- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States
Since 1951, Oregon has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.
2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR
by Oregon 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 love empowering people and the field of Occupational Therapy (OT) helps me to do just that. However, there are no public programs for OT in the state of Montana, and I was really worried about covering the costs of out-of-state tuition. With the help of PSEP, I am pursuing my dream of becoming a licensed Occupational Therapist. I look forward to supporting individuals, families, and communities, empowering them to independently do the things that matter to them in their lives.”
– Sara, Montana resident | Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Pacific University (Oregon)
Improving Lives in Oregon
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
- Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Donna Lewelling, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, serves on the Alliance executive committee.
WESTERN ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP FORUM – 4-YEAR INSTITUTIONS
- Eastern Oregon University
- Oregon Institute of Technology
- Oregon State University
- Portland State University
- Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
- Western Oregon University
Veronica Dujon, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, 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 Oregon institutions have participated in the Academy since its inception in 2015.
NO HOLDING BACK Eastern Oregon University and Portland State University are two 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 2022-23.
Oregon 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 assist the Oregon State Hospital Psychology Internship Training Program by providing support for the internship website.
The BHP Together With Veterans Program, focused on reducing Veteran suicides, also has one relatively new program in Clatsop County, which to date has served approximately 325 rural veterans.
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. In Oregon, RCORP supports six grantees: Oregon Washington Health Network; Adapt Integrated Health Care; Northeast Oregon Network (NEON); Mid-Valley Healthcare; North Sound Behavioral Health; and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital.
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.
WCET- The WICHE Cooperative for Education Technologies is the leader in practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Blue Mountain Community College, Central Oregon Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Lane Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Oregon are WCET members.
Additionally, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are 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.
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Ben Cannon *
Executive Director, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Executive Director of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission since 2013. In this position, Cannon oversees state funding allocations, policy-setting, and coordination for Oregon’s higher education system, including community colleges and public universities. Cannon is a former teacher, state representative and education policy advisor to the Governor. Elected three times to the Oregon House of Representatives (2006-2011), he chaired House committees with jurisdiction over environment, energy, and water policy. From 2003 to 2011, he taught humanities at a middle school near Portland. He earned his BA from Washington University, St. Louis, and attended Oxford University, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning graduate degrees in comparative and international education and philosophy, politics, and economics.
Educational Policy Consultant
Hilda Rosselli has an extensive background in higher education with experience as a faculty member and dean in both Florida and Oregon, and policy development for the state of Oregon. She helped create a Chief Education Office where she facilitated development of the state’s definition of College and Career readiness and championed legislation to improve early access to high quality college level courses for high school students. She regularly engaged community leaders, educators and researchers across the state to identify and promote short and long term goals and plans for increasing college access and completion for historically-underserved students working closely with lead staff from the Oregon Youth Development Council, the Oregon Department of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. She assisted in the creation and launch of the Oregon Equity Lens, established the Educator Advancement Council to prioritize local educator voice informing biennial legislative investments, created a new state-funded scholarship to diversify Oregon’s educator workforce, and developed strong partnerships between higher education and employers. She now consults and writes grants with a focus on equity, access, and excellence.
President, Mt. Hood Community College
Dr. Lisa Skari currently serves as the President of Mt. Hood Community College, a role she has held since 2018. Prior to MHCC, she spent 26 years at Highline College (WA) in roles including adjunct faculty, mid-management positions in cooperative education/internships and budgeting, and as Vice President for Advancement.
She earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and her Doctorate in Education from Washington State University. Her research led to the development of a predictive model of community college alumni giving, for which she received the H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation.
Prior to her work in community colleges, Dr. Skari spent seven years in the private sector in management, buying, and corporate training.