FAQs About WCET

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What is WCET?

WCET is the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the leader in the policy, practice, and advocacy of technology-enhanced higher education.  Founded in 1989 to serve the members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), WCET has grown into 350 institutions and organizations located across the U.S. and internationally. Our members are dedicated to improving the quality and reach of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.

What is WICHE?

WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) is a regional, nonprofit organization. Membership includes the 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States. WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Our student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and our research and policy work allow us to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond.  WCET is a unit of WICHE.

Who Joins WCET?

WCET is a membership-based organization with institutional memberships -- for one membership fee any administrator, staff, faculty, or student can take advantage of WCET resources and benefits.  Learn more about joining.

How do I get signed up for the Articles Digests and Job Postings?

Read the subscription information for the WCETNews list, then drop us a line with your name, institutional email address, and title, indicating which lists(s) you want to receive.

What's the difference between 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 reserved for WCET members. The list puts you in touch with higher education professionals from institutions and organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Have a question about how others address a policy issue or design solutions to certain educational technology challenges? This list is a quick and easy way to get ideas and input from your peers.

Who can sign up for WCETNews and WCETDiscuss?

WCET member institutions and organizations may have an unlimited number of administrators and personnel signed up to receive WCET's valuable news and discussions. Members are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the news, resources, communications and sharing that come to you from WCET's two primary email lists.

What is technology-enhanced learning?

Technology-enhanced learning is a broad look at the landscape of learning in higher education that can and is enhanced by technology.  It is not only online learning or simply bringing a piece of technology into a physical classroom.  It encompasses how technology embeds into the DNA of learning to change opportunity, access and promote competency in higher education. 

What's the difference between the State Authorization Network and WCET?

The State Authorization Network (SAN) is a WCET membership based subgroup which guides, supports, and facilitates collaboration of its members to understand and apply state and federal regulation compliance requirements for institutions’ out of state activities. WCET members are eligible to obtain an annual membership with a separate fee to SAN as an individual institution, consortium, or system. A membership in SAN through a consortium or system does not provide the benefits of WCET until the SAN member obtains its own WCET membership.