WICHE Publications

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

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.


  • Policy Insights, Coordinating Postsecondary Education and the Public Workforce System in Workforce Planning, Cover Graphic

    This brief provides an overview of key components of the public workforce system that are most relevant for state postsecondary education planners and leaders as they address issues of educational attainment and workforce skill needs, particularly among lower-income or less-skilled segments of their state. Among the most notable features coming from the reauthorization of the public workforce system in 2014 are the facets that pave the way for states to make greater use of cross-system partnerships, career pathway models, performance measurement and data-driven improvement, and other mechanisms for bringing their workforce training and higher education agendas into better alignment.

    Pages: 10 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 270 KB
  • WICHE Commissioners Nov 15 Meeting Agenda Book

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 95 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.18 MB
  • 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
    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,282 KB
  • 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.

    Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 509 KB

    • 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
    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,050 KB
  • 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.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 373 KB
  • 2014-15TFinsights FINAL cover

    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 Cover

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 169 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,337 KB
  • 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.

    Pages: 14 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
  • 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
    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: ~ File Size: 886 KB
  • Publication cover

    In February of 2014, the Colorado Department of Human Services’s (CDHS) Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) released a request for proposals (RFP) to conduct a study of existing behavioral health resources in the state of Colorado and to project future needs. The intent of the study was to identify and assess existing state and community resources and to recommend strategic future planning, taking into account the many constituent variables associated with the changing behavioral health care system.

    Pages: 719 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 19,237 KB
  • Human Services Program Evaluation Publication Cover

    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. Hard copies are available for purchase by Clicking Here.

    Pages: 96 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,260 KB

    • 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
    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1224 KB
  • Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines cover

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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”.

    Pages: 36 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 3,644 KB
  • Online instructions to help faculty and administrators list their shared courses in the WICHE ICE online catalog.

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  • 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.

    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 167 KB
  • December 2014 NewsCap Cover


    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.3 MB
  • 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.

    Pages: 6 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 152 KB