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.

2012

  • Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) Administrative Manual cover graphic

    This administrative manual details the operation of WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). It outlines the responsibilities and procedures for WICHE, State Certifying Officers, participating programs, and PSEP students

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  • From 2008 to 2011, WICHE worked with six states (Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and South Dakota) to improve policies and practices to increase adult degree completion as a way to raise overall state educational attainment levels. With funding from Lumina Foundation, the project, known as Nontraditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners, identified and eliminated barriers that keep adults with prior college credit from returning to postsecondary education and completing their degrees.

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  • May 21-22, 2012
    Fort Collins, Colorado

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  • WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Our student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work allow us to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond. In fiscal 2013 WICHE's four units - Programs and Services, Policy Analysis and Research, Mental Health Program, and WCET - will strive to assist the West's institutions and students, focusing on five areas: finance; access and success; workforce and society; technology and innovation; and accountability. In the 2013 Workplan, we describe existing activities, as well as initiatives that are new directions or on the horizon, by unit.

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  • 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 2011-12. The report summarizes those findings and also addresses related state finance policies including state budget levels and higher education appropriations and state financial aid programs.

    CORRECTIONS APPLIED: MARCH 21, 2012

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  • This report covers Fall 2011 enrollments for WUE, WRGP and PSEP and details the funds that flow between students’ home states and enrolling institutions in the Professional Student Exchange Program that receive them.

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  • The question of whether undocumented students have a right to broad access to higher education is a debate that cuts across party lines and political ideologies, sometimes in unpredictable, rhetorically charged ways. “Undocumented Students in the West,” a new Policy Insights brief from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, examines changing student demographics in the states and how the undocumented population may impact higher education in the years to come. In addition to detailing the characteristics of the undocumented population, the brief provides an overview of the state policy landscape surrounding the issue, including a summary of legislation affecting undocumented students in Western states.

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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2011 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. In 2010-11, WUE helped some 29,000 students and their families save $223.8 million dollars in tuition by paying 150% of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate at 145 participating WUE institutions

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2011


  • The brief discusses promising new ideas and methods that states in WICHE's College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) Network are employing to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. The brief focuses on how Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming are utilizing partnerships with other entities, FAFSA completion programs, peer mentoring, and need-based financial aid in implementing their federally-funded CACG programs. 

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  • This report is the latest update of WICHE's annual report on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in WICHE's 15-state region, including an 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 the 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.

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  • October 31 - November 1, 2011
    Laie, Hawaii
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  • This report presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education.

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  • In the face of dwindling state support to adequately fund higher education, we know we still need to produce more postsecondary graduates; and because we need to reach deeper into the low-income and minority communities to do so, controlling costs and keeping tuition affordable is critical. Along with challenging economic circumstances (and in some cases because of them), four issues have come to the forefront in the West, in addition to the key issue of productivity: performance funding; governance changes; accountability; and innovation. It is clear that the demands on our higher education systems and our institutions will continue to grow and that state funding levels will not keep pace.

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  • Ensuring that all students – including those we have not served well traditionally – learn what they need to know so that they can be successful members of their communities is a major priority for WICHE and its units: Policy Analysis and Research, Programs and Services, Mental Health Program, WCET, and the Technology and Innovation initiative. In fiscal 2012 we’ll strive to assist the West’s institutions to find ways to help students not only to graduate but also to hit their marks when it comes to learning. Our work will focus on five areas: finance, access and success, workforce and society, technology and innovation, and accountability.

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    The Common Core State Standards are an unprecedented movement toward common academic standards in K-12 education. They create important challenges and implications for higher education.

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  • May 16-17, 2011
    San Francisco, California

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  • wcetStateApprovalRegs.png

    This compilation lists all of the agencies and regulations for each state relative to their approval process for out-of-state distance ed programs. The Department of Ed. has enacted legislation that schools must be in compliance by July 1. The need for approval is determined by the laws and regulations of each state, which vary significantly across the country. To assist institutions in finding and complying with these regulations, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, Southern Regional Education Board, American Distance Education Consortium, and the University of Wyoming formed a partnership. The addendum on the final page includes revisions from: Michigan,  New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

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  • onlineEdWhereIsItGoing.png

    Published by the Association of Governing Boards in Trusteeship Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011, this article highlights new data from the fall 2010 Managing Online Education Survey, sponsored by The Campus Computing Project and the WICHE Consortium for Educational Technology (WCET).

    Kenneth C. Green is founding director of the Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of the role of information technology in American higher education. Ellen Wagner is executive director of the WICHE Consortium for Educational Technology, a collaborative membership organization that works to advance excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.

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    This policy brief describes promising practices and lessons learned in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Washington during the second year of the federal College Access Challenge Grant program.

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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2010 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. In 2010-11, WUE helped some 26,700 students and their families save $210.8 million dollars in tuition by paying 150% of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate at 145 participating WUE institutions.

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