Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2013 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities. Three regional demographic characteristics provide important context. First, the median household income for the WICHE states is slightly higher than most other regions and the nation, $53,333 for the West and $51,017 for the nation in 2012. But, the average resident undergraduate tuition and fees in 2013-14 at public four-year institutions were significantly lower in the West than the nation, $7,683 and $8,893, respectively. Second, a slightly higher proportion of the West’s population holds at least a bachelor’s degree than the nation, 30.3% and 29.1%, respectively, in 2012. Finally, projections   suggest that the West and many of its states, along with the nation, will generally see a leveling off and only small increases in the number of high school graduates it produces, after years of strong, steady growth; at the same time, increasing and often rapid diversification among these students.

The slideshow below shows 15 education benchmarks for the West. Click the icons below to see each of the indicators.

Title Slide Figure 1: The Educational Pipeline Figure 2: Adult Enrollment Figure 3: Progression from 9th Grade to HS Graduation Figure 4: Undergraduate Enrollment Figure 5: Bachelors Completion Figure 6: Pell Receipt vs. Poverty Figure 7: Public Undergraduate Tuition & Fees Figure 8: Tuition & Fees vs. Household Income Figure 9: Grant Aid per FTE Figure 10: Need-Based Aid Figure 11: Federal Grant Aid Figure 12: WUE Savings Figure 13: Federal Grant Aid Figure 14: Revenues per FTE Figure 15: State Tax Revenues
 
Title Slide
Figure 1: The Educational Pipeline
Figure 2: Adult Enrollment
Figure 3: Progression from 9th Grade to HS Graduation
Figure 4: Undergraduate Enrollment
Figure 5: Bachelors Completion
Figure 6: Pell Receipt vs. Poverty
Figure 7: Public Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
Figure 8: Tuition & Fees vs. Household Income
Figure 9: Grant Aid per FTE
Figure 10: Need-Based Aid
Figure 11: Federal Grant Aid
Figure 12: WUE Savings
Figure 13: Federal Grant Aid
Figure 14: Revenues per FTE
Figure 15: State Tax Revenues
 

Click here for a PDF of all 15 benchmark charts.

Click here to download the state-by-state data tables all at once in a zipped file, or click below for individual tables.

Figure 1 The Education Pipeline
Figure 2 Undergraduate Enrollment Among 25-49 Year Olds as a Percent of Population
Figure 3 Percentage of Public High School Completers as a Proportion of the Number of 9th Graders Four Years Earlier
American Indian/Alaska Native
Figure 4 Share of Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity vs Share of Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2000-02 and 2010-12
Figure 5 Share of Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Race/Ethnicity vs Share of Population by Race/Ethnicity, 2001-2002 and 2011-12
Figure 6 College Participation and Impoverishment, 2011-12
Figure 7 Average Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions
Figure 8 Ratio of Tuition and Fees to Median Household Income, Public Institutions, 2012-13, 2007-08, and 2002-03
Figure 9 Grant Aid per FTE in Public Institutions, 2006-07 to 2010-11
Figure 10 Need-Based Grant Aid Awarded by State Grant Programs per FTE
Figure 11 Percentage of First-Time Full-Time Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students Receiving Federal Grant Aid
Figure 12 WUE Total Savings to Families and/or States
Figure 13 Total State and Local Appropriations to Higher Education per FTE, Public Institutions, FY 2003 to FY 2012 (Adjusted)
Figure 14 Revenues from State and Local Appropriations and Tuition and Fees per FTE, FY 2003 to FY 2012 (Adjusted)
Figure 15 State Tax Revenue Per Capita (Adjusted for Inflation)

 

 

Year published: 
2013
Month published: 
November
Number of pages: 
16
Media type: 
PDF
File size: 
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