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.
This second supplement to WICHE's 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (Dec. 2016) incorporates a new WICHE Insights report Impact and Implications: Projections of Male and Female High School Graduates, detailed projections of male and female high school graduates for the nation, region and the states, and an interactive chart dashboard.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
Download: Impact and Implications: Projections of Male & Female High School Graduates
- WCET’s Z Initiative targets soaring textbook costs
- Digital Inclusion Award honoree brings NASA imprimatur to tribal college
- 20,000-plus Passports awarded in program's first broad-launch year
- 100 visit Salt Lake for WCET Leadership Summit
- New Mexico tribal institution first to join SARA distance-ed initiative
- WICHE Reading Room
- Underserved areas gain from WICHE-backed psychology internships
- WICHE welcomes new commissioner Nick Hacker
- Save these dates!
- WICHE on the road
- Did you know?
WICHE’s 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, released in December 2016, describes substantial demographic changes among U.S. youth for the next 15 years with critical implications for higher education, including:Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,431 KB
Download: Fewer Students, More Diversity: The Shifting Demographics of High School Graduates
WICHE and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for their citizens. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to our social, economic, and civic life.
- 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
As states and postsecondary institutions confront ongoing concerns about their fiscal health after a brief post-recession respite, colleges and universities across the nation are once again making their recruitment pitches to prospective students. Increasingly, public institutions are aiming these appeals well beyond their home states’ borders, in part because nonresidents (including international students) typically pay significantly more tuition than resident students.~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 345 KB
Download: Nonresident Student Enrollments and Their Growing Role in Paying for Public Higher Education
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. WICHE is the only organization in the West that focuses exclusively on higher education issues, from finance, innovation, workforce issues, and accountability to access and success.
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.
Patricia Sullivan (NM), chair
Clayton Christian (MT), vice chair
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (WA), immediate past chairPages: 169 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 5,190 KB
Download: WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book, May 22-23, 2017
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: 17,118 KB
Download: WICHE Mental Health Program Annual Report 2016-2017
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
Download: WICHE's PSEP (Professional Student Exchange Program)
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. This expanded format gives detailed enrollment for participating WRGP programs and WUE institutions.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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
Download: A Tale of Two Economies: 2016 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West