WICHE Publications Archive

2008

  • 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.

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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. Changes in shortage levels appear to parallel growth in prescription medication usage. WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) allows students from states that do not have a public school of pharmacy to pay reduced tuition to a cooperating institution in the West. Sending states determine the number of new students to be supported each year. In 2006-07, 40 students from Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada attended 16 cooperating pharmacy schools.

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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. A variety of information was used to formulate the findings and program and policy recommendations, including performance reports, correspondence, and program documents, as well as data from interviews with state directors and surveys of SSI business partners.

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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.

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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. WICHE chose 14 states for the project and worked closely with each for a two-year period to develop a more comprehensive state policymaking framework and process so that policies related to appropriations, tuition, and financial aid were better aligned, occurred in an environment of collaboration, and supported state goals for higher education. In an effort to chronicle the states’ progress and developments as well as share the lessons learned, this publication offers a compilation of case studies written about the Changing Direction technical assistance states.

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  • ssiSummitProceedings.png

    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. Thirty-six states and territories were represented. Speakers included: Phyllis Hudecki, executive director of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development and SSI Advisory Board member; Leon Lederman, Nobel laureate in physics, resident scholar at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, and SSI Advisory Board member; Mark Milliron, CEO of Catalyze Learning International; Lorena Riffo Jenson, chairwoman of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Roy Romer, former governor of Colorado and superintendent of the Los Angeles; David Longanecker, WICHE President; Troy Justesen, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; and Belle Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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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.

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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.

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  • ssiBrochure.png

    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.

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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.

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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. The SSI states included in these charts are Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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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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  • November 10-11, 2008
    Phoenix, Arizona
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