WICHE Publications By Subject


  • Exploring,-Engaging,-and-Expanding-with-the-Adult-College-Completion-Network publication cover graphic
    To share lessons learned from the Adult College Completion Network’s 2015 Annual Workshop, WICHE has released Exploring, Engaging, and Expanding with the Adult College Completion Network. This publication synthesizes the major themes from the event including innovative programmatic and policy approaches for serving adult learners and the implications of recent research and new technologies for this group. This document is intended to serve as a resource for groups, institutions, agencies, policymakers, and others interested in staying up to date on the latest efforts targeting adult credential completion around the country.
    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 344 KB
  • March 2016 Newsletter cover graphic
    • Nearly 38,000 students benefitting from WICHE exchange programs in 2015-16.
    • Six new states now working on development of Interstate Passport.
    • WCET report looks at policies, practices affecting adjunct faculty teaching online.
    • ACCN webinar focuses on advising adult learners. 


    Pages: 3 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.4 MB
  • Statistical Report Academic Year 2015-16 Cover Graphic

    This report covers fall 2015 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: 3.4 MB
  • January 2016 WICHE NewsCap Cover Graphic
    • Message from WICHE President David Longanecker
    • Upcoming summit, webinars focused on connecting credentials
    • 2015 WCET awards for eLearning leadership and innovation
    • Impact of high school mentoring programs in Alaska, Idaho
    • New WICHE Commission appointees
    Pages: 4 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1. 5 MB
  • Western Policy Exchange Publication cover graphic for "Stories from the Front Lines of Student Success:"

    Stories from the Front Lines of Student Success: The Implementation and Progress of Near Peer Mentoring Programs in Alaska and Idaho

    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


  • 2015 Legislative Insights Cover Graphic

    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. Many Western states also increasingly looked to higher education as the driver of economic growth, as their legislatures focused on career and technical education and STEM fields, while others sought to encourage partnerships between business and postsecondary institutions. Issues to watch include allowing guns on campus, preventing sexual assault on campus, military and veterans education, and the ongoing implementation of common academic standards that prepare students for college and careers.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 179 KB
  • 2015-16 Tuition & Fees in the West cover graphic

    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. In addition to the full report, all tuition and fee data tables are available to download in Excel format below. You can find a policy brief summarizing the tuition and fees trends, state appropriations, student financial aid and related policy implications at http://wiche.edu/pub/tuition-and-fees-west-2015-16.

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    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.

    This past year as WICHE chair has given me a unique perspective to reflect on the value of our organization. I began the year as a Commissioner from Idaho and finished as a Commissioner from South Dakota. I discovered that WICHE provided a robust platform to deal with the challenges that are common among us, but that are also unique to each state. I was able to benefit from national expertise informed by the latest research in higher education policy. I was able to see first-hand how WICHE’s various student exchange programs strengthened and expanded our ability to meet critical needs with limited re-sources. I was also able to draw from the wisdom of my colleagues, each dealing with similar issues in a variety of complex settings.

    Another unique experience that has informed my perspective has been the selection process for a new president. When Dr. David Longanecker announced his retirement earlier this year, he graciously agreed to stay on as long as it took to hire an able replacement. The announcement of his retirement resulted in a wave of unsolicited comments from people across the country about how much they valued and respected the role WICHE has played in higher education policy and delivery. It also resulted in a number of highly qualified candidates applying for the job of president. As of this writing, we are still in the process of deciding on a new leader.

    The events of this year have allowed me to reflect on how blessed this organization has been under the stewardship of David Longanecker. His insights and leadership have put a permanent positive stamp on higher education in this country and beyond. He has accomplished this through his willingness to lead where others have shied away, his commitment to helping states wrestle with tough problems, his wisdom, his tireless and generous use of time for constant travel and just-in-time problem solving, and his unflappable good humor and ability to put people from all political persuasions at ease. He leaves an organization that is well respected, on sound financial footing, and positioned for continued effective leadership in higher education. He will be missed.

    Michael Rush
    Executive Director, South Dakota Board of Regents

    Pages: 17 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1,669 KB
  • Policy Insights, Coordinating Postsecondary Education and the Public Workforce System in Workforce Planning, Cover Graphic

    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. Much of this activity will play out at the local level, but state higher education leaders can be instrumental in facilitating the engagement of their institutions with these partnerships at both the state and local levels. Additionally, community colleges in particular will want to pursue a broader dialogue with public workforce agencies because changes in WIOA make postsecondary training a more immediate possibility for workforce customers than was previously the case. This brief presents specific opportunities for forging stronger links between the public workforce and postsecondary education systems and examples of states that are making progress on that front.

    Pages: 10 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 270 KB
  • WICHE Commissioners Nov 15 Meeting Agenda Book

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 95 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 1.18 MB
  • Cover graphic for the WICHE Publication, Six Decades of Collaboration in the West

    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.

    Pages: 2 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 509 KB
  • Colloaboration and Coordination to Improve Adult College Completion Efforts Cover

    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
  • 2014-15TFinsights FINAL cover

    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.

    Pages: 8 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size:
  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book Cover

    Plenary Sessions (Presentations)

    Pages: 169 ~ Media Type: PDF ~ File Size: 2,337 KB