WICHE Publications

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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.

2014

  • 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.

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  • Benchmarks 2014, cover

    Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2014 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually with the most recent data available, to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities.

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  • Increasing global competition in technology and commerce has led many nations, including the United States, to focus on the productivity and output of their higher education institutions. Data from the last few years show that the U.S. is falling behind many developed countries in degree production, and this is particularly true for STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The reaction to this situation has been for academic leaders to initiate and emphasize strategies that fall under the heading of the “completion agenda,” which seeks ways to increase the proportion of the U.S. population with associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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  • Tuition & Fees, 2014-2015

    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 Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover - Nov 20-21, 2014

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 122 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,082 KB
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  • October 2014 NewsCap Cover Graphic
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  • WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2014 Annual Report

    A Message from WICHE Chair Dianne F. Harrison

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 108 KB
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  • Beyond Borders, a report on WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project

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

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  • Equity in Excellence for Colorado's Future Cover

    A Policy Audit and Analysis

    Pages: 24 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 374 KB
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  • A Glimpse Beyond State Lines cover

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

    Pages: 59 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 525 KB
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  • TEN LESSONS FROM EARLY ADOPTERS OF COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION Cover

    The perceived value of postsecondary education to economic competitiveness and individual success is driving innovation in higher education. Competency-based education (CBE) is the latest disruption that seeks to respond to the growing sense of national urgency to boost education attainment. The target audience generally includes those adult learners with some college but no degree already participating in the workforce. Competency-based education also seeks to create greater transparency in learning outcomes to show how well individuals can apply identified competencies in the work-world. Yet, competency-based education is hard to understand and communicate.

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  • Tuition and Fees in the West 2013-14 cover

    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.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 157 KB
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  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book cover

    Dianne Harrison (CA), chair
    Mike Rush (ID), vice chair

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  • 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: 19 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 173 KB
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  • States in the Driver's Seat cover

    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.

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    Pages: 40 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 306 KB
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2013 cover

    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.

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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.

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 198 KB
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  • 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.

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