Guam Sen. Brant McCreadie met Tuesday evening with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo and CNMI Gov. Eloy Inos to discuss Guam’s participation in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE.
WICHE is a commission of 15 western states that provides numerous programs to reduce costs to undergraduate and graduate students that come from member states. Recently, WICHE has incorporated Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia as the collective 16th member of WICHE.
“It is crucial that Guam take advantage of all opportunities available to our students to provide access to higher education,” said McCreadie. “I am very pleased that Governor Calvo and Governor Inos are ready and willing to get Guam onboard with WICHE.”
Currently, the CNMI is the only territory that has elected to actively participate in WICHE. Tuesday’s meeting between McCreadie and the two governors laid the groundwork for Guam and the CNMI to establish a partnership to best serve the interests of college students from both territories.
“I want to thank Governor Calvo and Governor Inos for their commitment to a positive partnership in WICHE. This collaboration will allow greatly increased access to higher education for both our student populations,” said McCreadie.
In related news, McCreadie introduced Resolution 234-32 yesterday, to support and urge the government of Guam to become an active member of WICHE to provide Guam’s college students potential access to reduced tuition rates at over 150 public institutions of higher learning across 15 western states.
“Becoming an active member of WICHE will provide our college-bound students additional opportunities to fulfill their desire to obtain a higher education abroad,” said McCreadie. “Any programs or groups that the island of Guam can participate in that has the potential to provide more options for our students to access higher education must be encouraged.”
Resolution 234-32 was introduced to obtain the mandatory legislative approval needed for Guam to become an active member of WICHE. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States that through its various programs, initiatives and policy work aims to increase student success and access to higher education. Guam hopes to join the CNMI as the second participating member in WICHE for the Pacific islands. (PR)