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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

West Fargo Pioneer
by April Baumgarten | Sunday, August 18, 2019

FARGO — Some colleges and universities in the Fargo-Moorhead area are becoming more diverse, and if high school projections hold up, the region could see double-digit growth for minorities in the coming years.

“Surprisingly, I think the misnomer of a lack of diversity in Fargo-Moorhead, I don’t think that is true anymore,” said Karl Stumo, Concordia's vice president of enrollment and marketing. “We have a real richness of diversity here."

The Monta Vista Journal
by Vallley Publishing | Thursday, July 18, 2019

ALAMOSA — Adams State University becomes the first institution in Colorado to join the Interstate Passport Network (IPN), a nationwide network of two- and four-year colleges and universities that allows students to transfer lower division general education credits as a block to any IPN member institution.

Inside Higher Ed
by Mark Lieberman | Wednesday, February 27, 2019

More than 200 institutions seeking support on active learning initiatives will have help over the next four years from Every Learner Everywhere, a network of 12 digital learning organizations--of which WICHE is the central organizing intermediary--with $13.5 million in funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Grand Forks Herald
by Sydney Mook | Sunday, January 27, 2019

In North Dakota specifically, 500 residents saved $2.7 million on out-of-state tuition through WICHE's three Student Access Programs: the Western Undergraduate Exchange, the Western Regional Graduate Program, and the Professional Student Exchange Program. "WICHE's tuition-savings programs broaden the affordable higher education options for our residents — helping them graduate with less debt and ultimately strengthening our workforce," said N.D. State Sen. Ray Holmberg, chairman of the WICHE commission.

by Nico Savidge | Sunday, December 2, 2018

As a high school senior, Arezo Amerzada’s choices for college came down to University of California-Riverside, several California State University campuses and a handful of out-of-state schools, including the University of Nevada in Reno. That was when Amerzada, who grew up in Union City in the San Francisco Bay Area, learned about the WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange program. The increasingly popular program gives California students steep tuition discounts at dozens of colleges and universities in nearby states. The University of Nevada was one of them.

by | Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Declining enrollment at colleges and universities in Minnesota is making it tougher for some schools. There is a drop in the number of high school graduates, the pool of potential college students. The number of high school graduates in Minnesota, currently in the midst of a dip, is expected to see a bump around 2025, before declining again, according to projections from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). 

Wyoming Public Radio
by | Friday, May 18, 2018

Following a competitive application process, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has selected  Wyoming as one of three Western states to receive funding and technical support to look at gaps in educational attainment. Wyoming’s WICHE-sponsored task force will work with diverse stakeholders from education, industry and state government to develop policy recommendations designed to increase the number of people in the state with advanced degrees.

The Suburban Times
by | Friday, May 11, 2018

Pierce College Dean for Business and Social Sciences Sachi Horback, Ph.D was recently honored with the Bernice Joseph Award, a national award given annually by the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (the Alliance). Horback was honored for creating  for "The Faculty of Color Mentorship;" a program for recruiting and retaining talented and diverse faculty members. It is the first cross-institutional program of its kind in the nation.

by Jon Marcus | Monday, April 9, 2018

[The Interstate Passport] was mostly pushed by community colleges, said Patricia Shea, who oversees it for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. “They were talking about the frustration they were seeing when their students came back to campus and said they were having to repeat the same learning.”

INSIDE Higher Ed
by Mark Lieberman | Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Observers of online education believe the piecemeal approach to pricing and value considerations for online programs won't be resilient in the face of increasing competition and stricter pressures. “I feel like there’s this balloon and it’s just stretched. It’s going to break,” said Tanya Spilovoy, director of open policy at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). “We’re just all waiting for the explosion to happen.”