Educators, Faculty, and Administrators

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.

Educators, Faculty, AdministratorsWICHE helps with a host of initiatives that assist institutions in making the smartest possible investments in education and learning technologies. The West’s colleges and universities have to stretch every dollar they get while offering flexible learning environments to meet today's broadbased student population. Read what higher ed administrators are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs.

  • A dozen years ago, David Longanecker wrote an article in Change, “A Tale of Two Pities,” that described the colliding perspectives of two communities—those who provide higher education and those who create and sustain the policy environment in which it functions. Each of these communities is committed to ensuring that Americans have broad ac- cess to high-quality postsecondary education. But each often perceives the other’s views and actions as antithetical to its own, thereby undercutting progress toward their shared goal.

    This article, with two knowledgeable and experienced coauthors, reviews the evolution of the “two pities” dynamic presented 12 years ago and describes the current situation. Unfortunately, not much has changed.

  • The Academic Leaders Toolkit is a peer-reviewed repository of programs and practices that have been successfully deployed in postsecondary institutions around the West.

  • Aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase college completion by adults with prior college credits but no degree in a collaborative learning network.

  • WICHE Prospectus CoverWICHE is now accepting applications for the position of President, who will serve as W

  • 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.

  • WCET offers face-to-face and virtual opportunities, both synchronous and asynchronous, to engage with other higher education decision makers at events including the WCET Annual Meeting, Leadership Summits, webcasts, and more.

  • Through an agreement between WICHE and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, colleges and universities; K-12 districts and entities; city, county, and state governments, and some non-profit organizations are achieving substantial cost savings by purchasing computers, software, printers , and other products through MHECtech.

  • Interstate Passport® is the only nationwide network of regionally accredited, nonprofit, public and private two- and four-year institutions dedicated to the block transfer of lower-division general education attainment based on multi-state faculty-developed learning outcomes and proficiency crite

  • 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.

  • WICHE OCE enables students, through their home institutions, to seamlessly access high quality online courses and programs offered by other four-year and two-year OCE member institutions.

  • WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 10 western states and the CNMI to enroll in selected out-of-state professional healthcare programs and pay reduced tuition.

  • WICHE's electronic fact book, Policy Indicators for Higher Education: WICHE States, presents regional as well as state-by-state data with analyses on several fiscal, demographic, economic, and social indicators important to policymakers, educators, and researchers in the West. The indicators are updated periodically as new data become available.

  • WCET’s annual meeting continues to be one of the top-rated conferences in the country on e-learning in higher education. The conference program broadly captures a host of issues such as innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching, student retention, marketing, alumni relations, and student services.

  • 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. 

  • Provides the West’s top academic leadership at four-year institutions and related system and state agencies with a forum for sharing information and expertise and collaborating on regional initiatives.

  • Dear Colleagues:

    It is with great pleasure I offer this greeting on behalf of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, an organization that represents and serves academic leadership. The Alliance is an outstanding organization, which facilitates communication and collaboration among academic leaders who daily, face a multitude of opportunities and challenges.

    One of the primary benefits I have received as a member of the Alliance is direct communication with colleagues from more than 16 states who are always willing to respond to a request for information through the list serve.  It is common for to have a member pose a question on the list serve to members of the Alliance, and in minutes, members will respond by offering sound advice from their own experience, citing state or national policies or providing contact the information for a content expert.  These experiences always leave me feeling grateful to be connected to a large network of professionals who really understand the mission and business of community colleges.

    It often feels like the meeting mission of community colleges includes being all things to all people. Finding the balance between meeting the workforce needs of the communities we serve, preparing students for a successful transfer to four-year institutions, and ensuring students have every opportunity possible to be successful in higher education can be daunting work. The Alliance provides a number of resources to support academic leaders in addressing ongoing issues like assessment of student learning outcomes or developing new academic leaders for the future.

    The Alliance website provides links to some of our major initiatives, like the Interstate Passport and he Academic Leaders Toolkit. The website is also linked with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, which provides resources and information on almost all aspects of higher education. If you are reading this greeting, I hope that you are a current member and are making plans now to attend the annual meeting next spring in Seattle. If you are not a member I hope that you consider joining the Alliance, I believe this professional organization will make a difference in your work life, it has made a difference in mine.Provides chief academic leaders of two-year institutions and related system and state agencies with the opportunity to share resources and expertise as they collaboratively address issues of common concern which are beyond the scope of a single institution or state.

  • Students who are residents of WICHE states and territories pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools.