Policy Analysis and Research
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.
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Tuition and required fees at four-year institutions are reported by institution for four categories of students: resident undergraduate, nonresident undergraduate, resident graduate, and nonresident graduate. Tuition and required fees at two-year institutions are reported for resident in-district and nonresident students. Averages are reported for the region and for each of the 15 WICHE states. Also included are comparisons of tuition and fees by Carnegie Classification based on the 2005 Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions. Tuition is defined as the total dollar amount charged to a full-time student for a full academic year, usually two semesters, three quarters, or two trimesters. Required fees include the institutional fees that a majority of full-time students are required to pay in addition to tuition.
Based on document analysis and 40 interviews with Roundtable participants and other stakeholders across North Dakota, this report assesses the factors that enabled the North Dakota Higher Education Roundtable vision to be sustained for more than seven years, identifies obstacles encountered during the sustainability process, and provides suggestions to help other states build and eventually sustain their own public agenda.
With support from the Ford Foundation, WICHE focues this report on the states of the West, their ability to educate minorities, and the resulting impact on their workforces and economies.
This issue of WICHE Insights discusses the results of WICHE’s annual survey of tuition and fees in public higher education in the WICHE region, recent trends in state appropriations and fiscal support, and state grant aid programs. Key takeaways from the brief include:
- Western tuition and fees increases outpaced the national average, averaging 4 percent at public four-year and two-year institutions.
- Per-student appropriations in the WICHE region increased 1 percent in FY 2017 but remain 6 percent below FY 2008 levels.
- In the West, aid per-student lagged national averages by 1 percent, though structures and strategies for student-aid distribution varied greatly across the states.
- Appropriations, tuition, and financial aid must be aligned for states to meet strategic priorities, such as increased attainment and affordability.
This issue of WICHE Insights, Tuition and Fees in the West, 2017-18: Trends and Implications discusses the results of WICHE’s annual survey of tuition and fees in public higher education in the WICHE region, recent trends in state appropriations and fiscal support, and state grant aid programs.
In the December 2016 edition of Knocking at the College Door, WICHE projected that the U.S. is headed into a period of stagnation in the overall number of high school graduates it produces, and that high school graduates from private religious and nonsectarian schools would decline. New data have become available, and they confirm WICHE’s overall projections, but modify the projections for private high school graduates (who constitute about 9 percent of the total number of high school graduates in the nation). Specifically, declines in the future number of private high school graduates no longer appear imminent through at least 2018. WICHE is not issuing new projections of private high school graduates at this time, but herein discusses the newly released data that have been posted to knocking.wiche.edu so that users of the Knocking projections may analyze them alongside the published projections.
Higher education was again fertile ground in 2017 for Western U.S. state legislatures, whose budget and bill dynamics affect students, families and postsecondary institutions across the region.
We dove deep to discern some key trends:
- Energy-dependent Western states saw shrinking budgets; yet other state budgets grew robustly.
- High on legislative agendas: Student-centric cost and value concerns, with an emphasis on “free-college” programs and credential attainment.
- Bills related to data and governance were among ways legislators grappled with the productivity and effectiveness of public higher education.
These are among the WICHE Insights embedded in a new report, 2017 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West: What You Need to Know, a compendium of activity in the 16 states and territories that comprise the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education membership.
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2017 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.
Please use the following citation if you are reproducing these charts: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2017.