The Midwestern Higher Education Compact strives to maintain communication with all of its member states. This newsletter provides higher education institutions and agencies timely information about MHEC programs and policy research and analysis.
|September 15, 2008
MHEC publishes 2008 Tuition and Required Fees brief
MHEC is pleased to announce the publication of Average Tuition and Required Fees: A Comparison of Public Colleges and Universities in the Midwest and Beyond. This policy brief examines tuition and required fees charged to students and their families by public two-year and four-year colleges and universities in member states of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact from 2002-03 to 2007-08. Data is provided both at the state level and for individual representative public research and comprehensive universities in each of the 12 Midwestern states. In addition to Midwestern data, published tuition and fee rates are presented for selected public research universities and comprehensive institutions in other states for comparison purposes. A printed copy of the report has been mailed to all MHEC commissioners as well as legislative leaders and other key policymakers in each of the MHEC states. The report is available online on the MHEC website for review and downloading.
New MHEC contract with virtualization software vendor available for members
MHECís Virtualization Software Committee completed an RFP process for a virtualization solution for competitive price agreements with qualified vendor(s) to provide virtualization software licenses, support services, training and related materials or services. The RFP process, which began this spring, resulted in a recently completed contract with Open Systems of Cleveland, Inc. for VMWare software, support and services. More information on this virtualization solution will be posted at www.mhectech.org as details are made available. Questions may be directed to MHEC Chief Information Officer Grant Crawford at 612-626-6383.
Midwest Student Exchange Program Access Navigator gets makeover
MHEC recently completed a renovation of the Midwest Student Exchange Program's Access Navigator (http://msep.mhec.org) to provide students easier access to information about reduced tuition through the MSEP. Additionally, students will find current enrollment, tuition and an estimated tuition rate through this program for each participating institution. Questions about MSEP may be directed to Jennifer Dahlquist, director of student access, at 612-626-1602.
Public Agenda to assist MHEC with "Difficult Dialogues" component of policy summit
MHEC is pleased to announce that Public Agenda will lead the Difficult Dialogues component of the Compact's annual policy summit, which is to be held November 17-18 in Minneapolis. The two-fold mission of Public Agenda a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and civic engagement organization based in New York, is to help American leaders better understand the publicís point of view and to help citizens know more about critical policy issues in order to make thoughtful, informed decisions. Public Agenda works directly with communities, government agencies and other organizations to improve their ability to engage in honest dialogue and develop strategies for addressing difficult problems.
Difficult Dialogues will be the centerpiece of MHECís policy summit - The Imperative to Expand Postsecondary Opportunities While Controlling Costs - which is part of MHEC's contribution to Lumina Foundation's Making Opportunity Affordable initiative. The dialogues will engage a diverse range of stakeholders in groups of 12-15 participants in honest conversation about the need for new strategies to expand significantly the pool of human capital necessary for states and the region to remain vibrant and economically competitive. MHEC will work with Public Agenda to develop and facilitate the dialogue process, and also to debrief and analyze the dialogues with the aim of assisting states and institutions with the redesign of policies and practices to advance and accelerate a productivity agenda.
Registration for the policy summit is available online at www.mhec.org/registration. Questions should be directed to Chris Rasmussen at email@example.com or 612-625-2431.
Nebraska commissioners meet
President Larry Isaak, and staff met with Nebraska commissioners and guests in Lincoln on September 15. The group reviewed Nebraska policy indicators, information on program participation, and discussed current issues developing in Nebraska.
Christopher Rasmussen, MHEC's vice president for research and policy analysis, along with Gina Johnson, MHEC's data analyst and research associate, presented the results of MHEC's nationwide survey assessing the actions taken by colleges and universities to improve campus safety and security in response to the tragic events at Virginia Tech in April 2007 at the 63rd annual meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. The final report, The Ripple Effect of Virginia Tech: Assessing the Nationwide Impact on Campus Safety and Security Policy and Practice, is available online. For a detailed recap of the meeting and specifically the campus safety session (page 5), link to Stateline Midwest's August 2008 issue.