WICHE Publications 2017 - 2015

This page lists online WICHE publications (PDFs) by publication date and title. The publications are listed top-down, with the most recent at the top. You can sort by both Publication Type (NewsCap, Annual Report, Workplan etc.) or Title, (complete or partial.) Please do not use both Publication Type and Title in the same sort. Note that there are also several 'subject' areas included in the Publication Title drop down. Use these if you are uncertain of the Publication Type.

For publications posted prior to 2015 please go to the WICHE Publication Archive.

Accessible versions of legacy WICHE publications are available upon request. Please submit your request through the WICHE Accessibility Request Form.


  • June 2017 NewsCap Cover
    • Five WICHE Commissioners appointed, two reappointed
    • WRGP adds 50 graduate programs
    • Reports released on tuition and fees in Western states, distance education enrollment
    • Interstate Passport Network announces new members
    • College in High School Alliance kicks off
    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,481 KB
  • Tuition & Fees in the West 2016-17 Cover Graphic

    WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insights summarizing our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2015-16, state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs, college affordability and related college finance topics and news.

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  • May 2017 WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book

    Patricia Sullivan (NM), chair
    Clayton Christian (MT), vice chair
    Jeanne Kohl-Welles (WA), immediate past chair

    Plenary Presentations

    Pages: 169 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 5,190 KB
  • Annual Report 2016-2017 cover

    The WICHE Mental Health Program’s mission is very simple, focusing on improving services and building a qualified workforce responsive to, and informed by, persons with behavioral health challenges and their families. In the past sixty years much has changed, but our mission has remained consistent. Our job is to support our member states and territories in a manner that extends capacities and informs action.

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
  • WICHE April 2017 News letter cover graphic

    April Highlights

    • WICHE Commission News
    • WICHE Media Coverage
    • WICHE Program and Initiative Updates


    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 746 KB

  • WICHE has been providing Western residents with affordable access to the healthcare professions for almost 60 years through the Professional Student Exchange Program. Students enrolled through PSEP pay reduced tuition at out-of-state public and private institutions. Healthcare professions include dentists, physicians (allopathic and osteopathic), physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.

    Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: ~ File Size: 1.8 MB
  • February 2017 NewsCap cover
    • Record-setting enrollment, savings for WICHE’s student exchange programs
    • New website for Knocking at the College Door projections and trends
    • Upcoming meetings for chief academic officers of two- and four-year institutions and systems
    • Interstate PassportSM initiative continues to scale up
    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.31 MB
  • Statistical Report Academic Year 2016-17 cover

    This report covers fall 2016 enrollments for WUE, WRGP, and PSEP. It details the funds that flow between students’ home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them and also provides detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.

    Pages: 36 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,050 KB


  • Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2016 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.

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  • 2016 WICHE NewsCap Cover
    • 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates released on December 6
    • WICHE Commission elects new officers
    • Record Western Undergraduate Exchange enrollments reported
    • New tuition and fees and 2016 legislative actions reports available
    • WCET webcast explores 2016 election results


    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 786 KB
  • Knocking at the College Door, Projections of High School Graduates, 2016

    Projections of High School Graduates, December 2016

    After steady increases in the overall number of high school graduates over the last 15 years, the U.S. is headed into a period of stagnation. WICHE’s projections indicate that the number of graduates in each graduating class will average around 3.4 million through 2023, before peaking at 3.56 million prior to 2026. At the same time, the number of high school graduates from private religious and nonsectarian schools is projected to decline.

    Pages: 160 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 3,546 KB
  • 2016 Policy Insights Cover

    In 2016, there was an increasingly dramatic divergence between state economies in the West. Most states in the region benefited from an ongoing economic recovery, but states reliant on the energy sector for tax revenues were hit hard by the global decline in oil prices. This resulted in varying budget situations in legislatures across the West – outlined in this Policy Insights – with certain states dealing with significant cuts to higher education while others were in a position to make a wealth of new investments. Despite the region’s varied economic outlook, common themes did emerge.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 237 KB
  • Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting: Behavioral Health Funding Study Graphic

    This study examines funding for public behavioral health services in Colorado. A key focus of the study is funding provided by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) for indigent (non-Medicaid) individuals. The study reviews the state systems for providing public behavioral health services, including the funding allocation and reimbursement methodologies utilized by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), OBH, and behavioral health service providers. Funding is analyzed in the context of the impacts of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

    Pages: 193 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 4,589 KB
  • 2015-2017 Tuition and Fees in the West Publication Cover

    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.

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  • WICHE 2016 Annual Report cover

    A Message from WICHE Chair Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    Fiscal year 2016 caps a period of significant accomplishments and notable transitions for WICHE.

    Fiscal year 2016 caps a period of significant accomplishments and notable transitions for WICHE. As chair of the organization’s 48-member Commission, I am pleased to report that WICHE is well positioned this year to build on its past successes in pursuit of new avenues of collaboration and support as members continue to foster strong partnerships among our states and institutions.

    Pages: 32 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 4.48 MB
  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover

    Jeanne Kohl-Welles (WA), chair
    Mike Rush (SD), immediate past chair

    Pages: 85 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,472
  • Policy Insights October 2016 cover

    Challenges to closing the gap between findings from academic research and effective policymaking are not new, and they will not be solved overnight. However, as the entire education sector faces mounting pressure to provide high-quality education under tightening fiscal constraints, all while demonstrating improving student outcomes, the time may finally be right for a renewed spirit of collaboration between higher education researchers and policymakers.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 230 KB
  • WICHE, Six Decades of Partnering in the West cover graphic

    The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a 16-member commission working to boost access to higher education for students in the West and, as importantly, to ensure their success. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among its members and their institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Our staff is working to find answers to some of the most critical questions facing higher education today.

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  • August 2016 Newscap Cover
    • WICHE President Joe Garcia begins his outreach to Western states.
    • Eleven institutions in Hawai‘i, Utah, and Wyoming to begin awarding Interstate Passport this fall.
    • Matt Freeman, Jim Hansen reappointed to WICHE Commission, and WCET Executive Council welcomes two new members.
    • Aspiring chief academic officers from WICHE states begin yearlong professional development program.
    • Registration now open for Interstate Passport webinars, WCET Annual Meeting, and workshop for state authorization compliance managers.
    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 494 KB