Policymakers and Researchers

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.

Policymakers and researchersWICHE provides a wide range of initiatives and information to support Western states' legislators and decision makers in public policy issues affecting higher education. Recognizing that the policy environment varies from state to state, we work closely with policymakers and education leaders in each WICHE state: fostering opportunities for discussion of issues and policy options; providing quantitative and qualitative information and analyses to support decision-making; identifying emerging issues; and tracking trends, particularly those of importance to the West.

  • Throughout the past 50 years the WICHE Mental Health Program has been actively engaged in mental health workforce development activities for the West. The program has extensive expertise in regional planning, consensus-building, and knowledge synthesis and dissemination.

  • Benchmarks: WICHE Region reflects the most recent data available on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually, to monitor change over time and and to inform discussion in policy and education communities.

  • WICHE's College Access Regional (CAR) Network is a collaborative effort that brings together state projects focused on increasing postsecondary access and success for low-income students.  The CAR Network began as an effort to spur collaboration between states who were receiving the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

  • There is considerable energy and momentum nationwide moving toward longitudinal systems that track individual students. Such systems hold the promise of providing expanded analytical power enabling answers to questions concerning student progression and performance.

  • The WICHE Commissioners created the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) in 1995 to inform the Commission and staff about significant legislative issues related to higher education; provide input on WICHE initiatives; and advise staff on program considerations related to WICHE's policy workshops.

  • With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has embarked on a project entitled Facilitating Development of a Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange. Its principal objective is to pilot a data exchange among several states – initially four Western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii) have been invited to participate.

  • NANSLO is an international consortium enabling access to high-quality, modular, openly licensed courseware, integrating immersive web-based labs with software, video and robotics for the study of science courses.

  • Reports on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, providing a state-by-state and institution-by-institution review of tuition changes for the current academic year, as well as those from one, five, and 10 years ago.

  • WCET members can take advantage of two email lists – WCETNews and WCETDiscuss.  WCETNews is a moderated list used to distribute WCET's popular Article Digest, job posting from WCET members, announcements and breaking news of general interest to our members. WCETDiscuss is a moderated discussion list where members can get ideas and input on pertinent e-learning topics from peers across the country.