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WSU College Portrait
WSU’s College Portrait has a variety of information including the characteristics of students and faculty, admissions requirements, popular majors, average class sizes, campus safety, the future plans of graduates and much more.

WSU Academics
Listings of degree programs (click on subject for more details), evidence-based learning opportunities, academic colleges, centers/institutes, internship opportunities and more.

Common Data Set (CSD) 2011-2012 (pdf file)
Collaborative initiative among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. Includes general information about WSU, enrollment characteristics, and persistence and graduate data on students.

WSU Self-Study for Higher Learning Commission Accreditation 2007 (pdf file)
Exhaustive self-study conducted by WSU as part of the accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) in 2006-2007. WSU will be reviewed again in 2016-17.

WSU Assessment Plans and Reports
Set of dashboards and reports that monitor WSU performance relative to Foresight 2020 goals which are part KBOR’s 10-year strategic agenda for higher ed. The dashboards relate to overall performance, student learning performance, and distance education plan.

WSU Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees supports the educational undertakings of the university and receives and holds in trust any property, real and personal, given in trust for the use or benefit of the university.

National Advisory Council
The National Advisory Council is dedicated to promoting the interests of WSU and the WSU Foundation.

WSU Foundation Board of Directors
The WSU Foundation Board of Directors is the governance body overseeing the work on the WSU Foundation and directing the work of the foundation president and CEO.

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Quick Facts
Summary data on current admissions, enrollment (including demographics and trends), course level, online courses, degrees conferred, and retention & graduation rates. Enrollment demographics include age, sex, ethnicity, geographic origin, etc. Compiled by WSU Office of Planning and Analysis.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
2011 results (XLS file) and 2011 related presentation (pdf file)
Survey of freshmen and seniors conducted in spring 2011. Focuses on two areas: 1) amount of time and effort students spend on classes and other educational activities and 2) how well the university uses resources and curriculum to get students to participate in activities important for learning. Results of earlier surveys in 2008 and 2009 as well as comparative multi-year benchmark reports are found on the WSU Office of Institutional Research website.

WSU Exit Survey 2012
Feedback from graduating students on their academic programs. Results compiled by academic year (fall, spring, summer) and reported by college division and academic program. Provides links to university overview and full results. Compiled by WSU Office of Planning and Analysis.

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Faculty Consolidated Report FY2012 (pdf file)
Information about faculty and unclassified professional staff including demographics, retention, and aggregate salary data. Collected annually by Kansas Board of Regents. Reports from previous years available on the Office of Institutional Research website.

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)
2011 results (XLS file) and 2011 related presentation (pdf file)
Compliments National Student Engagement Survey (NSSE). Focuses on same issues, but from faculty perspective.

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KBOR State University Data Book, June 2012 (pdf file)
Ready reference of tabular data compiled for the state universities governed by KBOR. Organized in six sections: Finance; Tuition and Fees; Students; Faculty and Staff; Facilities; and Institutional Profiles. Covers only four-year institutions.

Kansas Community Colleges Enrollment and Financial Statistics, 2011 (pdf file, compiled Jan. 2012)
Compiled by the Kansas Association of Community College Business Officers. Presents summary enrollment and financial data of Kansas Community Colleges.

KBOR Demographic Profiles of Students at State Universities, Fall 2006-Fall 2011 (pdf file)

KBOR Tuition and Fees Reports

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Almanac of Higher Education, 2012 
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Reports and data on student enrollment and demographics, graduation completion, tuition, technology, etc.

Trends to Watch in Higher Education, 2011 (pdf file)
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).
(WSU access to the SCUP 2012 edition is not available at this time.)

Series of reports by the College Board. Trends in Public Higher Education: Enrollment, Prices, Student Aid and Debt Levels, May 2012.

Higher Education: Institutions and Enrollment
U.S. Census Bureau. List of various reports from the 2012 Statistical Abstract.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends: College
Pew Research Center. List of various reports with data including completion rates, Hispanic college enrollment, gender gap in collection education, rise of student borrowing, etc.

Fast Facts: Enrollment
National Center for Education Statistics.

Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2011; Financial Statistics, FY2011; and Graduation Rates, Selected Cohorts, 2003-2008 (pdf file)
National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Education.

The Condition of Education 2012 (Go to Section 3: Postsecondary Education pdf link)
National Center for Education Statistics.

The Condition of Education 2010 (Go to Section 5: Postsecondary Education pdf link)
National Center for Education Statistics. Includes data on ethnicity of students.

Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (pdf file. Go to Chapter 3: Postsecondary Education)
National Center for Education Statistics. Includes tables and figures related to enrollment, degrees conferred, ethnicity, etc.

Choosing a Postsecondary Institution: Considerations Reported by Students, 2009 (pdf file)
National Center for Education Statistics.

Financial Trends in Higher Education: The United States 
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Penn State.

Five Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013
Forbes Magazine

Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2012 (pdf file)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Jan. 2012

Impact of MOOC's on Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed magazine, Dec. 6, 2012

Dynamics Affecting Public Higher Education Financing and Highlights From States' Legislative Sessions 2012 (pdf file)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Data and Decision for Higher Education
Publications of The Association for Institutional Research

The Great Cost Shift - How Higher Education Cuts Undermine the Future of the Middle Class (pdf file)
Demos, March 2012

Educause Resources

Education - Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future
Published by the White House

Top Research Institutions and Long-Run Regional Prosperity
The Brookings Institution, Sept. 24, 2012

Home Page for the Kansas Legislative Research Department

Tennessee Higher Education Profiles and Trends 2012 (pdf file)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Tuition Elasticity: Student Responsiveness to Tuition Increase
Hanover Research

Elasticity of Demand for Higher Education
Reed College. An economics case study that summarizes some studies and asks interesting questions.

Determinants of Student Demand at Florida Southern College (pdf file)
Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics

Abelard To Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities
by Richard A. DeMillo

Peering into the Crystal Ball
Commentary on Richard A. DeMillo's book "Abelard To Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities."

State Funding of Higher Education
The 38 States That Have Slashed Higher Education Spending

Don't Let Strategy Become Planning
by Roger Martin, Harvard Business Review

Extreme Focus and the Success of Germany's Mittelstand
by Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine, Harvard Business Review

Clayton Christensen Wants to Transform Capitalism
By Jeff Howe, Wired

Will Your College Go Out of Business Before You Graduate?
By Mark Cuban

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Urban Universities as Anchor Institutions: A Report of National Data and Survey Findings (pdf file)
Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU).

Quick Facts
Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU). Other information about the USU and its agenda, goals, and publications.

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2011 Report on Trends in Latino Access and Success (pdf file)
The National Conference on State Legislatures

A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education - and the Kansas Role in That Effort (pdf file)
Lumina Foundation, 2012

Associated Kansas Fact Sheet (pdf file)
National Science Foundation

Issues and Trends Identification in Kansas (pdf file)
2006 Report by the WSU Center for Economic Development and Business Research

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