The State Higher Education Policy Center in Boulder, Colorado

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The WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) is located in Boulder, Colorado in the State Higher Education Policy Center, which houses three total higher education organizations: WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (SAN's parent organization);  NCHEMS, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; and SHEEO, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

3035 Center Green Dr. Suite 200
Boulder, CO, 80301


Cheryl Dowd, Director, WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN):  (303) 541-0210

Cheryl assists post secondary institutions and organizations to understand and develop best practices for state and federal compliance requirements for institutions’ out of state activities such as; online learning, field experiences, out of state faculty, marketing and recruiting.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond in Virginia, master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia.


Dan Silverman, Assistant Director, WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN):  (303)541-0285 

Dan is interested in how regulations interact with what happens on campus, and how to help institutional staff. Prior to joining SAN, he spent several years coordinating Virginia Commonwealth University’s state authorization compliance program. Other campus experiences include NCAA compliance oversight at Yale University and the University of Hartford. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston College in Massachusetts and bachelor's degree from Kenyon College in Ohio.