Technical Assistance

Providing targeted, research-based support to WICHE partners

WICHE’s Policy Research and Analysis team provides a variety of technical-assistance services for partners throughout the West. These services include meeting facilitation, legislative testimony, capacity-building, and advice and counsel.

This page features a sampling of recent efforts serving WICHE-region partners. For more information on how you can collaborate with us:

Higher Education Needs Assessments & Evaluations

Idaho’s Dual Credit Funding through Advanced Opportunities: Idaho’s dual credit programs, with a unique state funding model, have seen substantial growth in student usage in recent years. WICHE’s Policy and Research team analyzed six key topics related to the state’s dual credit model in this comprehensive report for the Board of Education.

Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC): In FY 2017, the Washington State Legislature provided funding to the Washington Student Achievement Council to complete a Higher Education Needs Assessment for southeast King County. WICHE partnered with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to conduct the assessment, provide key findings and recommendations, as well as a cost estimate.

Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC): WICHE conducted focus groups, key informant interviews, and an employer survey as part of a Regional Education Needs Assessment to capture the insights generated from stakeholders across the state of Washington regarding economic trends, employers’ long-term planning trends, student demand, community needs and other factors related to educational needs in the state’s nine educational service districts. 


Studies of Higher Education Governance

New Mexico Higher Education Department: “New Mexico Higher Education Governance Report,” October 30, 2018

University of Hawai’i System: “2015 Report to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i System,” April 30, 2015


Legislative Testimony and Board Presentations

Washington State Board of Education: “High School Graduate Projections,” January 15, 2020

Idaho Senate Education Committee: “A Tale of Two Pities (Revisited),” January 9, 2020

Nevada System of Higher Education Task Force on Faculty Compensation: “Faculty Compensation in the West,” October 23, 2019

Alaska State Legislature: “Earning Postsecondary Credit While in High School: Increasing Student Success in Alaska,” Joint Senate and House Education Committee, November 13, 2018

Nevada State Legislature: Committee to Conduct a Study Concerning the Cost and Affordability of Higher Education, March 22, 2018

North Dakota State Legislature: Higher Education Committee, April 17-18, 2018

North Dakota Organizational Session of the 66th Legislative Assembly: “WICHE and North Dakota: A Longstanding Partnership,” December 3, 2018


Meeting Facilitation

Wyoming Community College Sustainable Funding Workgroup: August 27, 2020 and June 3, 2020

Wyoming Educational Attainment Executive Council: Statewide listening-tour sessions, November 29, 2018

New Mexico Higher Education Department Governance Summit: Learning from the Best: Breakout sessions, April 20, 2018

Idaho’s Future: Improving the Transition from High School to College and Career: Statewide college and career advisor and counselor meeting, June 11-13, 2017