WICHE Media Mentions

Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Natalie Bruzda | Thursday, December 28, 2017

A program that offers out-of-state students a break on college tuition brings myriad benefits to Nevada’s higher education system, officials say.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange this year attracted thousands of students to the state’s colleges — many at the University of Nevada, Reno — a program that helps diversify and improve schools throughout the Silver State.

WOUSTORIES (Western Oregon University)
by Lisa Catto | Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Western Oregon University has been an active member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for more than a decade, but Director of Admissions Rob Findtner still meets students who are unfamiliar with WICHE’s most popular program, the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).

“You can never assume that people know,” said Findtner, who, like other members of the Admissions team, travels around the western U.S. telling families about WOU. “You just have to remind people ‘We’re part of the WUE system.’ And the students who do know what it is will often chime in, educating other students about it. That’s great when that happens.”

Saipan Tribune
by Press Release | Friday, October 13, 2017

WICHE has helped save CNMI families a total of $475,000, a nearly 700 percent return rate in regards to the CNMI’s WICHE membership share of $72,500.

Public News Service - NV
by Suzanne Potter | Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Joe Garcia, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, says the state's overall economy depends on whether it can succeed in improving the number of people with college degrees.

"In Nevada, they are working hard to increase attainment rates because you can't grow your economy the way you want to if the majority of your working-age population only has a high school degree or less,” he stresses.

"You're simply only going to be able to have low-wage jobs. You're not going to have high tech jobs. You're not going to have professional jobs."

Albuquerque Journal
by Glen Rosales | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I was accepted at Cal Fullerton, so [without WUE] I probably would have gone there because it was close to my house,” says University of New Mexico student George Ayala of Tustin, Calif., “I just loved the Albuquerque vibe and I loved the architecture of the university. But the number one reason I decided to come here was [WICHE’s] Western Undergraduate Exchange program.

The Student Doctor Network
by Margo Colalancia | Thursday, September 21, 2017

WICHE was established by Congress as an interstate agency in the early 1950s to help states with public programs in selected healthcare professions share their programs with states that had none. Over the last 65 years, some 15,000 practitioners have earned their professional degree through PSEP. In the 2016-17 academic year, 10 WICHE states invested $14.7 million to provide affordable healthcare education to 640 students. 

INSIDE HIGHER ED
by Ashley A. Smith | Friday, September 15, 2017

Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, applauded HLC for setting a higher standard for online programs. But he said the push for standardization raises questions about academic freedom.

“It’s been kind of a problem distance education has had to deal with for quite a while, the idea in some places that you can’t require the training,” Poulin said. “The academic freedom issue finds itself in the contracts … when you’re doing it face-to-face, it’s a little less of a problem.”

News, Illinois State University
by Emilie Shoop | Friday, September 15, 2017

AASCU/WICHE Webinar—Improving Student Success at Public Colleges and Universities amid Population Growth and Increased Diversity Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Eastern. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) are co-hosting a webinar to explore the changing demographics of the South and West.

PR WEB
by Lindsey Downs | Thursday, September 14, 2017

WCET is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 WCET Outstanding Work awards— University of Central Florida, Blackboard Inc., Oregon State University, and Healthcare Learning Innovations, a division of American Sentinel University.

INSIDE HigherEd
by Lindsay McKenzie | Friday, September 8, 2017

Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, said that accreditors needed to figure out how to accredit new providers more quickly, without compromising on quality. “Accreditation is slow and innovation is fast; we are starting to see political and business pressure to find alternatives,” he said.

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