February e-News

Posted: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 12:04

MHEC renews contracts for software and services

MHEC has renewed the Corel Software contract for creative software offerings in design, print, media, and web through February 1, 2018. The one-year renewal, has the option for three additional one-year terms. MHEC also renewed with Oracle to extend the agreement through June 30, of this year, while the Higher Education Information Technology Solutions (HEITS) Workgroup concludes their RFP process for Complex Hybrid Administrative Systems. Finally, MHEC has renewed  the Parchment contract for transcript processing and transfer services through January 28, 2018. The one-year renewal, has the option for three additional one-year terms. Together these three contracts resulted in nearly $4.5 million in savings to MHEC member states and students in FY 2016.
Eligible entities in the MHEC region include colleges, universities, K‐12 districts and schools, cities, states and local government. Download the technology contracts summary for all contracts and to determine eligiblility with MHEC's sister compacts, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. For more information about this contract or others, contact Nathan Sorensen, strategic IT procurement officer, at 612-677-2767.

Knocking at the College Door, Data and Implications for the Midwestern Region

Knocking at the College Door, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s (WICHE) projections of high school graduates, shows that the Midwest faces steady declines in the total number of graduates in the coming years. Most of the decline in the region comes from a rapidly contracting White youth population that is not offset by robust increases in the number of non-White graduates. Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio have generated about 48 percent of the region’s graduates in recent years and are a driving force of the projected trends in the Midwest. On March 2, at 2:30 p.m. CT, hear from one of the authors of Knocking at the College Door about how the changing demographics facing the Midwest could affect K-12 enrollments, college demand and access, workforce trends, and state and institutional decision-making. Joining the author will be Olga Volokhova, data team manager in the Business and Workforce Studies for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Eric Lichtenberger, deputy director of Information Management and Research at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. REGISTER HERE

Webcasts Available for MCMC and SARA initiatives

On Tuesday the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) offered The Ins and Outs of ACE Military Evaluations webinar. Hosted by the MCMC's Articulation of Academic Credit Work Group, it included an in-depth discussion with Michele Spires, director of Military Programs of the American Council on Education (ACE), and Tracy Moshier, an ACE Faculty Reviewer from Lake Superior College, in Duluth, MN. Together they provided a better understanding of the integrity and rigor of the ACE evaluations process. VIEW THE WEBCAST
On Wednesday the Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement hosted a webinar on Website Improvements for M-SARA Institutions. Sue Ann Hochberg from The University of Toledo (OH) offered many examples of the types of information that participating SARA institutions find useful to provide on their websites. A website checklist was also provided. Betsy Talbot, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, offered details on the complaint process. VIEW THE WEBCAST

Staff and Commissioner News

February has been filled with continued outreach to our member states and the welcoming of new commissioners. President Larry Isaak was joined by MHEC officers: Chair Richard Short (KS) and Vice Chair Tim Flakoll (ND) at some of the state visits along with Pam Schutt, MHEC director of state relations. MHEC emphasizes the progress of all initiatives and is discussing the College Affordability Research Initiative. MHEC traveled to Iowa on February 8-9, and Indiana on February 13-14. They will visit Nebraska on February 23-24; and Minnesota on February 28. If you would like more information about these state visits, please contact Ms. Schutt at 612-677-2764.

Photos from these visits may be viewed on MHEC's Facebook and Flickr pages.

MHEC commissioner reappointments: Tim Flakoll (ND); Deb Shephard (SD); Sue Crawford (ND); Rick Kolowski (NE); Michelle Fischbach (MN); Sheila Harsdorf (WI); MHEC Commissioner New Appointments: Kyle Davison (ND); MHEC Commissioner Alternate New Appointments: Robert Lauf (ND); Wally Horn (IA); and James Davis (ND).



February 23-24: Nebraska State Visit
February 28: Minnesota State Visit
March 2: [Webinar] Knocking at the College Door, Data and Implications for the Midwestern Region
March 24: [Webinar] The Student Veteran Certification Reengineering Partnership
March 1-3: Technologies Committee Meeting
March 9-10: MPP Loss Control Workshop

MHEC in the News

Vets earn college credit for military work | University Business Magazine| February 2017

MHEC's Strategic Priorities

•    Expand postsecondary opportunity and success.
•    Promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity.
•    Improve affordability to students and states.
•    Enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace.