Since 1951, Oregon has partnered with and benefited from WICHE through regional collaboration, resource-sharing, sound public policy, and innovation.


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by Oregon students through WICHE Student Access Programs


through WUE


through WRGP

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.


  •     Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Donna Lewelling, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, serves on the Alliance executive committee.


  •     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:

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.

WICHE Commissioners

*indicates Executive Committee member

* Ben Cannon

Executive Director, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Hilda Rosselli

Educational Policy Consultant

Lisa Skari

President, Mt. Hood Community College

Legislative Advisory Committee