WICHE Publications Archive 2014 -

This page lists WICHE online publications posted prior to 2015. The publication list is top-down, sorted by year, with the most recent at the top. You can search by both Publication type (NewsCap, Annual Report, Workplan etc.) and Title, complete or partial.

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

A compilation cataloging library-archived WICHE publications covering 50 years, from 1955-2005. is also available for print publications not posted on the WICHE website. This is a searchable PDF file.

2009

2008

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2008 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. More than 23,600 students were now enrolled at 143 WUE institutions for the 2008-09 academic year.

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    Specifically designed to reach out to the nation’s state legislators, Getting What You Pay For: Understanding Appropriations, Tuition, and Financial Aid, continues the effort to expand access and success for all students through eight concise policy briefs designed to identify best practices and ensure that every available state dollar works for students, not against them. Each brief is available as a PDF download from the Web site.

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    Tuition and required fees at four-year institutions are reported by institution for four categories of students: resident undergraduate, nonresident undergraduate, resident graduate, and nonresident graduate. Tuition and required fees at two-year institutions are reported for resident in-district and nonresident students. Averages are reported for the region and for each of the 15 WICHE states. Also included are comparisons of tuition and fees by Carnegie Classification based on the 2005 Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions.

    Pages: 63 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.2 MB
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  • November 10-11, 2008
    Phoenix, Arizona
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    Based on document analysis and 40 interviews with Roundtable participants and other stakeholders across North Dakota, this report assesses the factors that enabled the North Dakota Higher Education Roundtable vision to be sustained for more than seven years, identifies obstacles encountered during the sustainability process, and provides suggestions to help other states build and eventually sustain their own public agenda.

    Pages: 26 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 279 KB
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  • Highlights academic, economic, and national security reasons for including foreign language as an essential component of a rigorous high school curriculum.

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  • SURVEY REPORT

    In August 2008, WCET invited over 170 directors of online/distance education programs/institutions to respond to a brief survey about the existing policies and practices employed by the program/institution that promote the academic integrity of online learning. One goal of the survey was to identify useful policies and promising practices to share among WCET member institutions.

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    This paper presents the results of a survey “Academic Collaborations,” which are defined as inter-institutional organizations that share resources to increase institutional capacity for, sharing of, and access to technology-mediated courses and programs. Findings focus on sources of revenue, amount of funding, and effective funding models. U.S., Canadian, and multi-state/province organizations were included in the study

    Pages: 52 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.6 MB
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    With support from the Ford Foundation, WICHE focues this report on the states of the West, their ability to educate minorities, and the resulting impact on their workforces and economies.

    Pages: 32 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 741 KB
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    In fiscal 2009 WICHE and its four units - Public Policy and Research, Programs and Services, WCET, and Mental Health - will work to build a better education engine via our efforts in our five areas: finance, access and success, workforce and social issues, technology and innovoation, and accountability.

    Pages: 19 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 256 KB
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  • May 19-20, 2008
    Rapid City, South Dakota
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  • An overview of expansion plans for schools of medicine in the West, highlighted by states, medical schools, first-year student enrollments, expansion activities, and contact information.

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  • A summary of rural-related activities at schools of medicine in the West outlined by states, medical schools, student participation, recruitment methods, and contact information.

    Pages: 17 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 95 KB
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    This policy brief underscores the need to define academic rigor, demonstrates how students today receive a confusing array of messages about what is necessary in high school and required in college, and outlines suggestions for how to create systems of education that are more responsive to the needs of students entering a rapidly changing world.

    Pages: 12 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 224 KB
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    Working Paper
    Pages: 21 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 84 KB
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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2007 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. More than 22,000 students were enrolled in 143 WUE institutions for the 2007-08 academic year.

    Pages: 144 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 719 KB
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  • This is a WCET Briefing Paper on the pending federal legislation concerning the authentication of distance education students. The paper provides an overview of the proposed legislation and describes some strategies to promote academic integrity in distance education (e.g. prevention approaches, compliance approaches). It provides a general overview of ways to promote academic integrity.

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    One of WICHE’s primary activities of the Changing Direction project (funded by Lumina Foundation for Education) was to provide direct technical assistance to states that were seriously considering higher education financing issues in new ways.

    Pages: 89 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 980 KB
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  • A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West : Medical Education cover graphic

    This report highlights three interrelated workforce issues of importance to physicians and medical schools that prepare individuals for a career in medicine: the shortage of physicians and the planned expansion of medical school enrollment, medical student indebtedness, and primary care physician service with emphasis on care delivery in rural areas. The West’s demographics present unique challenges in educating our future healthcare professionals, and this analysis suggests strategies for how Western states can link their resources to respond, particularly in higher education.

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 289 KB
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  • A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West : Pharmacy cover graphic

    The development of the future oral healthcare workforce is a central focus of WICHE, which has a long history of partnering with states to improve access to dental and other professional training via the Professional Student Exchange Program. This report highlights some of the key trends, issues, and challenges the WICHE region is facing with regard to the oral health care workforce.

    Pages: 15 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.47 MB
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  • A Closer Look at Healthcare Workforce Needs in the West : Pharmacy cover graphic

    Pharmacy, with more than 230,000 practitioners today, is the third-largest health profession in the United States. Research on the national pharmacist workforce points to a continuing shortage of pharmacists, related to growth in medication use, the aging of the baby boomer generation, and the emergence of more clinical activities within pharmacies. Surveys that track shortage levels showed that there was a slow downward trend in the severity of shortages up until fall 2005, followed by higher shortage levels during the past year.

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  • This report presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a current tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities, focusing demographics related to Access, Success, and Finance in the West.

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  • This summary highlights an evaluation of how SSI's business-education partnerships influenced high school student course-taking. This evaluation focuses primarily on the 10 SSI states that were operating federally funded SSI projects from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007: Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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  • Highlights projects, plans, and achievements in WICHE's higher ed collaborations during 2008, with introductory message from WICHE Chair Roy T. Ogawa.

    Pages: 18 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 215 KB
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  • This document was developed to clarify how WICHE determines which applicants can be supported through its Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP).

    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 32 KB
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    This report summarizes the central issues addressed at the National Summit on Academic Rigor and Relevance, hosted by the State Scholars Initiative on April 29-30, 2008, in Boston, Massachusetts. The summit brought together almost 300 participants: business leaders, policymakers, educators, administrators, and others. Participants were asked to examine the role and effectiveness of the business community in driving national education reform conversations; and to discuss policy reform efforts to increase academic rigor and improve academic relevance in high school.

    Pages: 16 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.5 MB
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  • This summary highlights SSI perception data. Perception surveys were developed by NCHEMS to measure the impact of SSI on the attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of students, teachers, parents, guidance counselors, and businesspeople with regard to the importance of rigorous course-taking in high school and its effect on postsecondary and occupational outcomes. These perception surveys were conducted between September 24, 2007, and January 31, 2008, in eight states at 43 different SSI events.

    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 167 KB
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    WICHE’s electronic fact book presents regional as well as state-by- state data, with analyses on several fiscal, demographic, economic, and social indicators important to policymakers, educators, and researchers in the West. These indicators are updated periodically as new data become available. Downloadable PDF and Excel files are available from this site.

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    This year-in-review publication highlights the key achievements in 2007 for the State Scholars Initiative (SSI). Highlights include SSI successes in new member states, continuing success in SSI veteran states, the latest data on SSI’s impact on business community participants and integration with state and national education policy initiatives and a look ahead to SSI’s National Summit on Academic Rigor and Relevance and student data collection efforts.

    Pages: 12 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2 MB
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    The State Scholars Initiative is a national program, operating in states across the country, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school, one that will give them a boost in college and their careers.

    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 624 KB
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  • SSI uses business-education partnerships at the state and community levels to encourage students in middle and high school to pursue a more rigorous course of study in high school than they might otherwise have taken. This is a listing of participating businesses, listed by state.

    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 178 KB
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  • An accounting of enrollment in and financing of WICHE’s student exchanges at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels for academic year 2007-08.

    Pages: 21 ~ Media Type: Printed copies available ~ File Size: 625 KB
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  • The collection of student-level outcome data for the State Scholars Initiative is of paramount importance. SSI is creating an environment that allows states and districts to understand the difficult data-gathering and utilization questions that are left unanswered by other programs. Included in this summary are data from 47 districts in 10 SSI states, representing 121,417 individual students with enrollments in over 1.3 million courses in 2006-07.

    Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 174 KB
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    This whitepaper presents how WICHE ICE is a tool that institutions can leverage to operate more efficiently and to advance strategic initiatives during these tight financial times. It is a comprehensive model and set of tools for institutions looking to expand online offerings through collaboration. The more institutions that actively participate in ICE, the more powerful a resource it becomes.

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2007


  • November 5-6, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
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    Attracting health, oral health, and behavioral health professionals to rural and underserved areas continues to be an enormous challenge. Lower salaries, high educational debt load, professional isolation, and urban-centric policy barriers in underserved and rural areas are deterrents for professionals. WICHE and its 15 member states want to develop a comprehensive strategy for the regional health care workforce to help recruit, train, and retain professionals to serve the rural areas of the West.

    Pages: 94 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 545 KB
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    Policy Brief
    Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 88 KB
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  • This white paper is the result of the 2006 Lariat Summit, a forum that convened over 40 leaders from the fields of science, education, and cyberinfrastructure to develop strategies and recommendations for connecting minority-serving institutions in the West to national broadband networks. This document is a first step towards developing both the will and the resources to ensure that minority-serving institutions are among the “connected” institutions in the West.

    Pages: 39 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 6.5 MB
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    WICHE commissioned this paper to help policy leaders and decision makers understand the impact of selected state financial aid programs on students’ choices – choices of which college to attend, where to attend college, and even whether to attend college at all. As the paper shows, states have created grant-aid programs for a variety of reasons and through a variety of funding sources.

    Pages: 40 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 472 KB
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    Policy Brief
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    This report, funded through a grant from the Ford Foundation, seeks to better inform legislators and other key policymakers about the confluence of forces bearing down on higher education and the resulting impacts to state goals and priorities. Using an array of data, the report highlights the ways in which a state’s stock of human capital is depleted and replenished through education, migration, and the aging of the workforce (i.e., retirements).

    Pages: 124 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1 MB
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  • May 21-22, 2007
    Whitefish, Montana
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    This publication provides straightforward advice and nontechnical information to help college and university administrators respond to calls for greater accountability and students’ increasing expectations for technology-supported services.

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    Too often, when one state engages in successful “outside-the-box” policymaking, other states simply adopt that solution wholesale – as if it were a one-size-fits-all “policy-in-a-box.” This publication describes a number of policy strategies – both inside-the-box and outside-the-box – and discusses how they address various possible policy purposes. Thinking Outside the Box provides a systematic discussion of policy alignment around readiness, access, and success and examines them in the light of four policy tools: finance, regulation, accountability, and governance.

    Pages: 60 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 354 KB
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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2006 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. More than 21,500 students were enrolled in 134 WUE institutions for the 2006 academic year.

    Pages: 142 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 700 KB
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  • Many people ask why physics is part of the State Scholars Core Course of Study: is it really that important to postgraduate success in college, work, and life? The answer is yes, according to researchers, employers, and high school graduates.

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    State and federal policy need to provide greater incentives, both to students and to the institutions that serve them, to enhance the likelihood of student success. In this paper Art Hauptman adds substantially to the body of work that has been supported by Lumina Foundation for Education in WICHE’s Changing Direction project, which has focused on how states can intentionally change finance policies– appropriations, tuition, and financial aid– to expand access to success, particularly for the most at-risk young adults.

    Pages: 26 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.2 MB
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  • An accounting of enrollment in and financing of WICHE’s student exchanges at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels for academic year 2006-07.

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    With significant, industrywide advancements in health information technology (IT), institutions of higher education in the West will be called upon to provide a new generation of health IT graduates. New academic programs must be developed, existing programs will need to be retooled, and student recruitment strategies will be required to meet the health IT workforce demands of the future.

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  • WUE poster: College in the West for Less. Full color, 11x17 inches. **To request printed copies,call 303.541.0270.

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    A short, compelling, informational video for students about the State Scholars Initiative. Streaming online viewing options, DVD, or Podcast download.

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    5 full size posters, 12in x 18in
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    This year-in-review publication highlights some of SSI’s key achievements in 2005-06, including: SSI’s growth into new States; success in spreading the message about the importance of a rigorous curriculum; and the impact of SSI efforts on individual students and State policies.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 451 KB
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    WICHE's Internet Course Exchange (ICE) enables institutions to meet student, state, and workforce needs cost-effectively by exchanging high quality, Internet-delivered courses and programs.The WICHE ICE Implementation Guide is designed to provide more detail on the processes outlined in WICHE ICE Operations Manual — How to Begin, Developing a Timeline, Questions to Consider.

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