- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States
Since 1959, Nevada has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.
2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR
by Nevada students through WICHE Student Access Programs
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.
WESTERN ALLIANCE OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC LEADERS – 2-YEAR INSTITUTIONS
- Great Basin College
- Truckee Meadows Community College
- Western Nevada College
Jeff Alexander, Truckee Meadows Community College, serves on the Alliance executive committee.
WESTERN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM – 4-YEAR INSTITUTIONS
- 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:
- Tuition and Fees in the West includes tuition, fees, and enrollment data about 350+ public institutions in the West.
- Benchmarks: WICHE Region presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education.
- Data on over 35 indicators in WICHE’s Regional Fact Book for Higher Education in the West.
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.
*indicates Executive Committee Member
Catherine (Cathy) Dinauer
Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing
Catherine (Cathy) Dinauer, MSN RN, FRE, BC-NE, is the Executive Director of the Nevada State Board of Nursing. In her role, she has overall responsibility for the regulatory agency’s daily operations, which licenses/certifies approximately 65,000 RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and APRNs in Nevada. Before her role as executive director, Ms. Dinauer was the Chief Nursing Officer at a 200-bed facility in Nevada. She has over 40 years of experience as a registered nurse in education, emergency nursing, and leadership. She is a Fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Institute of Regulatory Excellence, a Graduate of the Advisory Board Academy Fellowship, and was the 2017 recipient of the Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement in Nursing Leadership.
Retired Acting Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
Dale Erquiaga previously served as the acting chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education. He was also the national president and CEO of Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization. He also served as Nevada’s 27th superintendent of public instruction and as chief strategy officer for Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. His earlier positions in government include executive director of government affairs, public policy, and strategic planning for the Clark County School District; director of the Nevada Department of Museums, Library & Arts; and chief deputy secretary of state. Chancellor Erquiaga’s private sector experience includes operating his own consulting firm and working as vice president and managing director with an advertising firm in Nevada and Arizona.
The grandson of Spanish Basque immigrants, Chancellor Erquiaga, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University. His first novel, Three Wives’ Tales, won the 2020 Basque Writing Contest sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno, and Boise State University. The proud father of two and grandfather of five divides his time between Reno and Las Vegas.
Governor Steve Sisolak appointed Mr. Erquiaga in December 2022 as a Nevada Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) commissioner.
Fred Lokken *
Professor, Truckee Meadows Community College
Fred Lokken is dean of WebCollege and a tenured professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. He served as chair of the Nevada Distance Education Directors Group for seven years and has been a board member of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC)—an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) since 2003. He also served as chair-elect, chair and past-chair of the ITC. Lokken also currently serves as chair of the Coalition of Affiliated Councils (COAC) of the AACC. He has been a member of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) National Academic Integrity Task force for the past two years. He received a B.S. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a master’s in political science from Washington State University, and completed coursework in political science toward a doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Legislative Advisory Committee
Marilyn Dondero Loop
Senator, Nevada State Legislature
Assemblywoman, Nevada State Legislature
Senator, Nevada State Legislature
Senator, Nevada State Legislature