Policy Analysis and Research

  • Aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase college completion by adults with prior college credits but no degree in a collaborative learning network

  • WICHE's College Access Regional (CAR) Network is a collaborative effort that brings together state projects focused on increasing postsecondary access and success for low-income students.  The CAR Network began as an effort to spur collaboration between states who were receiving the federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

  • With funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) have partnered to build upon the work conducted as part of Changing Direction: Integrating Higher Education Financial Aid and Financing Policy, a four-year project also funded by Lumina that yielded many important lessons and insights about financial aid and financing policies in the states.

  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been producing high school graduate forecasts for over 30 years, for use by a wide and diverse audience of policymakers, enrollment managers, college counselors, schools and school districts, researchers, and the media.

  • The WICHE Commissioners created the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) in 1995 to inform the Commission and staff about significant legislative issues related to higher education; provide input on WICHE initiatives; and advise staff on program considerations related to WICHE's policy workshops.

  • A project of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from Lumina Foundation for Education, Non-traditional No More is working with five states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota – to identify their “ready adult” population – those adults who are close to having enough credits to obtain a degree but have not yet returned to college.

  • Compiles a list of policy publications for Western decision makers, including studies, reports, surveys and briefs published by research and public policy organizations.

  • With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WICHE is hosted an invitation-only meeting titled, “College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges.” The meeting, which took place October 1-2, 2014, at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO, will bring together key higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in order to:

  • WICHE's electronic fact book, Policy Indicators for Higher Education: WICHE States, presents regional as well as state-by-state data with analyses on several fiscal, demographic, economic, and social indicators important to policymakers, educators, and researchers in the West. The indicators are updated periodically as new data become available.

  • Offers an inventory of state-level policies and resources in key policy domains related to student achievement, access, and success in higher education.

  • Reports on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, providing a state-by-state and institution-by-institution review of tuition changes for the current academic year, as well as those from one, five, and 10 years ago.

  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), hosted the meeting What the Common Core State Standards Mean to Higher Education in the West, on November 9 and November 10, 2010, at the State Higher Education Policy Center in Boulder, Colorado.

  • With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has embarked on a project entitled Facilitating Development of a Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange. Its principal objective is to pilot a data exchange among several states – initially four Western states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii) have been invited to participate.