State Higher Education Policy Center

The State Higher Education Policy Center, LLC, was incorporated in 2003 under the laws of the State of Colorado by three nonprofit corporations: the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), the Association of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Funded by a low-interest loan from the Ford Foundation, the founders of the State Higher Education Policy Center, or SHEPC, purchased a building in Boulder which houses the offices of the three organizations as well as a Learning Center and meeting facilities. The building at 3035 Center Green Drive in Boulder, Colorado was occupied by the three organizations in June 2005.

The shared facility allows for more informal cross-fertilization of thinking, as well as a quicker dissemination of information and new ideas throughout the organizations and among the policymakers they serve, greater synergy in activities, both in the selection of projects and in the concepts utilized within projects, improved capacity for effective collaboration, yielding more formal collaborations among the staff and members of the three organizations, and richer educational experiences (and more opportunities) for interns and graduate students involved with each organization.