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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.

The Evolllution
by Walter Pearson, Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University | Thursday, April 6, 2017

The market for traditional-age students is a zero-sum game (enrollment is likely to go down, especially in the Midwest). To maintain and increase revenue, institutions of higher education must strengthen their focus on recruiting and supporting the adult student market.

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) has released its sixth version of a report that tracks the number of high school graduates in the U.S.

Casper Star Tribune
by Margo Colalancia | Monday, March 27, 2017

Article by Margo Colalancia, WICHE Director of Student Exchange Programs

Students — and parents who are bankrolling their kids’ education — are often amazed to learn that they can afford an undergraduate education outside of their home state, thanks to a program called “WUE” that’s been around for almost 30 years. Some say it’s like winning the lottery.

Campus Technology
by Dian Schaffhauser | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thirty-five organizations, from ACT to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, have banded together to promote the idea of bringing college into high school. Under an umbrella organization, College in High School Alliance (CHSA), the group will advocate for policies related to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and early college high school.

Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters
by Anthony Cotton | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Colorado is one of the most educated states in the nation, ranking high in the percentage of adults who attended college and hold bachelor's degrees. But state funding for higher education isn't what it used to be -- according to the American Council on Education, state support shrank nearly 70 percent between 1980 and 2011. The same study says funding could dry up completely by 2019; so perhaps it's no coincidence that the revenue public colleges and universities here get from tuition has increased every year since 2007.

Lancaster Farmer
by Jeffrey B. Roth, Central Pa. Correspondent | Friday, March 10, 2017

For many non-farm people, life on the farm may appear as an oasis apart from the stress of living and working in urban and suburban areas.

by Paul Fain | Thursday, March 9, 2017

(Reposted, original publication date: January 9, 2014)

The Interstate Passport Initiative, which the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) unveiled this week, is a set of mutually agreed-upon learning outcomes for lower division courses in the general education core.

by Rick Seltzer | Thursday, March 9, 2017

(Reposted, original publication date: December 6, 2016 )

A decade-long stagnation in the number of U.S. high school graduates is setting in, and the number of students receiving diplomas in 2017 is expected to drop significantly.

by Carl Straumsheim | Friday, February 17, 2017

The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of distance education providers found.

The survey, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), found that most colleges charge students the same or more to study online. And when additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than do those in brick-and-mortar classrooms.

KRWG Performance Today
by NEWS EDITOR AND PARTNERS | Friday, February 3, 2017

New Mexico State University College of Engineering Associate Dean for Outreach Patricia A. Sullivan was elected chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Westminster, Colorado, in the fall.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
by Goldie Blumenstyk | Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Education Department on Thursday clarified a key piece of a new distance-education regulation, making it clearer that the reciprocity agreement known as SARA, under which more than 1,300 colleges have already been approved to offer online courses across state lines, would satisfy the new regulation.