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.
|May 17, 2011
MHEC Executive Committee set to meet in St. Louis
At the biannual meeting June 9-10 in St. Louis, executive committee members of MHEC will engage in discussions about MHEC programs and initiatives. The Executive Committee meeting will also feature panelists from Missouri: Dr. Rusty Monhollon, assistant commissioner for academic affairs for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, who will present information on academic program review; Dr. Karen Weston, assistant professor of education from Columbia College, will share information on the THRIVE grant; and Ms. Jean McCann, vice president of instruction for East Central College, will speak about the developmental education placement score benchmarks for Missouri community colleges. The commissioners will also welcome former U.S. Senator John C. Danforth, a former ambassador to the United Nations, who will speak about Trends in Politics and Political Discourse. Two additional programs on the agenda include: Dr. Jimmy Clarke, HCM Strategists, who will discuss his role with Lumina Foundation for Education and the Productivity Strategy Labs which provides "real-time" response and peer-based resources to state policymakers desiring to effect policy change to increase postsecondary productivity. Russ Poulin, deputy director, research and analysis, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), will discuss state regulation of providers for distance learning.
The executive committee is comprised of two commissioners from each state and all states are expected to be represented for the June meeting.
Call for programs addressing college readiness
Planning has begun for the 2011 policy summit in Iowa City, where the focus will be on college readiness. Programs or initiatives from the MHEC region that address the issue of college readiness in one or more of three fundamental issues - academic, financial, and non-cognitive - will be featured. If you know of a promising practice in the region that is improving college readiness, please contact Amber Cameron, MHEC research associate, at 612-625-4368.
In April, a group of stakeholders met in Iowa City to begin initial planning for the summit; MHEC will continue to consult with this group throughout the planning process. The policy summit will be held at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel November 14-15 following MHEC’s Annual Commission Meeting.
MHEC state visit completed in Michigan
In Lansing on April 26, Interim President Lana Oleen and MHEC staff met with members of the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, the governor's director of appointments, MHEC commissioners, and were joined for the commissioners' dinner by legislative leaders, former Michigan commissioners, and MHEC program and advisory committee members. The state's participation in MHEC programs and services were highlighted in presentations by Ms. Oleen and Pam Schutt, deputy and director of state relations.
On May 17, Ms. Oleen and Ms. Schutt will be joined by MHEC President Larry Isaak as they make their way to Springfield, Illinois, and on May 24 to Columbus, Ohio. Questions or suggestions for future state visits may be directed to Pam Schutt at 612-626-1066.
Michigan State Visit (L to R, top): Interim MHEC President Lana Oleen and Dr. Conway Jeffress, MHEC commissioner and president of Schoolcraft College; Mr. Michael Hansen, president of the Michigan Community College Association, and Dr. David Eisler, MHEC commissioner and president of Ferris State University, and Rep. Robert Genetski, a MHEC commissioner; Dr. Brittany Affolter-Caine, guest, and Dr. Michael Boulus, MHEC commissioner alternate and the executive director for the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan; (L to R, bottom): Dr. David Hopper, associate professor of instructional technology and a MHEC Technologies Committee member; Dr. Patricia Farrell, director of university outreach and policy research for the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan; and Mr. John Rathje, director of applications support and development for Central Michigan University and a MHEC Technologies Committee member; Dr. Eisler and Sen. Darwin Booher, chair of the Community College Appropriations Subcommittee; and Mr. Edward Blews, a MHEC commissioner alternate and the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan and Former Sen. Michael Goschka, a former MHEC commissioner.
Regional report features MHEC as a key collaborator
MHEC recently obtained a copy of the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan report, Collaborating for Success: Advancing Public Higher Education Through Cooperation, which features MHEC as one of the organizations working with the state to reduce cost efficiencies.