Policy Analysis and Research
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2013 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities.
Click here to download the state-by-state data tables all at once in a zipped file, or click below for individual tables.
Tuition and required fees at four-year institutions are reported by institution for four categories of students: resident undergraduate, nonresident undergraduate, resident graduate, and nonresident graduate. Tuition and required fees at two-year institutions are reported for resident in-district and nonresident students. Averages are reported for the region and for each of the 15 WICHE states. Also included are comparisons of tuition and fees by Carnegie Classification based on the 2005 Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions. Tuition is defined as the total dollar amount charged to a full-time student for a full academic year, usually two semesters, three quarters, or two trimesters. Required fees include the institutional fees that a majority of full-time students are required to pay in addition to tuition.
Based on document analysis and 40 interviews with Roundtable participants and other stakeholders across North Dakota, this report assesses the factors that enabled the North Dakota Higher Education Roundtable vision to be sustained for more than seven years, identifies obstacles encountered during the sustainability process, and provides suggestions to help other states build and eventually sustain their own public agenda.
With support from the Ford Foundation, WICHE focues this report on the states of the West, their ability to educate minorities, and the resulting impact on their workforces and economies.
Higher education was again fertile ground in 2017 for Western U.S. state legislatures, whose budget and bill dynamics affect students, families and postsecondary institutions across the region.
We dove deep to discern some key trends:
- Energy-dependent Western states saw shrinking budgets; yet other state budgets grew robustly.
- High on legislative agendas: Student-centric cost and value concerns, with an emphasis on “free-college” programs and credential attainment.
- Bills related to data and governance were among ways legislators grappled with the productivity and effectiveness of public higher education.
These are among the WICHE Insights embedded in a new report, 2017 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West: What You Need to Know, a compendium of activity in the 16 states and territories that comprise the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education membership.
Each year, WICHE curates tuition and fees data from the 350-plus public colleges and universities in 16 Western U.S. states and territories, then publishes this data to enable comparisons, not only school-by-school but also across states, institutional sectors, and Carnegie classifications. In doing so, WICHE provides the West’s most definitive resource on college tuition and fees. Illuminating key data points that include:
- 2017-18 resident undergraduate tuition and fees at four-year institutions increased 4.0 percent, and at two-year colleges increased 4.3 percent, since 2016-17—reflecting steeper increases than seen these past few years, though more modest than increases seen between 2007-08 and 2011-12.
- This past decade, tuition and fees have increased 54.3 percent at four-year institutions and 40.8 percent at two-year colleges. (The latter figure drops to 31.2 percent when excluding California, which has high enrollment and low tuition and fees.)
- For the first year of this annual publication, WICHE includes undergraduate student fee trends data. Though undergraduate student fees at four-year institutions this past decade increased in 13 of 15 WICHE states (by more than 100 percent in six states), sharp fee cuts in California and South Dakota led to an aggregate average decrease in fees for the WICHE region overall.
These and more takeaways can be gleaned from Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West: 2017-18, which helps WICHE-region states and institutions gauge their progress in keeping college affordable, and yields insights that can have policy or budget implications.
Download Excel Data: Tuition and Fees Dataset - 2017-18
This dataset provides all institution-level tuition and fees, enrollments, and institutional characteristics needed to reproduce published data tables, and printable copies of all state and regional average tables from the report.
Download PDF Report and Tables: Click here for the 2017-18 Tuition and Fees data tables and report.
This second supplement to WICHE's 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (Dec. 2016) incorporates a new WICHE Insights report Impact and Implications: Projections of Male and Female High School Graduates, detailed projections of male and female high school graduates for the nation, region and the states, and an interactive chart dashboard.
The main Knocking at the College Door report illuminated many trends with critical impacts for colleges, universities and policymakers. These data about male and female high school graduates enable deeper insights about the differing demography and outcomes of males and females, including:
- Though there are more males than females under age 19, fewer males graduate high school and pursue postsecondary education.
- The lag in male educational attainment is more pronounced among Black and Hispanic students than the other large racial/ethnic groups. Since the Hispanic population is growing faster than the majority White population, this lag has implications for colleges, workforce, income prosperity, and families, especially in the South and West where Hispanic populations are prevalent.
- After decades of constant increases, the numbers of high school graduates—male and female—are projected to begin declining (in the mid-2020s). Policymakers and educators must work to increase graduation rates and overall educational attainment, particularly for males and minorities, and address occupational and pay disparities that many working females encounter despite higher educational attainment.