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Sedney, Christina; Lane, Patrick – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2017
2017 saw every legislature in the West in session--including the 15 Western states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam--with legislators addressing a diverse array of higher education topics and dealing with an equally wide variety of budgetary outlooks. As in past years, Western states featured some of the largest…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Geographic Location, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
Sedney, Christina – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2016
In 2016, there was an increasingly dramatic divergence between state economies in the West. Most states in the region benefited from an ongoing economic recovery, but states reliant on the energy sector for tax revenues were hit hard by the global decline in oil prices. This resulted in varying budget situations in legislatures across the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Economic Impact, Economic Factors
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2015
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among its members and their institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education's contributions…
Descriptors: Interstate Programs, Organizations (Groups), Higher Education, Student Exchange Programs
Martin, Michael – Hunt Institute, 2015
Assessments matter in education. Testing is nothing new; tests have been around as long as school itself. However, over the last 15 years, state assessments have grown to be an increasingly central, and often controversial, part of schooling. As states raise their standards, it is more important than ever to ask: What is a high-quality assessment?…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, State Standards, Academic Standards