Since 1953, Idaho has partnered with WICHE to serve the state’s higher education priorities through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.


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by Idaho students through WICHE Student Access Programs


through WUE


through WRGP

WICHE’s Student Access Programs

WICHE operates three Student Access Programs that together saved nearly 50,000 students $580+ million in 2022-23. 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.



What Students Are Saying

“WUE has not only significantly reduced the stress of paying for college, but it has also given me opportunities that were not available in my home state. Thanks to WUE, I’ve been able to afford out-of-state college and explore places I would never have seen otherwise.”

– Hayden, Washington Resident | Fire Service Administration, Idaho State University

Improving Lives in Idaho

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.


  • College of Southern Idaho
  • North Idaho College

Todd Schwarz, College of Southern Idaho, is a member of the Alliance executive committee.


  •   Boise State University
  • Idaho State Board of Education
  • Idaho State University
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • University of Idaho

Torrey Lawrence, University of Idaho, is a member of the Forum 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. Eleven cohort members from Idaho institutions have participated in the Academy since its inception in 2015.

NO HOLDING BACK Idaho State University is one of 12 WICHE institutions participating in a community of practice in which institutions are analyzing data and revising policies related to transcript and student holds in 2022-2023.

Todd Schwarz, College of Southern Idaho, will serve as a faculty member for the Academy as of July 2023.

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.

Idaho 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) works with partner agencies to develop a broad and culturally relevant training program to support the preparation and retention of doctoral-level psychologists through the Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium (ID-PIC). BHP also administers the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), a multiyear initiative supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration to identify treatment barriers and best practices for preventing and treating substance use disorder. The RCORP supports one grantee in Idaho: Public Health District No. 1.

In 2022, WICHE evaluated Idaho’s funding model for dual credit, known as Advanced Opportunities, which provided strong quantitative and qualitative evidence that it likely improves student outcomes. WICHE is now leading an assessment of expanding the state’s pipeline of engineering and computer science graduates with extensive consultation with Idaho’s industry leaders and employers.

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:

In February 2023, WICHE collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to provide a Cybersecurity Leadership Tabletop Exercise for postsecondary senior nontechnical leaders in Idaho. Additionally, 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 Boise State University, College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and University of Idaho.

Eleven institutions in Idaho are also members of the State Authorization Network (SAN), which helps guide institutions through state regulations around online courses and programs.

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

Rick Aman

President, College of Eastern Idaho

* Matt Freeman

WICHE Chair, Executive Director, Office of the Idaho State Board of Education

Dave Lent

Senator, Idaho State Legislature

Legislative Advisory Committee

Kevin Cook

Senator, Idaho State Legislature

Dave Lent

Senator, Idaho State Legislature

Carrie Semmelroth

Senator, Idaho State Legislature

Julie Yamamoto

Representative, Idaho State Legislature