WICHE Publications By Year


  • September 2015 WICHE NewsCap

    WICHE September 2015 Newsletter, the 'WICHE NewsCap'

    WICHE NewsCap

    • WICHE wins grant for work focused on diversifying the biomedical sciences workforce
    • NANSLO: “A game changer for online science education”
    • New cost-saving options for purchasing hardware, software, and property insurance
    • Nine WICHE commissioners embark on new terms
    • Upcoming WCET webcasts on accessibility issues
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  • WICHE, Six Decades of Collaboration in the West

    Cover graphic for the WICHE Publication, Six Decades of Collaboration in the West

    The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among its members and their institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Our programs – Student Exchange, Policy Analysis and Research, WCET, and Mental Health – are working to find answers to some of the most critical questions facing higher education today.

    WICHE is the only organization in the West that focuses exclusively on higher education issues, from finance, innovation, workforce issues and accountability to access and success.

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  • WICHE NewsCap June 2015

    • WICHE releases its latest annual survey of tuition and fees in Western states
    • WICHE Chairman Mike Rush chosen to lead South Dakota University System
    • W-SARA participation grows to 11 states and 102 institutions
    • New report focuses on adult degree-completion efforts
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  • Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Adult College Completion Efforts

    Colloaboration and Coordination to Improve Adult College Completion Efforts Cover

    This brief explores research on the common characteristics of effective multi-stakeholder collaborations, with a particular focus on initiatives working to tackle complex social challenges. The brief includes examples of collaborative efforts that are uniting diverse stakeholders to support adult degree completion at the state and local level.

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  • Tuition and Fees in the West 2014-15

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    WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insights covering our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2014-15. The report summarizes those findings and discusses state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs and related state finance policy innovations.

    The detailed tuition and fee rate data that are summarized in this Policy Insights brief are available here on the WICHE web site: http://wiche.edu/pub/tf, in PDF and Excel file form.

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  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book, May 11 - 12, 2015

    WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

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  • 2015 March Report to the Hawai'i Board of Regents

    2015 March Report to the Hawai'i Board of Regents Publication Cover

    In January 2015, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents sought to explore and analyze the current structure of the University of Hawai‘i system. Specifically, they wanted to address whether the Board of Regents should reconsider the 2001 separation of roles of the president of the University of Hawai‘i system and the chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa or seek other changes in the management and leadership structure of the system in order to better serve the state and its citizens. To accomplish this, the Board of Regents engaged the services of Dr. David Longanecker, president of WICHE, and Dr. Demarée Michelau, director of policy analysis for WICHE, to lead a research effort that included reviewing historical documentation; reviewing relevant literature and research; and conducting interviews with past and present stakeholders, national experts on leadership and governance, and leaders in other state higher education systems similar to that of Hawai‘i. This report outlines the findings and recommendations of that research effort.

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  • WICHE NewsCap April 2015

    April 2015 WICHE NewsCap
    • Update on Phase II of Interstate Passport Initiative
    • Montana’s Pat Williams, New Mexico’s Barbara Damron appointed to WICHE Commission
    • New data on distance education enrollment patterns
    • Growing number of states, institutions participating in W-SARA
    • Focus of WCET Leadership Summit in June in Santa Fe: adaptive learning
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  • Human Services Program Evaluation

    Human Services Program Evaluation Publication Cover

    How to improve your accountability and program effectiveness. The term “outcome evaluation” has become one of the most popular terms among human service providers and those whose jobs it is to evaluate the impact of human service programs. State and federal legislators, state and federal officials, and private accrediting organizations rarely finish a day without bemoaning the lack of appropriate outcome evaluation data. Almost everyone in the human service field would agree that there is not sufficient information about whether or not most human service programs are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

    Copies of Human Services Program Evaluation are available in both Print and Electronic form. Printed copies can be purchased for $15.00 a piece by Clicking Here. Click the 'Download' link above or Here for a free and complete electronic version copy in PDF format.

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  • WICHE NewsCap Febuary 2015

    • Dave Longanecker’s slant on developmental education trends
    • Participation in W-SARA continues to grow
    • Western Undergraduate Exchange posts record enrollments
    • Policy brief examines Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange beginnings
    • Upcoming WICHE and WCET meetings and webcasts on tap
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  • Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines

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    Over the past five years as the cost and value of higher education have gained increased policymaker, consumer, and media attention, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has worked with four of its member states to test how cross-state collaboration and data sharing might inform important questions about the development and mobility of human capital. This brief discusses the pilot phase of this project – the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE) – including the process of developing governance structures and cross-state agreements, the importance and feasibility of complying with privacy laws, and some policy-relevant results from the cohort of almost 193,000 high school graduates and first-time college students that were encompassed by the educational and workforce data exchange. Among other things, the MLDE highlights that public policy is better informed when the movement of students and graduates across state lines is factored into the setting and achievement of state workforce and educational attainment goals. The MLDE provides a viable solution for providing the information necessary to do just that.

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  • Standards, Assessment, and Readiness: Addressing Postsecondary Transition Issues Across State Lines

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    The implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) or other similar academic standards is well underway in most states, and the corresponding assessment systems are set to go live in the current academic year. As implementation continues, there are a variety of challenges that K-12 and higher education leaders will face in the coming years related to student movement across state lines. To begin the conversation about these challenges, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, convened higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in October 2014. The meeting had four goals: 1) to gain an increased awareness of issues related to readiness for college and careers, common academic standards, and assessments that may emerge as students cross state lines to enroll in postsecondary institutions after high school; 2) to forge relationships with colleagues in other states to assist with the ongoing implementation of common academic standards and assessments in the region, particularly where cross-state collaboration is necessary; 3) to identify principles of good practice as a basis for a national framework for preempting some of the obstacles related to student movement across state lines as common academic standards and assessments are implemented; and 4) to determine whether an ongoing conversation (perhaps through a formal network of K-12 and higher education leaders) would be valuable and lead to more successful student transitions. Organized to address four key areas, the October 2014 meeting focused on data and reporting, admissions, college and career readiness, and communications. This brief describes the major challenges ahead for states, institutions, and most importantly, students as the standards and assessments are implemented and offers recommendations to create a network structure that would assist K-12 and higher education leaders in addressing those challenges.

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  • Student Exchange Programs Statistical Report, Academic Year 2014-15

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    This report covers fall 2014 enrollments for WUE, WRGP, and PSEP. It details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them. This newly expanded format gives detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions. The “WUE Enrollment Report” will be discontinued as of the 2014-15 academic year and going forward, it will be replaced by the “Statistical Report”.

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  • Closing the Degree Gap: The West’s Contributions

    This Policy Insight is a supplement to WICHE’s annual Benchmarks indicators, which summarize the West states’ progress with improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. In this brief, we explore one variant for how WICHE states might meet projected educational attainment goals, such as the 60 percent by 2025 goal set by the Lumina Foundation. In particular, we explore what it would take for the Western region as a whole to meet this goal rather than each state individually, allowing for the possibility that some West states may achieve a higher level and for others it might not be feasible to reach 60 percent of their population having a high-quality postsecondary credential, because of substantial variation among states' current levels of educational attainment and projected population change over time.

    This issue of Policy Insights was prepared by Patrick Kelly of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

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  • Affordability and Student Success: Recapping 2014 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West

    Policy Insights Cover, Nov. 2014

    After reaching a low point in 2012, state investment in higher education increased for the second year in a row in 2014 – something that had not happened since the Great Recession of 2008 began. With greater stability in some, though certainly not all, state budgets, many Western legislatures in 2014 looked for new ways to contain college costs for students. In fact, affordability was the key theme of this year’s sessions; in an attempt to address affordability, legislators in the WICHE region passed bills freezing or limiting tuition increases and created new scholarships and other financial aid opportunities for students. Many Western states also increasingly looked to higher education as the driver of economic growth, as their legislatures focused more on community colleges and career and technical education, while others sought to encourage partnerships between business and postsecondary institutions. Issues to watch include undocumented students, guns on campus, military and veterans education, and the ongoing implementation of common academic standards that prepare students for college and careers. This Policy Insights summarizes the key topics and trends addressed during the 2014 legislative sessions and highlights other new and emerging issues to watch in the region.

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