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.



  • 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

  • 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.

    Pages: 6 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 169 KB

  • 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. Beginning with 2010-11 and continuing this year, 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.

    Pages: 64 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2.20 MB

  • Leah Bornstein (AZ), chair
    Dianne Harrison (CA), vice chair

    Pages: 122 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:

  • WICHE was formally founded 60 years ago, in 1953, by Congressional compact. But it was an informal discussion between a university president from Wyoming and the dean of Colorado’s medical school a few years earlier that got the ball rolling. Like many states in the West, Wyoming was short on educational resources: for one thing, it had no medical school. Would Colorado be willing to hold a few slots in its med school for Wyoming residents? Colorado would. It reserved five slots for Wyoming residents, and another five for students from New Mexico, for the class of 1949.

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 386 KB
  • Q and A format, a helpful and informative document highlighting questions about WUE frequently-asked by counselors, educators, and administrators of participating colleges and universities.

    Pages: 5 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 35 KB