ERIC Number: ED498743
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
A History of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: The First Forty Years
Abbott, Frank C.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
For more than half a century the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has served the West well. Organized formally in 1951 as an intentional collaboration between state governments in the West, and launching an embryonic program of activities in 1953, WICHE has continuously and effectively served one mission: to expand access to high-quality higher education to the citizens of the West. This history of the first 40 years of the organization, compiled and written by Dr. Frank Abbott, describes its origins and takes readers from those early developmental years into its impressive growth and success under the leadership of Harold Enarson and Robert Kroepsch. It reports on the tumultuous and nearly devastating times at the end of the Kroepsch era, then describes the substantial accomplishments of Phil Sirotkin in restoring both focus and credibility to the organization in the late 1970s and 1980s. This account helps those who know WICHE today to appreciate its long history of service to the West and, particularly, the unique contribution of each of its leaders. The following are appended: (1) The Western Regional Educational Compact and Bylaws; (2) WICHE Member States; (3) WICHE Chairpersons; and (4) WICHE Executive Directors. Additional appendixes are available on the publisher's web site. An index is also included. (Contains 187 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interstate Programs, Regional Programs, Institutional Research, Institutional Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Background, Profiles, Access to Education, Outreach Programs, Change Agents, Program Administration
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site: http://wiche.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boise, ID.