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FAQs About WCET

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If you have questions about WCET these FAQs do not answer, contact our knowledgeable and friendly staff at wcetinfo@wiche.edu.

WCET—the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies—is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of digital learning in higher education.

WCET was founded in 1989 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to meet a growing need to integrate distance learning and educational technology into the academic services of higher education institutions in the western region.

From its western roots, WCET has grown to serve 400 institutions and organizations located across the U.S. and internationally. Our members are dedicated to improving the quality and reach of digital learning in higher education. Learn more about WCET’s mission and areas of expertise.

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 member states and territories work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Their student access programs, regional initiatives, and strategic research and policy work allow us to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond. WCET is a unit of WICHE.

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

wcetMIX is WCET’s online community platform used to discuss important topics and ideas and to share news, announcements, articles, and events.

wcetMIX communities are reserved for WCET members, members of the State Authorization Network (SAN), event registrants, and may also be used for other invitation-only groups. Learn more about wcetMIX and join WCET’s member communities.

wcetNEWS is a member-only community and email list used to distribute WCET’s popular article digest, job postings from WCET members, announcements, and breaking news of general interest to our members.

wcetDISCUSS is a moderated discussion community reserved for WCET members. The list puts you in touch with higher education professionals from institutions and organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Have a question about how others address a policy issue or about design solutions to certain educational technology challenges? This community is a quick and easy way to access ideas and get input from your peers. You can participate in discussions by sending emails to wcetDISCUSS. You can also create an account and log in to our online platform to participate.

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

The State Authorization Network (SAN) is a membership-based network housed within WCET. SAN guides, supports, and facilitates collaboration of its members to navigate state and federal regulatory compliance for out-of-state activities of postsecondary institutions.

WCET and SAN offer different membership benefits and require separate membership contracts for each institution or organization.

Once an institution or organization is a member of WCET they are then eligible to obtain an annual membership, with an additional fee, to SAN as an individual institution, consortium, or system.

Individual institutions or organizations that are part of a consortium or system are eligible to participate in SAN IF at least one of the consortium or system participating institutions is a member of WCET. A SAN membership through a consortium or system does not provide the benefits of WCET membership to all institutions; each individual institution must obtain its own WCET membership.