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ERIC Number: ED539052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2012
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Benchmarks: WICHE Region 2012 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. To establish a general context for the benchmarks, it is useful to understand that three demographic characteristics of the West are central to issues of Access, Success, and Finance. First, median household income in the West is slightly higher than in most other regions; while the national median household income in 2011 was $50,054, the average for Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states was $51,721. However, average tuition and fees for resident undergraduates in 2012-2013 at public four-year institutions in the West were significantly lower: $7,553 in the region compared to $8,655 nationally. Second, on average, a slightly higher proportion of the region's population holds at least a bachelor's degree (29.4%) than is found nationally (28.2%). Finally, although population growth has been strong in the West, preliminary projections suggest that the era of uninterrupted growth in the number of high school graduates, both nationally and in the West, is nearing an end. Still, the West is home to states that are among the fastest-growing in the nation, as well as those which will see continued declines in the size of high school graduating classes, while all are likely to see continuation of a trend in the rapid diversification of high school graduates. (Contains 15 figures.)
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200; Fax: 303-541-0291; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education