Policy Analysis and Research

Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2015

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Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2015 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually with the most recent data available, to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities.

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Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2015 presents information on the West’s progress in improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. The information is updated annually with the most recent data available, to monitor change over time and encourage its use as a tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities.

Background Data Tables

Click here for a single 'zipped' file of all 15 data tables of the state-by-state data used in the Benchmarks figures, or select individual tables from the list below.

Figure 1 The Education Pipeline
Figure 2 Undergraduate Enrollment Among 25-49 Year Olds as a Percent of Population
Figure 3 Percentage of Public High School Completers as a Proportion of the Number of 9th Graders Four Years Earlier, by Race/Ethnicity
Figure 4 Share of Full-Time Undergraduate Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity vs Share of Population by Race/Ethnicity
Figure 5 Share of Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Race/Ethnicity vs Share of Population by Race/Ethnicity
Figure 6 College Participation and Impoverishment
Figure 7 Average Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year and Two-Year Institutions
Figure 8

Ratio of Tuition and Fees to Median Household Income, Public Institutions

Figure 9 Grant Aid per FTE in Public Institutions
Figure 10 Need-Based Grant Aid Awarded by State Grant Programs per FTE (One-Third)
Figure 11 Percentage of First-Time Full-Time Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students Receiving Federal Grant Aid
Figure 12 WUE Total Savings to Families and/or States
Figure 13 Total State and Local Appropriations to Higher Education per FTE
Figure 14 Revenues from State and Local Appropriations and Tuition and Fees per FTE, Public Institutions
Figure 15 State Tax Revenue Per Capita

Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2015-16: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables

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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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Table 1 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 2 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees in Constant (2015) Dollars at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 3 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 4 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 5 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 6 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 7 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 8 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 9 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 10 Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 11 Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Table 12 Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2010-11 and 2005-06
Appendix G Mandatory Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
Appendix H Mandatory Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
Appendix I Undergraduate FTE Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
Appendix J Graduate FTE Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region
Appendix K Undergraduate FTE Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region

Click here for the 2014-15 Tuition and Fees data tables and report.

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11
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2A346N

2015 Report to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i System

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In January 2015, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents sought to explore and analyze the current structure of the University of Hawai‘i system. Specifically, they wanted to address whether the Board of Regents should reconsider the 2001 separation of roles of the president of the University of Hawai‘i system and the chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa or seek other changes in the management and leadership structure of the system in order to better serve the state and its citizens. To accomplish this, the Board of Regents engaged the services of Dr. David Longanecker, president of WICHE, and Dr. Demarée Michelau, director of policy analysis for WICHE, to lead a research effort that included reviewing historical documentation; reviewing relevant literature and research; and conducting interviews with past and present stakeholders, national experts on leadership and governance, and leaders in other state higher education systems similar to that of Hawai‘i. This report outlines the findings and recommendations of that research effort.

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4
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14

Coordinating Postsecondary Education and the Public Workforce System in Workforce Planning

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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.

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10
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2A40015B
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10
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Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Adult College Completion Efforts

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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.

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5
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2A400
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8
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Tuition and Fees in the West 2014-15

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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.

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2 015
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5
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2A40015A
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8

Standards, Assessment, and Readiness: Addressing Postsecondary Transition Issues Across State Lines

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The implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) or other similar academic standards is well underway in most states, and the corresponding assessment systems are set to go live in the current academic year. As implementation continues, there are a variety of challenges that K-12 and higher education leaders will face in the coming years related to student movement across state lines. To begin the conversation about these challenges, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, convened higher education and K-12 leaders from the Western region and additional bordering states in October 2014. The meeting had four goals: 1) to gain an increased awareness of issues related to readiness for college and careers, common academic standards, and assessments that may emerge as students cross state lines to enroll in postsecondary institutions after high school; 2) to forge relationships with colleagues in other states to assist with the ongoing implementation of common academic standards and assessments in the region, particularly where cross-state collaboration is necessary; 3) to identify principles of good practice as a basis for a national framework for preempting some of the obstacles related to student movement across state lines as common academic standards and assessments are implemented; and 4) to determine whether an ongoing conversation (perhaps through a formal network of K-12 and higher education leaders) would be valuable and lead to more successful student transitions. Organized to address four key areas, the October 2014 meeting focused on data and reporting, admissions, college and career readiness, and communications. This brief describes the major challenges ahead for states, institutions, and most importantly, students as the standards and assessments are implemented and offers recommendations to create a network structure that would assist K-12 and higher education leaders in addressing those challenges.

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2 015
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1
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2A40014D
Number of pages: 
6

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