How WICHE Advances its Mission

The Workplan

Each May, WICHE’s 48-member commission develops and approves the organization’s annual Workplan. The Workplan outlines the diverse set of activities, projects, and initiatives that the WICHE Commission has prioritized for the fiscal year beginning July 1, all of which are intended to advance WICHE’s mission:

WICHE works 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.


Our Focus Areas

WICHE undertakes its work in five primary focus areas, identified and approved by the WICHE Commission in its annual Workplan:

Ssupporting the alignment of appropriations, tuition, and financial aid policy and practice at the institutional, state, and federal levels to increase postsecondary affordability

Improving students’ access to and success in higher education, especially those who are traditionally underserved

Collaborating across sectors to meet the region’s workforce and societal needs

Developing and supporting innovations in technology and beyond that improve the quality of postsecondary education and reduce costs

Striving to ensure that students receive an education that is valuable to them and that government is receiving a strong return on its investment