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November 2007 ~ 4pp. ~ PDF ~ 138 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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.
October 2007 ~ 94pp. ~ PDF ~ 545 KB~ DOWNLOAD
From the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research, this policy brief summarizes nationally representative data on community-level risk factors associated with schizophrenia hospitalizations. It examines how socio-economic factors and the makeup of local health care systems affect the rate of schizophrenia hospitalizations. It identifies geographic areas with elevated rates. It also presents a discussion about the findings. It should be of interest to government and private health plan administrators, as well as those responsible for designing mental health delivery systems – anyone interested in creating outpatient treatment programs that may prevent costly hospitalizations.
September 2007 ~ 2pp. ~ PDF ~ 88 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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.
August 2007 ~ 39pp. ~ PDF ~ 6.5 MB~ DOWNLOAD
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. Among the most popular and growing forms of state grant-aid programs are those that blend financial need with certain academic benchmarks for students’ high school course of study (to aid academic preparation for college) and benchmarks for continued academic progress in college (to aid in persistence to degree). Through an examination of grant-aid programs in 11 states, this analysis identifies the start date for the programs and describes the qualifications for eligibility, the legislation that established the programs, and the policies and political environments involved in creating them. In addition, the authors discuss programmatic impacts on students’ choices and make several recommendations to states that are considering creating grant-aid programs.
June 2007 ~ 40pp. ~ Pub #2A363 ~ Printed copies available ~ PDF ~ 472 KB~ DOWNLOAD
Q and A format, a helpful and informative document highlighting questions about WUE frequently-asked by counselors, educators, and administrators of participating colleges and universities.
June 2007 ~ 5pp. ~ PDF ~ 35 KB~ DOWNLOAD
From the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research, this study examines whether depressed rural primary care patients are more likely than urban patients to be hospitalized; it investigates whether differences in hospitalization rates can be explained by differences in the utilization of specialty outpatient care; and it looks at whether rural patients face more “insurance barriers” to outpatient care. This study should be of interest to policy makers and administrators seeking to develop better delivery systems for rural mental health services. It should also be of interest to insurers, self-insured employers and other payers seeking the most effective use of health care expenditures.
May 2007 ~ 2pp. ~ PDF ~ 100 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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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). This edition includes profiles for all 50 states and international comparative data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showing how well the United States and its individual states fare in comparison to other countries on measures of educational attainment. These data provide a benchmark for action, given the interrelatedness and heightened competition of an increasingly global economy. In addition, they are sobering evidence that more attention must be paid to how states can better harness the resources of their higher education systems to assure that they remain competitive in the decades to come.
May 2007 ~ 124pp. ~ Pub #2A364 ~ PDF ~ 1 MB~ DOWNLOAD
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. The book draws upon WCET's more than 15 years of work on the effective use of technology to increase quality and efficiency in higher education. Authored by WCET staff and recognized leaders among its membership, Advancing Campus Efficiencies is a pragmatic and practical tool for deans, vice presidents, and presidents of private and public colleges and universities. The book is available for $40 through Anker Publishing. To order, follow the link below.
April 2007 ~ 236pp. ~ Pub #ISBN: 978-1-933371-13-9 ~ Printed copies available ~ LINK
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. This latest publication is supported by Lumina Foundation for Education in WICHE’s Changing Direction project.
March 2007 ~ 60pp. ~ Pub #2A362 ~ Printed copies available ~ PDF ~ 354 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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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.
March 2007 ~ 142pp. ~ Pub #0102:1C:1204:AG:2A333A ~ PDF ~ 700 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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.
January 2007 ~ 26pp. ~ Pub #2A361 ~ Printed copies available ~ PDF ~ 1.2 MB~ DOWNLOAD
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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.
January 2007 ~ 19pp. ~ Pub #0122006400:KENDALL:5C:2A339A ~ 1.6 MB~ DOWNLOAD
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.
2007 ~ 6pp. ~ PDF ~ 902 KB~ DOWNLOAD
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.
2007 ~ Web page ~ LINK