MHEC Edition: Blueprint for College Readiness

The Blueprint for College Readiness features a first-of-its-kind analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. The document, written by the Education Commission for the States, has been tailored to the MHEC member states. It is designed to serve as a framework to help K-12 and higher education leaders conceptualize the various education reforms taking place in their states. It unites two driving forces in state and federal policymaking: Improving the college readiness of students preparing to graduate from high school and decreasing the need for remedial education and increasing the number of students who earn a degree or credential.

The Blueprint examines the following policy areas:
1. High School: College readiness standards, college readiness assessments, graduation requirements and accountability.
2. Higher Education: Statewide admissions standards, statewide remedial and placement policies, transfer and accountability.
3. Bridge: Statewide college and career readiness definition, and a data pipeline and process for reporting.

2013-14 MSEP Enrollment Data

This report covers 2013-14 enrollment data for the Midwestern Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) offers reduced tuition rates to students in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since 1994, MHEC has been providing more affordable educational opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions at reduced costs. MSEP serves as the Midwest’s largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Nearly 100 campuses from the participating states have opened their doors to students at reduced rates. Public institutions enrolling students under the program agree to charge no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate while private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

Maximizing Return on Educational Investment: Preserving Access, Promoting Completion, Protecting Quality

The 2014 policy summit examined efforts by states to support institutional innovation and maximize the return on investment of taxpayer dollars while preserving access, affordability, and quality of student outcomes. Through informative and provocative presentations, discussions, and an examination of innovative and promising practices, the 2014 MHEC policy summit addressed the following four themes: Outcomes-Based Funding and Other Institution-Focused Strategies; Leveraging Student Aid and other Student-Focused Incentives; Consumer Information and Reporting Systems; and Institutional Innovation to Reduce Cost and Advance Student Success.

View recorded Session: Rethinking College Affordability to Maximize States' ROI on Investment in Student Aid

The Traditional Approach to Developmental Education: Background and Effectiveness

This report seeks to portray some of the difficulties that arise in conceptualizing remedial success rates and determining the effectiveness of developmental programs. Research on the effectiveness of the traditional approach is summarized, focusing on the effects of remedial assignment, enrollment, and completion. Several policy implications are offered.