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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Jeremy Simon, a spokesman for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, which tracks college demographics, could not say how many quads attended the same school each year. Yale had another set in 2010. And quadruplets have been admitted in recent years to Duquesne, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Tech, Iona and Baylor.
A follow up Behavioral Health Environmental Scan conducted by the McDowell Group and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education revealed healthcare coverage was a significant barrier to accessing behavioral healthcare in Mat-Su. Mat-Su residents were delaying care and then heading to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center Emergency Department when their behavioral health crises became acute.
Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, said traditional higher education should not ignore the latest move by the federal government to back unaccredited providers.
"Accreditation is slow and innovation is fast," he said. "We’re starting to see political and business pressure to find alternatives."
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is expecting the state's next largest group of high school graduates in 2024-25, an increase of 9.5 percent. The group has produced high school graduate projections for its member states for decades and has recently started doing state profiles for the nation, said Peace Bransberger, a senior research analyst there.
U.S. college tuition is growing at the slowest pace in decades, following a nearly 400% rise over the past three decades that fueled middle class anxieties and a surge in student debt.