WICHE Publications

Accessible versions of legacy WICHE publications are available upon request. Please submit your request through the WICHE Accessibility Request Form.

WICHE PUBLICATIONS ARCHIVE 2014 and older—WICHE online publications posted prior to 2015; the publication list is top-down, sorted by year, with the most recent at the top.


  • Knocking at the College Door, Projections of High School Graduates, 2016

    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.

    Pages: 160 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 3,546 KB
  • 2016 Policy Insights Cover

    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
  • Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting: Behavioral Health Funding Study Graphic

    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
  • 2015-2017 Tuition and Fees in the West Publication Cover

    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. 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.

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  • WICHE 2016 Annual Report cover

    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
  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover



    Pages: 85 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,472
  • Policy Insights October 2016 cover

    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
  • August 2016 Newscap Cover
    • 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.
    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 494 KB
  • Cover thumbnail of WICHE NewsCap Publication, June 2016
    • 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.
    Pages: 6 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 602 KB
  • WICHE Workplan 2017 Cover Thumbnail

    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.

    Pages: 17 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 472 KB
  • Tuition & Fees in the West 2015-16 cover graphic

    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.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 198KB
  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 167 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 3.67 MB
  • Exploring,-Engaging,-and-Expanding-with-the-Adult-College-Completion-Network publication cover graphic
    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 344 KB
  • March 2016 Newsletter cover graphic
    • Nearly 38,000 students benefitting from WICHE exchange programs in 2015-16.
    • Six new states now working on development of Interstate Passport.
    • WCET report looks at policies, practices affecting adjunct faculty teaching online.
    • ACCN webinar focuses on advising adult learners. 


    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.4 MB
  • Statistical Report Academic Year 2015-16 Cover Graphic

    This report covers fall 2015 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.




    Pages: 36 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 3.4 MB
  • January 2016 WICHE NewsCap Cover Graphic
    • Message from WICHE President David Longanecker
    • Upcoming summit, webinars focused on connecting credentials
    • 2015 WCET awards for eLearning leadership and innovation
    • Impact of high school mentoring programs in Alaska, Idaho
    • New WICHE Commission appointees


    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1. 5 MB
  • Western Policy Exchange Publication cover graphic for "Stories from the Front Lines of Student Success:"

    This brief provides an overview of the implementation and impact of near peer mentoring programs in Alaska and Idaho from the standpoint of both existing research and the near peers themselves. In addition to offering strategies and promising practices that have helped foster a college-going culture in both states, the brief provides testimonials from mentors and the students they have served – students who might otherwise never considered college as an option without the extra support of a near peer or college guide.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 139 KB