Targeted Recovery: Recapping 2015 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West

2015 Legislative Insights Cover Graphic
Year published: 
2015
Month published: 
November
Media type: 
PDF
Number of pages: 
8
File size: 
179 KB

Targeted Recovery: Recapping 2015 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West summarizes key policy themes over the past year and highlights emerging issues to watch in future legislative sessions. Affordability was the dominant theme of the 2015 sessions; in an attempt to address affordability, legislators in the WICHE region passed bills freezing or limiting tuition increases and increased need-based aid and even offered low-cost degrees in an effort to improve financial assistance opportunities for students. Many Western states also increasingly looked to higher education as the driver of economic growth, as their legislatures focused on career and technical education and STEM fields, while others sought to encourage partnerships between business and postsecondary institutions. Issues to watch include allowing guns on campus, preventing sexual assault on campus, military and veterans education, and the ongoing implementation of common academic standards that prepare students for college and careers.