WICHE Publications By Year


  • Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates 8th Edition and Supplements

    This 8th edition of WICHE's Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (click for website) includes data on enrollments and graduates by state and for major racial/ethnic groups covering the period from 2009-10 to 2027-28.

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    Foreword and Acknowledgments
    Executive Summary


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  • Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates 8th Edition, December 2012

    This 8th edition of WICHE's Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (click for website) includes data on enrollments and graduates by state and for major racial/ethnic groups covering the period from 2009-10 to 2027-28.

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  • New Approaches to the New Normal: Recapping 2012 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West

    While tax revenues in many Western states have improved since FY 2011, the 2012 legislative sessions still experienced what has become the familiar round of funding cuts to higher education, coupled with tuition increases for students. The good news is that the cuts and increases weren’t as severe as in previous years, despite continued aversion to spending by most state legislatures. The bad news is that the loss of stimulus funds and the rising cost of health care, K-12 education, and other public services mean that states still face a tremendous amount of economic pressure. This Policy Insights brief summarizes key themes from the 2012 legislative sessions and highlights some emerging issues to watch in the West.

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  • Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2012-2013: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables

    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. Beginning with 2010-11 and continuing this year, 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.

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  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book - November 12-13, 2012

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  • Overview of State Policies on Lower-Division General Education Core in the WICHE States

    The WICHE Interstate Passport Initiative, launched in October 2011, is a pilot project that addresses interstate student transfer. This document provides an overview on the current policies around the lower-division general education core in the WICHE states and presents the general education credits required in each state. 

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  • Policy Exchanges: Strategies for Success: Promising Ideas in Adult College Completion

    This publication is the first of a series focusing on promising new ideas and innovative practices developed through the Adult College Completion Network. The brief addresses five topics of importance to those working to improve adult college completion.

    • Data availability particular to the returning adult population

    • Partnerships between employers and higher education institutions

    • Communications and marketing campaigns to reach and reengage adults with prior college credit

    • Transfer credits

    • Prior learning assessment


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  • Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) Administrative Manual

    This administrative manual details the operation of WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP). It outlines the responsibilities and procedures for WICHE, State Certifying Officers, participating programs, and PSEP students

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  • Going the Distance in Adult College Completion: Lessons from the 'Non-traditional No More' Project

    From 2008 to 2011, WICHE worked with six states (Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and South Dakota) to improve policies and practices to increase adult degree completion as a way to raise overall state educational attainment levels. With funding from Lumina Foundation, the project, known as Nontraditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners, identified and eliminated barriers that keep adults with prior college credit from returning to postsecondary education and completing their degrees. By bringing together state and institutional leaders, the project pursued two main objectives: identifying “ready adults,” or those who earned a significant number of prior college credits before leaving postsecondary education without earning a credential; and building a pathway to postsecondary success.

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  • WICHE Commission Meeting Agenda Book - May 21-22, 2012

    May 21-22, 2012
    Fort Collins, Colorado

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  • WICHE 2013 Workplan

    WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Our student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work allow us to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond. In fiscal 2013 WICHE's four units - Programs and Services, Policy Analysis and Research, Mental Health Program, and WCET - will strive to assist the West's institutions and students, focusing on five areas: finance; access and success; workforce and society; technology and innovation; and accountability. In the 2013 Workplan, we describe existing activities, as well as initiatives that are new directions or on the horizon, by unit. Along with a brief narrative of each project, we include its focus area/s; priority in terms of WICHE's mission; funding source and amount; staffing level; timeline; organizational partners; and state institutional partners.

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  • Tuition and Fees in the West 2011-12

    WICHE's Policy Analysis and Research unit has released a new Policy Insight covering our most recent survey of published tuition and fees prices in all public institutions in the West in 2011-12. The report summarizes those findings and also addresses related state finance policies including state budget levels and higher education appropriations and state financial aid programs.


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  • Student Exchange Programs Statistical Report, Academic Year 2011-12

    This report covers Fall 2011 enrollments for WUE, WRGP and PSEP and details the funds that flow between students’ home states and enrolling institutions in the Professional Student Exchange Program that receive them.

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  • Undocumented Students in the West

    The question of whether undocumented students have a right to broad access to higher education is a debate that cuts across party lines and political ideologies, sometimes in unpredictable, rhetorically charged ways. “Undocumented Students in the West,” a new Policy Insights brief from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, examines changing student demographics in the states and how the undocumented population may impact higher education in the years to come. In addition to detailing the characteristics of the undocumented population, the brief provides an overview of the state policy landscape surrounding the issue, including a summary of legislation affecting undocumented students in Western states. The brief further outlines some of the possible implications of either extending or restricting higher education benefits to undocumented students.

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  • Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2011

    Western Undergraduate Exchange Enrollment Report Fall 2011 cover

    Headcount of students sent and received through WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange with summaries by state, institution, and program. In 2010-11, WUE helped some 29,000 students and their families save $223.8 million dollars in tuition by paying 150% of resident tuition, instead of the full nonresident rate at 145 participating WUE institutions

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