Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2013

WICHE Policy Analysis and Research Mission:

The Policy Analysis and Research unit offers a variety of policy and information resources to support better informed decision making, principally at the state level. The unit is involved in a number of research projects and collaborative initiatives that focus on college completion: adult learners; multistate data-sharing to support educational planning and workforce development; and other critical areas. WICHE staff serve as a useful resource on a number of higher education issues, including state and federal financial aid, finance, articulation and transfer, the Common Core State Standards, and various college completion initiatives. Its publication series, including Policy Insights and Western Policy Exchanges, explore a wide range of significant policy issues. The unit also undertakes major, long-term grant-funded projects, collaborates with other regional and national organizations, and provides short-term technical assistance to members.

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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.

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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)