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Since 1985, North Dakota has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.

 

Download the factsheet for North Dakota here.

 

2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR

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by North Dakota students through WICHE Student Access Programs

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through WUE

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through WRGP

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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

“WICHE’s PSEP cut the student loans I need in half. I am looking forward to having a manageable student debt load when I graduate, so that I can maintain a healthy work/life balance and have the reasonably-paced veterinary career that I’ve always envisioned.”

– Morgan, North Dakota Resident | Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

Improving Lives in North Dakota

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

  • Bismarck State College
  • Dakota College at Bottineau
  • Williston State College

Kaylyn Bondy, Bismarck State College, serves on the Alliance executive committee.

WESTERN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM – 4-YEAR INSTITUTIONS

  •   Minot State University
  •   North Dakota University System
  •  University of North Dakota
  •   Valley City State University

Eric Link, University of North Dakota, 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. Six cohort members from North Dakota institutions have participated in the Academy since its inception in 2015.

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.

WICHE Behavioral Health Program (BHP) worked with the leadership of Sanford Health to begin a doctoral psychology internship program. The internship development began primarily with Sanford’s integrated health sites in North Dakota. Sanford’s application to APPIC has been approved, and they are in the process of identifying an initial cohort of three interns beginning in August of 2023.

WICHE BHP, in partnership with the University of North Dakota College of Education and Human Development, and with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), co-administers the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MP-MHTTC). The MP-MHTTC provides comprehensive training, resources, and technical assistance to mental health providers and other practitioners in the SAMHSA Region 8.

In October 2022, WICHE BHP was awarded a multiyear grant from SAMHSA to establish the Mountain Plains Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center of Excellence (MP ROTAC). The MP ROTAC develops and disseminates resources, training, and technical assistance
that focuses on opioid and stimulant misuse in rural areas throughout SAMHSA’s Region 8.

WICHE 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, including opioid use and psychostimulant use disorders. The RCORP program supports one grantee in North Dakota – City County Health District.

The BHP Together With Veterans Program, focused on reducing Veteran suicides, also has one established program in Minot, North Dakota, which to date has served approximately 450 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:

WCET- The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies is the leader in practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education.   Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota University System, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University, and Williston State College are WCET members.

WICHE Commissioners

*indicates Executive Committee member

Danita Bye

Board Member, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education

* Kyle Davison

Senator, North Dakota Legislature

Mark Hagerott

Chancellor, North Dakota University System

Legislative Advisory Committee

* Kyle Davison

Senator, North Dakota Legislature

Karen Krebsbach

Senator, North Dakota Legislature

Bob Martinson

Representative, North Dakota State Legislature

Mark Sanford

Representative, North Dakota State Legislature