WICHE's student access programs offer a broad range of higher education options for more than 42,500 students each year at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.
Residents of WICHE states can gain affordable access to programs, states avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities, and colleges and universities can devote their resources to improving the quality of their educational offerings.
Benchmarks: WICHE Region reflects the most recent data available 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.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been producing high school graduate forecasts for over 30 years, for use by a wide and diverse audience of policymakers, enrollment managers, college counselors, schools and school districts, researchers, and the media.
The WICHE Commissioners created the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) in 1995 to inform the Commission and staff about significant legislative issues related to higher education; provide input on WICHE initiatives; and advise staff on program considerations related to WICHE's policy workshops.
The Clearing house is a database of policy publications for studies, reports, surveys and policy briefs published by research and public policy organizations. 'Areas of Interest' have been categorized in a comprehensive index. Publications can be searched by year, issue and topic. Included with each publication is the name of the organization that completed the research, date of publication, and a link to the web site where that document may be found or requested. Some of the publications are free of charge; others may have costs associated with them.
WICHE's electronic fact book, Policy Indicators for Higher Education: WICHE States, presents regional as well as state-by-state data with analyses on several fiscal, demographic, economic, and social indicators important to policymakers, educators, and researchers in the West. These indicators will be updated periodically as new data become available.
This database provides state and national policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, and education consumers with an inventory of state-level policies and resources in key policy issue areas related to student achievement, access, and success in higher education.
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. In addition to the full report, all tuition and fee data tables are available to download in Excel format below.
Reports on WICHE-sponsored meetings and discussions among the West's key leaders in higher education policy issues.
These reports summarize major policy areas with individual state information and alternative approaches to support informed policy discussions.