WICHE Project Archive

  • In FY 11, the WICHE Mental Health Program completed a study for the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix.

  • A joint project of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and Hezel Associates, with funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, Best Practices in Statewide Articulation and Transfer Systems seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how states coordinate their articulation and transfer programs for students who move from two-year to four-year institutions.

  • 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.

  • WICHE, in partnership with SAMHSA, developed cultural competence standards in mental health across different ethnicities/races, ultimately producing the SAMHSA/CMHS National Standards for Cultural Competence. Standards, guidelines and cultural competencies for managed behavioral health services for racial/ethnic populations were produced by four national panels with the recognition that in order to provide individualized mental health services, consumers should be viewed within the context of their cultural group and their experiences from being part of that group.

  • WICHE worked with the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services In New Mexico to support workforce development and community competence through the initiation of training and communit

  • Focused on two of the most important state-level issues facing our region: access for historically underrepresented groups and the role of higher education in state workforce development and economic development, with the goal of helping states build the capacity for change and to initiate that change by consensus building and action-oriented work.

  • With funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) have partnered to build upon the work conducted as part of Changing Direction: Integrating Higher Education Financial Aid and Financing Policy, a four-year project also funded by Lumina that yielded many important lessons and insights about financial aid and financing policies in the states.

  • Our military has been called to serve in harm’s way extensively since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This call has included record numbers of personnel from our nation’s reserve component, as well as the active duty forces serving multiple tours in highly stressful combat operations. The goal of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is to ensure the success of these individuals as they return home to the WICHE West.

  • A project of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, Non-traditional No More is working with five states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota – to identify their “ready adult” population – those adults who are close to having enough credits to obtain a degree but have not yet returned to college.

  • With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE hosted an invitation-only meeting titled, “College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges.” The meeting took place October 1-2, 2014 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO, brought together key higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in order to:

  • A promising practice is a given practice’s potential to become evidence-based. This potential is acknowledged in identifying an “emerging” or “promising” practice. The promising practices of today will, with sound theoretical rationale and thorough science, become the EBPs of tomorrow. For the purposes of this section, a promising practice is a behavioral health intervention that appears to be effective but does not yet have enough evaluation data to consistently demonstrate positive outcomes.

  • Through the engagement of representatives from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, this initiative sought to build a truly regional approach to the goal of expanding diversity in the health professions, thereby also helping to ensure an supply of trained workers in these rapidly growing fields.

  • The WICHE Mental Health Program presented four Webinars discussing today's crucial rural behavioral health issues for families and children.

  • The State of South Dakota has undergone inspiring transformational changes as they continue to build a framework for statewide partnership and progress toward an integrated System of Care (SOC) tha

  • State Scholars Initiative – WICHE served as the program administrator of the State Scholars Initiative from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2009, through a $6.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998.

  • The Consortium was created in the belief that a regional approach is a way that some Western states can effectively and efficiently participate in advanced placement programs and broaden access for low-income and rural students.

  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), hosted the meeting What the Common Core State Standards Mean to Higher Education in the West, on November 9 and November 10, 2010, at the State Higher Education Policy Center in Boulder, Colorado.