2014

  • WICHE's PSEP (Professional Student Exchange Program)

    WICHE has been providing Western residents with affordable access to the healthcare professions for almost 60 years through the Professional Student Exchange Program. Students enrolled through PSEP pay reduced tuition at out-of-state public and private institutions. Healthcare professions include dentists, physicians (allopathic and osteopathic), physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.

    September 2014 ~ 4pp. ~ PDF ~ 450 kb~ DOWNLOAD

  • Beyond Borders: Understanding the Development and Mobility of Human Capital in an Age of Data-Driven Accountability

    A Report on WICHE’s Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project

    August 2014 ~ 70pp. ~ Pub #2A393A ~ PDF ~ 726 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • EQUITY IN EXCELLENCE FOR COLORADO’S FUTURE:

    A Policy Audit and Analysis

    In 2013, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) launched a two-year project, Equity in Excellence, to support the implementation of Colorado’s higher education reform agenda. With a focus on the metropolitan Denver area, the project intends to align the state’s higher education policies with concrete, equity-focused actions at its public community colleges and four-year institutions. The purpose of this policy audit is to inform project, state, and institutional leaders about current policy and practice in Colorado with respect to equity as they work with CUE to assess and analyze how to better align state policy with equity-focused actions at the institutional level. Specifically, this audit analyzes alignment, gaps, and opportunities in state, system, and institutional policies, as well as the interaction between them, with an eye toward intentional and unintentional outcomes. It provides an external, objective perspective, with the goal of assisting Colorado’s state and institutional higher education leaders in designing (or redesigning) policies to achieve the goals laid out in the state’s master plan and to make those policies equitable toward all students.

     

    August 2014 ~ 24pp. ~ Pub #2A392 ~ PDF ~ 374 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • A Glimpse Beyond State Lines

    Student Outcomes from WICHE’s Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project

    July 2014 ~ 59pp. ~ Pub #2A393B ~ PDF ~ 525 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Tuition and Fees in the West 2013-14

    WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insight covering our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2013-14. The report summarizes those findings and discusses state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs and related state finance policy innovations.

    May 2014 ~ 8pp. ~ PDF ~ 157 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book - May 12-13, 2014

    MAY 12-13, 2014
    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

    May 2014 ~ 169pp. ~ DOWNLOAD

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      AGENDA  
      TAB 1 Executive Committee Meeting (Open/Closed)
      TAB 2 Committee of the Whole, Call to Order
      TAB 3 Plenary Session I:
      Higher Education: Public Good and/or Private Benefit – Returns on Liberal Arts Education
      TAB 4 Programs and Services Committee Meeting
      TAB 5 Issue Analysis and Research Committee Meeting
      TAB 6 Self-funded Units Committee Meeting
      TAB 7 Luncheon
      TAB 8 Plenary Session II:
      Higher Education: Public Good and/or Private Benefit – Policy Directions in Five State Case Studies
      TAB 9 Plenary Session III:
      Higher Education: Public Good and/or Private Benefit – Orienting the Public Investment Through State Financial Aid
      TAB 10 Committee of the Whole Business Session
      TAB 11 Plenary Session IV:
      Higher Education: Public Good and/or Private Benefit – The Disconnect Between Separate and Unequal and What the Economy Will Require
      TAB 12 Reference
      WICHE Commission Commission committees Legislative Advisory Committee WICHE staff Future commission meeting dates Higher education organizations and acronyms Map of U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states
      COMPLETE AGENDA BOOK  (2 MB)

       

  • WICHE Workplan 2015

    WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for their citizens. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to our social, economic, and civic life.

    May 2014 ~ 19pp. ~ PDF ~ 173 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • States in the Driver’s Seat: Leveraging State Aid to Align Policies and Promote Access, Success, and Affordability

    Boulder, CO — A comprehensive framework for redesigning state financial aid programs has been proposed in a concept paper from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The report, which was one among many commissioned by Lumina Foundation to consider comprehensive financial aid reform, makes a series of proposals to align governmental and institutional policies and leverage financial resources to promote the greatest possible access, affordability, and eventual success in attaining higher education.

     

    April 2014 ~ 40pp. ~ Pub #2A391 ~ PDF ~ 306 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • 2013 WUE Enrollment Report

    This year WUE helped almost 34,000 students and their families save an estimated $264.7 million by paying 150 percent of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate at 154 participating WUE institutions.

    January 2014 ~ 174pp. ~ Pub #2A374E ~ PDF ~ 2,684 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Effective Collaboration and Coordination: Lessons from Research and Practice

    Developing collaborative networks of key stakeholders focused on improving postsecondary access and success for low-income students is an emerging strategy that College Access Challenge Grant programs are using to help sustain their activities and improve services offered to students. This brief focuses on research into the successful characteristics of collaborative efforts and highlights three examples that will be of interest to those working with this population.

    January 2014 ~ 8pp. ~ Pub #2A390 ~ PDF ~ 145 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Student Exchange Programs Statistical Report, Academic Year 2013-14

    This report covers fall 2013 enrollments for WUE, WRGP, and PSEP and details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them.

    January 2014 ~ 24pp. ~ Pub #01-02-00-5400:PP:1.5M:2A371F ~ PDF ~ 898 KB~ DOWNLOAD

2013

  • Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2013

    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.

    November 2013 ~ 16pp. ~ PDF ~ 198 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Constructive Innovation: Recapping 2013 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West

    After years of tight state budgets, cuts to postsecondary institutions, and rising costs for students, there was good news for higher education in the West in 2013. Increased state revenues allowed some -- though certainly not all -- states to appropriate more money to colleges and universities and look for ways to offer more financial aid and avoid steep tuition increases. By no means are the hard times over, but as long as state legislatures in the West continue to develop innovative approaches to the design and delivery of higher education, access, quality, and success can continue to improve for all students in the region. This Policy Insights brief summarizes key themes from the 2013 legislative sessions and highlights some emerging issues to watch in the West.

    November 2013 ~ 6pp. ~ Pub #2A383 ~ PDF ~ 169 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2013-14: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables

    This report is the latest update of WICHE's annual report on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in the West, including a state-by-state and institution-by-institution historical review of tuition changes from year to year, as well as those from one, five, and ten years ago. Beginning with 2010-11 and continuing this year, this report presents published tuition and fees amounts as averages both unweighted and weighted by full-time equivalent enrollments. Unlike unweighted averages, which treat each institution equally no matter how big or small it is, enrollment-weighted averages provide a truer estimate of the published price a typical student faces based on enrollment patterns. Appendix E provides more information regarding enrollment weighting. In addition to the full report, all tuition and fee data tables are available to download in Excel format below.

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    November 2013 ~ Pub #2A346K ~ 2.20 MB~ DOWNLOAD

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      Table 1 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 2 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees in Constant (2013) Dollars at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 3 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 4 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 5 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 6 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 7 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 8 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 9 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 10 Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 11 Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Table 12 Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2008-09 and 2003-04
      Appendix G Mandatory Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
      Appendix H Mandatory Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
      Appendix I Undergraduate FTE Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
      Appendix J Graduate FTE Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
      Appendix K Undergraduate FTE Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region

       

  • WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2013 Annual Report

    WICHE was formally founded 60 years ago, in 1953, by Congressional compact. But it was an informal discussion between a university president from Wyoming and the dean of Colorado’s medical school a few years earlier that got the ball rolling. Like many states in the West, Wyoming was short on educational resources: for one thing, it had no medical school. Would Colorado be willing to hold a few slots in its med school for Wyoming residents? Colorado would. It reserved five slots for Wyoming residents, and another five for students from New Mexico, for the class of 1949. That act of regional resource-sharing was followed, in the same year, by a declaration by the Western Governors’ Conference at its meeting in Salt Lake City: “The Western Governors’ Conference believes that a cooperative plan among the western states is necessary and desirable and should be developed to provide more extensive facilities and training for the students of this region.”

    September 2013 ~ 16pp. ~ PDF ~ 386 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • After the Funding Is Through: CACG Program Sustainability

    Entering a phase of significant uncertainty regarding future funding, College Access Challenge Grant programs must implement strategies to ensure the sustainability of their effective programs. This brief discusses four potential strategies that state programs can employ to increase the likelihood that their programs--which focus on increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education--will continue should funding end as expected in 2015 or possibly sooner.

    April 2013 ~ 4pp. ~ Pub #2A384 ~ PDF ~ 144KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Demography as Destiny

    This policy brief summarizes the main findings from WICHE's recently released eighth edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates publication. The brief places changes in the size and racial/ethnic composition of our nation's graduating classes in the context of the college completion agenda and the need for greater educational attainment. It also addresses how these demographic shifts, coupled with fiscal stress, are impacting the practice of enrollment management. It concludes by offering reflections on how policymakers and institutional leaders can respond to these challenges with policies and practices that align with society's rising needs and expectations for higher education.

    April 2013 ~ 8pp. ~ Pub #2A385 ~ PDF ~ 151 KB~ DOWNLOAD

  • Student Exchange Programs Statistical Report, Academic Year 2012-13

    This report covers Fall 2012 enrollments for WUE, WRGP and PSEP and details the funds that flow between students’ home states and enrolling institutions in the Professional Student Exchange Program that receive them.

    February 2013 ~ 24pp. ~ Pub #01-02-00-5400:PP:1.2M:2A371E ~ PDF ~ 1 MB~ DOWNLOAD

  • WICHE Workplan 2014

    WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for their citizens. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to our social, economic, and civic life.

    2013 ~ 16pp. ~ PDF ~ 363 KB~ DOWNLOAD

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