawai'i State Legislature
Representative, Hawai'i State Legislature