Reading room: Annual Report, Tuition and Fees, Legislative Update

Reading room: Annual Report, Tuition and Fees, Legislative Update

  • WICHE’s 2017 Annual Report summarizes the breadth and depth of WICHE’s work to increase access and affordability in higher education, nurture interstate collaboration, and promote sound public policy. New this year, it includes a summary of audited financial data for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.
  • WICHE’s annual Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West: 2017-18, released Nov. 10, found that tuition/fees for resident undergraduates at Western public colleges and universities increased 4 to 4.3 percent last year. Though steeper than seen in immediate recent years, these increases are modest compared with those between 2007-08 and 2011-12. WICHE this year debuted a longitudinal view of undergraduate student fees: In six of 15 WICHE states, these fees jumped over 100 percent this past decade, but sharp fee cuts in California and South Dakota led to an aggregate fee decrease in the region.
  • 2017 Higher Ed Legislative Activity in the West: What You Need to Know, released Nov. 15, sheds light on key trends affecting higher education in Western state legislatures. Last session, higher education budgets in energy-dependent states continued to shrink, while those in other Western states grew robustly. High on legislative agendas were student-centric cost and value concerns, with an emphasis on “free-college” programs and credential attainment. And bills focused on data and governance were among ways legislators grappled with the productivity and effectiveness of public higher education.