General Operating Procedures

  1. The Commission of the compacting states must formally approve, as described in the bylaws, each MHEC program before it is started.

  2. Programs shall relate primarily to or affect postsecondary education (public, proprietary, or private) including basic college or university programs (technical, professional, and graduate), and other forms of education for persons beyond high school age--such as continuing education, vocational training, and nontraditional programs that permit people to return to the learning process at any time in their lives.

  3. Programs will be initiated in response to demonstrated or defined needs in more than one of the midwestern states.

  4. Problems addressed by MHEC programs must be best solved through interstate cooperation. (Occasional single-state requests for services will be met, staff resources permitting.)

  5. MHEC programs will address the needs and perspectives of all constituencies in the midwestern region, with particular regard to those groups that historically have been under-represented in postsecondary education.

  6. Programs are initiated only after determining that MHEC can appropriately provide the service.

  7. The primary beneficiaries of each program must be within the MHEC region and they must have signified their desire for MHEC services.

  8. MHEC will cooperate with states, agencies, organizations, or individuals outside the region if such out-of-region cooperation is for the benefit of states and citizens in the region.

  9. All MHEC programs will be evaluated regularly and systematically, and the results will be made public.

  10. Any and all programs selected by the Commission shall be adopted in accordance with the bylaws of the Commission.