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A set of recommendations from WICHE to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) advocating for broadband for education.
November 2009 ~ 3pp. ~ PDF ~ 44 KB~ DOWNLOAD
This report is the latest update of WICHE's annual report on tuition and mandatory fees at public institutions in WICHE's 15-state region, including an institution-by-institution historical review of tuition changes from year to year, as well as those from one, five, and ten years ago.
November 2009 ~ 71pp. ~ Pub #2A346H ~ PDF ~ 1.93~ DOWNLOAD
This paper presents a framework for how a multi-sector, multi-state data resource might be designed and governed. It is based on discussions and ongoing initiatives across several WICHE states, especially an effort involving the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Hawaii, to develop a prototype multi-state data exchange. Brian Prescott and Peter Ewell wrote A Framework for a Multi-State Human Capital Development Data System describing the results of WICHE and its partners’ work on this topic.
October 2009 ~ 18pp. ~ PDF ~ 311 KB~ DOWNLOAD
The purpose of this research is to examine possible differences in the prescription of psychotropic medications to youths in rural and urban areas. Multiple studies have indicated a dramatic increase in the number of youth being prescribed psychotropic medication over the past 15 to 20 years. For instance, data indicate that the overall annual rate of psychotropic medication use by children increased from 1.4 per 100 persons in 1987 to 3.9 in 1996, with significant increases found in the use rates of stimulants, antidepressants, other psychotropic medications, and polypharmacy of different classes of psychotropic medications. In a later study, rates of visits by youth resulting in a psychotropic prescription increased from 3.4 percent in 1994-1995 to 8.3 percent in 2000-2001, with annual growth rates rapidly accelerating after 1999. These trends were evident for males and females, and also significant across drug classes. Additionally, there appears to be an increase in the percent of visits by youth to outpatient clinics and emergency rooms that include prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Similar trends have been found in other countries.
October 2009 ~ 15pp. ~ PDF ~ 165 kb~ DOWNLOAD
Article by Mike Abbiatti
Broadband networks in the United States, such as Internet2 and the National LambdaRail, can provide a platform for the research community and the K-20 classroom community to launch a dialog about how we can effectively share infrastructure and expertise via powerful teaching and learning applications across the curriculum. This article invites the research and instructional communities to start a dialogue about scaling the resources of Internet2, the National LambdaRail, and other high performance networks across the curriculum via creative and innovative applications.
October 2009 ~ 1pp. ~ LINK
This working paper assesses the association between rurality and depression care.
October 2009 ~ 21pp. ~ PDF ~ 128 KB~ DOWNLOAD
October 2009 ~ 8pp. ~ PDF ~ 134 KB~ DOWNLOAD
This article penned by James Werle and Louis Fox and published in the September/October 2009 issue of Multimedia & Internet@Schools magazine.
September 2009 ~ 20pp. ~ PDF ~ 1.6MB~ DOWNLOAD
Depression and suicide are especially relevant today in rural areas because of rapid expansion of the aging population in U.S. rural areas, and the fact that persons 65+ have led in suicide rates since 1970. Rural areas have a higher share of aging residents, with more health problems, and more limited access to health services than urban areas. Additionally, DHHS reports indicate that approximately 20% of U.S. residents aged 55+ have a mental disorder, including depression, which has been shown to be highly related to suicide attempts and completions. Accordingly, the increasing prevalence of older residents in rural areas makes these areas prime candidates for training in suicide-prevention interventions that could be extremely helpful to the principal health care resources in such rural areas – namely, primary health caregivers.
August 2009 ~ 34pp. ~ PDF ~ 427 KB~ DOWNLOAD
This paper assesses the needs of rural primary care providers for trraining on mental health issues.
August 2009 ~ 25pp. ~ PDF ~ 204 KB~ DOWNLOAD
American higher education has been on a collision course with financial reality for more than 25 years. This unprecedented economic downturn gives us a chance to finally find new models that will preserve quality and access, but within a less expensive paradigm. WICHE helps find solutions that will sustain higher education, not just through the current crisis but over the long haul.
August 2009 ~ 24pp. ~ PDF ~ 268 KB~ DOWNLOAD
This Web-based Toolkit contains information and tools to implement state of the art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving work faces in primary care practices. The Toolkit is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE), Mental Health Program. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings, as well.
Hard copies of the toolkit are available for $25.00 (includes shipping) through WICHE Mental Health Program. A Pocket Guide for Primary Care Professionals is also available for $1 each. It reviews assessment and interventions with potentially suicidal patients and is also included in the toolkit.
For more information, please contact Joanne Brothers at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2009 ~ Printed copies available ~ Web page ~ LINK
This list of best practice strategies is based on “Institutional Policies/Practices and Course Design Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Education,” produced by WCET in February 2009 and updated in April 2009. In May 2009, the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) surveyed its membership to invite feedback and additional strategies to enhance the WCET work. This June 2009 document reflects the combined contributions of WCET, the UT TeleCampus of the University of Texas System, and ITC.
June 2009 ~ 4pp. ~ PDF ~ 150 KB~ DOWNLOAD
The purpose of this project was to develop effective distance learning methods to train rural PCPs in integrated care models for depression using computer based training (“E-Learning”) and materials adapted from the MacArthur Initiative on Depression & Primary Care. Rural was generally defined as a county with a population less than 50,000 people.
June 2009 ~ 10pp. ~ PDF ~ 122 KB~ DOWNLOAD
Powerpoint presentation by Louis Fox, Vice President of WICHE Technology and Innovation.
June 2009 ~ 12pp. ~ PDF ~ 845 KB~ DOWNLOAD
Colorado is the only state in the nation that distributes taxpayer dollars to its public higher education institutions principally (though not exclusively) through a voucher program, known as the College Opportunity Fund (COF). WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit was commissioned by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to conduct an evaluation of the COF and related policies, which was required by its enacting legislation.
May 2009 ~ 57pp. ~ PDF ~ DOWNLOAD
“Protecting Our Priorities,” WICHE’s fiscal 2010 workplan, focuses on how we can ensure that all our students not only have access to higher education but are well-equipped to succeed at college and able to pay for it.
May 2009 ~ 20pp. ~ PDF ~ 1.1 MB~ DOWNLOAD
This brief assesses the association between rurality and the use, type (pharmacotherapy versus psychotherapy), and quality of care among individuals in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey with self-reported depression.
May 2009 ~ 2pp. ~ PDF ~ 92 KB~ DOWNLOAD
A white paper prepared by a national collaboration of higher education organizations, including WICHE, describing the need for a national broadband strategy that begins with America’s colleges, universities, schools, libraries and hospitals. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $7.2 Billion to extend broadband network connectivity to unserved and underserved communities to be distributed by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture. The contributing authors/organizations propose a national broadband strategy and rationale that build on higher education’s success and experience with advanced networks and, in particular, their efforts to ensure that high quality educational programs reach the broadest audiences.
April 2009 ~ 9pp. ~ PDF ~ 98 KB~ DOWNLOAD
March 2009 ~ 8pp. ~ PDF ~ 507 KB~ DOWNLOAD
This literature review is intended to serve as an overview of the studies that are relevant to our research project, which has been supported by Lumina with the purpose of identifying and promulgating best practices in statewide transfer and articulation systems in public higher education
February 2009 ~ 20pp. ~ PDF ~ 206 KB~ DOWNLOAD
The Campus Computing Project and WCET joined together to develop and conduct the first “Managing Online Education” survey in the Summer of 2009. Survey results were first presented at the WCET Annual Conference on October 22, 2009. Link to materials and presentations of the survey results.
2009 ~ LINK
An annual accounting of enrollment in and financing of WICHE’s student exchanges at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels for academic year 2008-09.
2009 ~ 24pp. ~ Pub #01-02-00-5400:KENDALL:1M:2A371 ~ PDF ~ 1.8 MB~ DOWNLOAD
This paper assesses the association between rural residence and the use, type, and quality of depression care
2009 ~ 24pp. ~ PDF ~ 96 KB~ DOWNLOAD
The goal of WICHE ICE is to benefit students through increased access to courses and programs in a variety of disciplines while they continue their interactions with the faculty and advisors of their home institution without interruption. The majority of this operations manual focuses on the exchange of individual courses, and this is also the mechanism by which the sharing of programs among institutions will be conducted. The appendices provide sample documents for WICHE ICE, such as the memorandum of agreement between WICHE ICE and institutions, procedures for joining WICHE ICE, a detailed course record form, and more information regarding student agreements and student services. They also include a growing repository of resources for those engaged in course or program exchanges.
2009 ~ 51pp. ~ PDF ~ 577 KB~ DOWNLOAD