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

WICHE Commissioners

*indicates Executive Committee Member

Gillian Barclay

Academic Health Specialist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Fred Lokken *

Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College

Thom Reilly

Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Legislative Advisory Committee

Joseph Hardy

Senator, Nevada State Legislature

Teresa Benitez-Thompson

Assemblywoman, Nevada State Legislature

Robin Titus

Assemblywoman, Nevada State Assembly

WICHE…

Provides strong return on investment

 

  • 1,913 Nevada residents saved $17.5 million in 2019-20 through the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). These WICHE programs provide significant student savings on nonresident tuition at 170+ Western U.S. public colleges and universities.
  • In 2019-20, WICHE Student Access Programs provided Nevada an astounding 1,777 percent return on investment, relative to the state’s annual WICHE dues.
  • Nevada students and their families have saved over $175 million since the state began participating in WUE.
  • The Master Property Program (MPP) helps institutions reduce their insurance premiums and improve their coverage. The MPP includes more than 170 campuses with total insured values of over $100 billion.

Helps Nevada attract students from other states

WICHE maps highlighting Nevada student migration
WICHE maps highlighting Nevada student migration
  • WUE and WRGP incentivized 3,612 students this year to invest their tuition dollars in Nevada.

Bolsters Nevada’s health workforce

  • Through the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), students from Nevada can enroll in participating programs in another state while receiving substantial tuition support. Currently, Nevada supports students in the fields of occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine.
  • Nevada’s behavioral health workforce benefits from a Psychology Internship Consortium that WICHE initiated and supports with Nevada partners. The WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) prepares psychologists to pursue careers in rural and underserved areas of Nevada.

Helps Nevada allocate resources efficiently with data and policy analysis

  • WICHE offers various data and policy resources to support better-informed decision-making. WICHE’s research projects and collaborations cover postsecondary completion, closing attainment gaps, adult learners, and multistate data-sharing to support educational planning and workforce development.
  • WICHE staff serve as expert resources and provide technical assistance on finance, financial aid, articulation and transfer, strategic planning, student demographics, and more.
  • Our website features Benchmarks, an interactive dashboard featuring the most recent data available on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and the financing of higher education, as well as other useful resources.
  • WICHE’s quadrennial Knocking at the College Door report is regarded as the foremost U.S. resource for projections of college-ready students. An abundance of information can be found on the Knocking website, including publications, reports, projections data, interactive data dashboards, recorded webinars, presentations, and Nevada’s state profile.

Fosters idea sharing

  • WICHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee provides valuable insights on trends and promising practices to Nevada’s legislative leaders as they build partnerships with leaders in other Western states.
  • Four Nevada institutions are members of the Western Academic Leadership Forum (the Forum), a consortium of academic officers at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral institutions and chief executives and academic officers for systems and state governing boards. Nevada members include Nevada State College, Nevada System of Higher Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Nevada, Reno. David Shintani, University of Nevada, Reno, serves on the Forum executive committee. Academic leaders at community colleges (cc) and technical schools and at systems and state governing and coordinating boards associated with two-year institutions are members of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance). The Nevada members of the Alliance are Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College. Marie Murgolo, Truckee Meadows Community College, serves on the executive committee of the Alliance. Both the Forum and the Alliance exchange ideas and information, share resources and expertise, and collaborate on regional initiatives.
  • College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, Nevada System of Higher Education, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and Western Nevada College are all members of WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET’s growing membership includes almost 400 institutions, higher education agencies and systems, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and corporations in all U.S. states and several Canadian provinces. Through its Frontiers blog, convenings, and active online discussions, WCET keeps members informed of the latest in policy change, regulations, and trends in educational technology. WCET also offers a host of resources related to educational technology and faculty support including advice and guidance for institutions on how to transition their face-to-face offerings to emergency online alternatives and how to increase quality in these courses over time.
  • The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary, state-led initiative designed to establish comparable standards for U.S. states and territories regulating postsecondary distance education. SARA expands access to postsecondary educational opportunities, while ensuring meaningful consumer protections for students and reducing regulatory red tape for institutions. WICHE is responsible for coordinating the membership of SARA states in the West through the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA). See nc-sara.org/directory for a list of member institutions.
  • At the outset of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, WICHE quickly reacted, shifted to remote work, and continues to advance our mission. WICHE is facilitating peer-to-peer videoconferences for higher education leaders to connect and identify solutions to common challenges, to follow legislation passed in response to the crisis, and to identify emergency funding for students and higher education institutions. The WICHE BHP is hosting webinars that offer guidance to support the mental well-being of their students, and WCET is providing updates and resources to help institutions address issues that arise due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit WICHE’s COVID-19 resources page for up-to-date information.
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WUE Savings Finder

WRGP Savings Finder

Search among hundreds of undergraduate degrees offered at the WUE rate of 150 percent of resident tuition (or less) by over 160 public colleges and universities across the West. Find the school and program that fits your geographic and educational goals.

Search hundreds of public master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral options offered through WRGP and pay up to 150 percent of the enrolling university’s resident tuition no matter which of the WICHE states and  territories you reside in. Find the university and program that fits your educational and career goals.

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