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The WICHE Mental Health Program’s mission is very simple, focusing on improving services and building a qualified workforce responsive to, and informed by, persons with behavioral health challenges and their families. In the past sixty years much has changed, but our mission has remained consistent. Our job is to support our member states and territories in a manner that extends capacities and informs action.Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 17,118 KB
Download: WICHE Mental Health Program Annual Report 2016-2017
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.Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: ~ File Size: 1.8 MB
Download: WICHE's PSEP (Professional Student Exchange Program)
This report covers fall 2016 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 expanded format gives detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.
- Record-setting enrollment, savings for WICHE’s student exchange programs
- New website for Knocking at the College Door projections and trends
- Upcoming meetings for chief academic officers of two- and four-year institutions and systems
- Interstate PassportSM initiative continues to scale up
This report covers fall 2016 enrollments for WUE, WRGP, and PSEP. It details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them and also provides detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.
- 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates released on December 6
- WICHE Commission elects new officers
- Record Western Undergraduate Exchange enrollments reported
- New tuition and fees and 2016 legislative actions reports available
- WCET webcast explores 2016 election results
Projections of High School Graduates, December 2016
After steady increases in the overall number of high school graduates over the last 15 years, the U.S. is headed into a period of stagnation. WICHE’s projections indicate that the number of graduates in each graduating class will average around 3.4 million through 2023, before peaking at 3.56 million prior to 2026. At the same time, the number of high school graduates from private religious and nonsectarian schools is projected to decline.
In 2016, there was an increasingly dramatic divergence between state economies in the West. Most states in the region benefited from an ongoing economic recovery, but states reliant on the energy sector for tax revenues were hit hard by the global decline in oil prices. This resulted in varying budget situations in legislatures across the West – outlined in this Policy Insights – with certain states dealing with significant cuts to higher education while others were in a position to make a wealth of new investments. Despite the region’s varied economic outlook, common themes did emerge.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 237 KB
Download: A Tale of Two Economies: 2016 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West
This study examines funding for public behavioral health services in Colorado. A key focus of the study is funding provided by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for indigent (non-Medicaid) individuals. The study reviews the state systems for providing public behavioral health services, including the funding allocation and reimbursement methodologies utilized by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), OBH, and behavioral health service providers. Funding is analyzed in the context of the impacts of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.Pages: 193 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 4,589 KB
Download: Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting: Behavioral Health Funding Study
A Message from WICHE Chair Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Fiscal year 2016 caps a period of significant accomplishments and notable transitions for WICHE.
Fiscal year 2016 caps a period of significant accomplishments and notable transitions for WICHE. As chair of the organization’s 48-member Commission, I am pleased to report that WICHE is well positioned this year to build on its past successes in pursuit of new avenues of collaboration and support as members continue to foster strong partnerships among our states and institutions.Pages: 32 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 4.48 MB
Download: WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2016 Annual Report
Translating Research into Policy to Increase Equity in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from the ASHE-WICHE Collaborative
Challenges to closing the gap between findings from academic research and effective policymaking are not new, and they will not be solved overnight. However, as the entire education sector faces mounting pressure to provide high-quality education under tightening fiscal constraints, all while demonstrating improving student outcomes, the time may finally be right for a renewed spirit of collaboration between higher education researchers and policymakers. This Policy Insights is just one component of a partnership between the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) focused on how to better connect rigorous higher education October research and appropriate state-level policy.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 230 KB
Download: Translating Research into Policy to Increase Equity in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from the ASHE-WICHE Collaborative
- WICHE President Joe Garcia begins his outreach to Western states.
- Eleven institutions in Hawai‘i, Utah, and Wyoming to begin awarding Interstate Passport this fall.
- Matt Freeman, Jim Hansen reappointed to WICHE Commission, and WCET Executive Council welcomes two new members.
- Aspiring chief academic officers from WICHE states begin yearlong professional development program.
- Registration now open for Interstate Passport webinars, WCET Annual Meeting, and workshop for state authorization compliance managers.
- Joe Garcia assumes presidency of WICHE.
- WICHE region’s Pacific Islands membership now includes Guam.
- The latest data on college tuition and fees in Western states.
- 31 new high-quality graduate programs available through WRGP.
- Key elements of Interstate Passport Framework now in place.
- New from WCET: distance education enrollment, open educational resources, academic integrity.
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.
WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insights summarizing our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2015-16, state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs, college affordability and related college finance topics and news.
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.