Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
The South Dakota School of Mines Technology offers state-of-the-art
chemical and biological engineering laboratories where graduate students
work on innovative research projects. (Photo courtesy of SDSMT Communications Manager)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
University of Wyoming Multicultural Graduation,
Photo courtesy of Ted Brummond, University of Wyoming Photo Service
University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges
Receives 2017 Bernice Joseph Award
University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges Receives 2017 Bernice Joseph Award
at the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders Meeting in Long Beach, CA.
Pictured left to right: Kathleen Meckel, Peter Quigley and Paul Sakamoto of University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges, and Peter Pinney of University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Interstate Passport ®
Interstate Passport ® facilitates block transfer of lower division general education based on learning outcomes.
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP): Veterinary Medicine
Photo credit: American Veterinary Medical Association
With State Funding Dwindling,
Will Higher Education In Colorado Make The Grade?
Listen to WICHE President Joe Garcia discuss higher education issues on Colorado Public Radio’s daily interview show Colorado Matters.
(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium
August 2017 Graduates of the 2016-17 cohort for the Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium.
Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)
Shelby, Colorado resident, PSEP Program, Class of 2019,
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Optometry
Photo, l-r: Shelby, Von Miller (Denver Broncos linebacker and founder of “Von’s Vision”), and Dr. Tricia Brenner, O.D. (Shelby’s mother)
WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life.
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Recent WICHE Publications
2017 Annual Report now available
This report recaps WICHE’s work during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 — June 30, 2017) and includes comprehensive details on WICHE units and projects as well as highlights of our audited financial statements.
For over 64 years, WICHE programs have helped students throughout our 16 member states and territories overcome barriers to affordable, high-quality education, accessible to all regardless of background or circumstance.
Montana higher-ed chief named chair of WICHE
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
BOULDER—Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian was elected Nov. 10 as new chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—the interstate agency for public higher education in the Western United States—at WICHE’s fall Commission meeting in Denver.
As chair through November 2018, Christian will lead WICHE’s 48-member commission of higher education executives and influencers.
Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West
The most definitive annual resource on tuition and fees at the U.S. West’s 350+ public colleges and universities. This year we see average tuition/fees for resident undergraduates at two- and four-year institutions increased 4.3 percent and 4.0 percent this past year, and 40.8 percent and 54.3 percent this past decade.
While six of 15 WICHE states saw undergraduate student fees at four-year institutions jump 100+% this past decade, sharp fee cuts in California and South Dakota led to an aggregate fee decrease.
FY 2018 workplan
This document details WICHE’s priorities and activities in a forward-facing way, providing a road map for WICHE’s work on behalf of its 16 member states and territories. Download the plan here
The 2016-17 WICHE Student Exchange Program report covers fall 2016 enrollments for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), and the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). It details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them and also provides detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.