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


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by Nevada 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 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

“I took a gap year after high school because I had no idea what I wanted to do. After working as a caregiver and medication technician, I realized my passion is helping people. WUE has allowed me to follow this passion. I plan on becoming an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and specializing in pediatrics.”

– Alma, Nevada resident | Nursing, Idaho State University

Improving Lives in Nevada

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.


  •  Great Basin College
  •  Truckee Meadows Community College
  •   Western Nevada College

Jeff Alexander, Truckee Meadows Community College, serves on the Alliance executive committee.


  •   Nevada State College
  •   Nevada System of Higher Education
  •   University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  •   University of Nevada, Reno

Kate Hausbeck-Korgan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, serves on 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. Seven cohort members from Nevada institutions have participated in the Academy since its inception in 2015.

Vickie Shields, Nevada State College, serves as a primary faculty member for the Academy.

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.

Nevada 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 support the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health for the ongoing operations and accreditation of the Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium (NV-PIC), which aims to increase the number of psychologists in Nevada and build the state’s behavioral health workforce.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a multiyear initiative supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration to identify treatment barriers and best practices for preventing and treating substance use disorder.  In Nevada, the RCORP program supports two grantees: Community Chest and Nye Communities Coalition.

The BHP Together With Veterans Program, focused on reducing Veteran suicides, also has one relatively new program in Pahrump, Nevada, which to date has served nearly 200 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 has provided technical assistance to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for efforts to examine postsecondary education governance.

WCET- The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies is the leader in practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. The 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 WCET members.

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

Catherine (Cathy) Dinauer

Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing

Dale Erquiaga

Retired Acting Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

* Fred Lokken

Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College

Legislative Advisory Committee

Marilyn Dondero Loop

Senator, Nevada State Legislature

Sandra Jauregui

Assemblywoman, Nevada State Legislature

Melanie Scheible

Senator, Nevada State Legislature

Robin Titus

Senator, Nevada State Legislature