The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional, nonprofit organization. Membership includes the 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States. The commission and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. The commission's student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work allow WICHE to assist constituents throughout the west and beyond. The Chairman of the Legislative Management appoints one legislator and one State Board of Higher Education member. The Chancellor of the North Dakota University System is also a member.