Policy Analysis and Research

Benchmarks

Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2016 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 and to inform discussion in policy and education communities.

Building Capacity for Tracking Human Capital Development and Its Mobility Across State Lines

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Over the past five years as the cost and value of higher education have gained increased policymaker, consumer, and media attention, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has worked with four of its member states to test how cross-state collaboration and data sharing might inform important questions about the development and mobility of human capital. This brief discusses the pilot phase of this project – the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE) – including the process of developing governance structures and cross-state agreements, the importance and feasibility of complying with privacy laws, and some policy-relevant results from the cohort of almost 193,000 high school graduates and first-time college students that were encompassed by the educational and workforce data exchange. Among other things, the MLDE highlights that public policy is better informed when the movement of students and graduates across state lines is factored into the setting and achievement of state workforce and educational attainment goals. The MLDE provides a viable solution for providing the information necessary to do just that.

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2 015
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2A40014AA
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8
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Closing the Degree Gap: The West’s Contributions

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This Policy Insight is a supplement to WICHE’s annual Benchmarks indicators, which summarize the West states’ progress with improving access to, success in, and financing of higher education. In this brief, we explore one variant for how WICHE states might meet projected educational attainment goals, such as the 60 percent by 2025 goal set by the Lumina Foundation. In particular, we explore what it would take for the Western region as a whole to meet this goal rather than each state individually, allowing for the possibility that some West states may achieve a higher level and for others it might not be feasible to reach 60 percent of their population having a high-quality postsecondary credential, because of substantial variation among states' current levels of educational attainment and projected population change over time.

This issue of Policy Insights was prepared by Patrick Kelly of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

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2 014
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12
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2A385
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4
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Affordability and Student Success: Recapping 2014 Higher Education Legislative Activity in the West

Policy Insights Cover, Nov. 2014
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After reaching a low point in 2012, state investment in higher education increased for the second year in a row in 2014 – something that had not happened since the Great Recession of 2008 began. With greater stability in some, though certainly not all, state budgets, many Western legislatures in 2014 looked for new ways to contain college costs for students. In fact, affordability was the key theme of this year’s sessions; in an attempt to address affordability, legislators in the WICHE region passed bills freezing or limiting tuition increases and created new scholarships and other financial aid opportunities for students. Many Western states also increasingly looked to higher education as the driver of economic growth, as their legislatures focused more on community colleges and career and technical education, while others sought to encourage partnerships between business and postsecondary institutions. Issues to watch include undocumented students, guns on campus, military and veterans education, and the ongoing implementation of common academic standards that prepare students for college and careers. This Policy Insights summarizes the key topics and trends addressed during the 2014 legislative sessions and highlights other new and emerging issues to watch in the region.

Year published: 
2 014
Month published: 
11
Print publication number : 
2A40014
Number of pages: 
6
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Tuition and Fees in Public Higher Education in the West, 2014-15: Detailed Tuition and Fees Tables

Tuition & Fees, 2014-2015
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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.

A May 2015 Policy Insights brief that summarizes these data and discusses state budget levels, higher education appropriations, state financial aid programs and related state finance policy innovations is available here on the WICHE web site: Tuition and Fees in the West 2014-15

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Download Excel files:

Table 1 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 2 Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees in Constant (2014) Dollars at Public Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 3 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 4 Resident and Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 5 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 6 Resident and Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 7 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region: State Averages, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 8 Resident In-District/County and Non-Resident Tuition and Fees at Public Two-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 9 Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 10 Non-Resident Undergraduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 11 Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
Table 12 Non-Resident Graduate Tuition and Fees at Public Four-Year Institutions in the WICHE Region by Carnegie Classification, 2014-15, 2011-14, 2009-10 and 2004-05
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

 

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2 014
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11
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2A346M
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64
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College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges. (By Invitation only)

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College and Career Readiness, Common Academic Standards, and Assessments: Finding Solutions to Cross-State Challenges

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OCTOBER 1 - 2, 2014

Equity in Excellence for Colorado's Future

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A Policy Audit and Analysis

In 2013, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) launched a two-year project, Equity in Excellence, to support the implementation of Colorado’s higher education reform agenda. With a focus on the metropolitan Denver area, the project intends to align the state’s higher education policies with concrete, equity-focused actions at its public community colleges and four-year institutions. The purpose of this policy audit is to inform project, state, and institutional leaders about current policy and practice in Colorado with respect to equity as they work with CUE to assess and analyze how to better align state policy with equity-focused actions at the institutional level. Specifically, this audit analyzes alignment, gaps, and opportunities in state, system, and institutional policies, as well as the interaction between them, with an eye toward intentional and unintentional outcomes. It provides an external, objective perspective, with the goal of assisting Colorado’s state and institutional higher education leaders in designing (or redesigning) policies to achieve the goals laid out in the state’s master plan and to make those policies equitable toward all students.

 

Year published: 
2 014
Month published: 
8
Print publication number : 
2A392
Number of pages: 
24
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374 KB

Beyond Borders: Understanding the Development and Mobility of Human Capital in an Age of Data-Driven Accountability

Author: 
Prescott, Brian T.
Beyond Borders, a report on WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project
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A Report on WICHE’s Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Pilot Project

Year published: 
2 014
Month published: 
8
Print publication number : 
2A393A
Number of pages: 
70

Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2011

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This report 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 current tool for informed discussion in policy and education communities, focusing demographics related to Access, Success, and Finance in the West. State-by-state data for Figures 1-15 and three introductory tables are available in Excel file format below.

Year published: 
2 011
Month published: 
10
Number of pages: 
4

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