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 brief provides an overview of the implementation and impact of near peer mentoring programs in Alaska and Idaho from the standpoint of both existing research and the near peers themselves. In addition to offering strategies and promising practices that have helped foster a college-going culture in both states, the brief provides testimonials from mentors and the students they have served – students who might otherwise never considered college as an option without the extra support of a near peer or college guide.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 139 KB
Download: Western Policy Exchange: Stories from the Front Lines of Student Success
- Joseph Garcia selected to succeed David Longanecker as WICHE president
- WICHE Commission elects 2016 officers
- WICHE awarded $2.99 million federal grant to expand Interstate Passport
- Policy Insight: Forging stronger links between the public workforce system and postsecondary education
- New cost-saving options for purchasing hardware products and services
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.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 179 KB
Download: Targeted Recovery: Recapping 2015 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West
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. Unlike unweighted averages, which treat each institution equally no matter how big or small it is, enrollment-weighted averages provide a truer estimate of the published price a typical student faces based on enrollment patterns. Appendix E provides more information regarding enrollment weighting.~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
Download: Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2015-16: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables
A Message from WICHE Chair Michael Rush
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) was developed out of a time-tested practice in the West – neighbors helping neighbors to deal with the harsh realities of living and thriving in a vast frontier. The need for collaboration has not lessened in today’s world.Pages: 17 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,669 KB
Download: WESTERN INTERSTATE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2015 Annual Report
This brief provides an overview of key components of the public workforce system that are most relevant for state postsecondary education planners and leaders as they address issues of educational attainment and workforce skill needs, particularly among lower-income or less-skilled segments of their state. Among the most notable features coming from the reauthorization of the public workforce system in 2014 are the facets that pave the way for states to make greater use of cross-system partnerships, career pathway models, performance measurement and data-driven improvement, and other mechanisms for bringing their workforce training and higher education agendas into better alignment.Pages: 10 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 270 KB
Download: Coordinating Postsecondary Education and the Public Workforce System in Workforce Planning
- WICHE wins grant for work focused on diversifying the biomedical sciences workforce
- NANSLO: “A game changer for online science education”
- New cost-saving options for purchasing hardware, software, and property insurance
- Nine WICHE commissioners embark on new terms
- Upcoming WCET webcasts on accessibility issues
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. 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 programs – Student Exchange, Policy Analysis and Research, WCET, and Mental Health – are 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 releases its latest annual survey of tuition and fees in Western states
- WICHE Chairman Mike Rush chosen to lead South Dakota University System
- W-SARA participation grows to 11 states and 102 institutions
- New report focuses on adult degree-completion efforts
This brief explores research on the common characteristics of effective multi-stakeholder collaborations, with a particular focus on initiatives working to tackle complex social challenges. The brief includes examples of collaborative efforts that are uniting diverse stakeholders to support adult degree completion at the state and local level.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 373 KB
Download: Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Adult College Completion Efforts
WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insights covering our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2014-15. The report summarizes those findings and discusses state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs and related state finance policy innovations.
The detailed tuition and fee rate data that are summarized in this Policy Insights brief are available here on the WICHE web site: http://wiche.edu/pub/tf, in PDF and Excel file form.
In January 2015, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents sought to explore and analyze the current structure of the University of Hawai‘i system. Specifically, they wanted to address whether the Board of Regents should reconsider the 2001 separation of roles of the president of the University of Hawai‘i system and the chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa or seek other changes in the management and leadership structure of the system in order to better serve the state and its citizens. To accomplish this, the Board of Regents engaged the services of Dr. David Longanecker, president of WICHE, and Dr.Pages: 14 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
Download: 2015 Report to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i System
- Update on Phase II of Interstate Passport Initiative
- Montana’s Pat Williams, New Mexico’s Barbara Damron appointed to WICHE Commission
- New data on distance education enrollment patterns
- Growing number of states, institutions participating in W-SARA
- Focus of WCET Leadership Summit in June in Santa Fe: adaptive learning
In February of 2014, the Colorado Department of Human Services’s (CDHS) Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) released a request for proposals (RFP) to conduct a study of existing behavioral health resources in the state of Colorado and to project future needs. The intent of the study was to identify and assess existing state and community resources and to recommend strategic future planning, taking into account the many constituent variables associated with the changing behavioral health care system.Pages: 719 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 19,237 KB
Download: OBH Needs Analysis: Current Status, Strategic Positioning, and Future Planning
The term “outcome evaluation” has become one of the most popular terms among human service providers and those whose jobs it is to evaluate the impact of human service programs. State and federal legislators, state and federal officials, and private accrediting organizations rarely finish a day without bemoaning the lack of appropriate outcome evaluation data. Almost everyone in the human service field would agree that there is not sufficient information about whether or not most human service programs are doing what they are supposed to be doing. Hard copies are available for purchase by Clicking Here.Pages: 96 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,260 KB
Download: Human Services Program Evaluation-How to Improve Your Accountability and Program Effectiveness
- Dave Longanecker’s slant on developmental education trends
- Participation in W-SARA continues to grow
- Western Undergraduate Exchange posts record enrollments
- Policy brief examines Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange beginnings
- Upcoming WICHE and WCET meetings and webcasts on tap
Over the past five years as the cost and value of higher education have gained increased policymaker, consumer, and media attention, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has worked with four of its member states to test how cross-state collaboration and data sharing might inform important questions about the development and mobility of human capital.Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
Download: Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines