March e-News

Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:49

Research Brief: State Higher Education Financing Models

State Higher Education Financing ModelsEarlier this month MHEC released its most recent research brief State Higher Education Financing Models as part of its current affordability research initiative. The brief explores some of the core dilemmas that states across the Midwest face in trying to make college affordable over the long run. Dr. Sandy Baum, senior fellow at the Urban Institute who authored the brief, highlights such issues as the year-to-year stability of funding, the balance between appropriations for institutions and student aid, the growing interest in tuition-free community colleges, and the allocation of funds across different types of public colleges and universities.

Dr. Baum also contributed to MHEC's policy forum on College Affordability this past November. Correspondence concerning this brief should be sent to Aaron Horn, director for policy research.

MCMC Webinar March 24, Learn How to Improve Veterans Compliance Reporting

Next Friday MHEC's Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) will host the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) in the webinar The Student Veteran Certification Reengineering Partnership at 1:00 p.m. CT. Doug Falk, vice president and chief information officer at NSC, will explore the Veterans Compliance Reporting Re-Engineering Proposal which addresses an opportunity to convert today’s manual and labor-intensive veterans’ compliance reporting process into a streamlined solution that enables data to be submitted by the NSC, on behalf of educational institutions, directly into the VA-ONCE and VACERT systems operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
During the webinar, learn how this project can benefit your campus’ data collection on student servicemembers and veterans and help you monitor the impact of programs at your institution. Learn about ways in which you can express your support for this project and be included in beta testing. For more information about the MCMC contact Sara Appel, project coordinator at 765-586-6512.

Property Program Hosts 19th Loss Control Workshop

On March 9-10, institutional representatives of the Master Property Program participated in the 19th Annual Loss Control Workshop. Attendees represent the professional areas of risk management; facilities; public safety; finance; and environmental, health, and safety. This year’s sessions included fostering a safety culture on campus, complying with the Clery Act, emerging risks with international programs, understanding transgender communities, addressing common fire system failures, and managing the infectious disease risk on campus to name several. For more information on the full schedule and presentations available see
The workshop is supported by service providers of the program: AIG, Belfor, BMS CAT, Captive Resources, Crawford and Company, Global Risk Consultants, Hartford Steam Boiler, Marsh, and Zurich.  

Kansas attendees at MPP Loss Control WorkshopCurrently, the program insures over $92 billion in total insured values at 160 campuses in 16 states within the MHEC, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and the New England Board of Higher Education regions. Institutions from the Southern Regional Education Board are also eligible to participate.
Renewal discussions were also held with campus representatives of MHEC's property insurance program prior to the beginning of the workshop, on March 8. Tom Clayton, director of insurance and risk management for Johnson County Community College (KS) and chair of the Master Property Program Leadership Committee, presided over the meeting. PJ Kale, executive director of risk management for the University of Illinois, was acknowledged for chairing the MPP Underwriting and Marketing Subcommittee and for her service on the Leadership Committee as she prepares to retire.
Questions about the meeting may be directed to Carla Ahrens, property program manager, at 573-634-7161. Additional photos from both meetings may be viewed on MHEC's Facebook and Flickr pages.

Predicting the Future: How Changes in Technology and Education Will Impact Our Work

MHEC 2017 Annual Technologies CommitteeDavid Staley, associate professor and director of the Goldberg Center at The Ohio State University, addressed over 40 higher education chief information officers, technology experts, and information technology (IT) procurement professionals from across the Midwest during the annual meeting of MHEC’s Technologies Committee on March 1-3. Dr. Staley’s keynote address uncovered trends directly impacting technology and higher education. He encouraged attendees to also be cognizant of changes in the periphery of technology and higher education to prevent being blindsided as changes occur. Topics ranged from generational differences in learning, upcoming trends in learning and technology to the changing demographics and psychographics of current and future students. The underlying theme of all these trends was how they would impact higher education and how technology can be used to address those changes.
Following Dr. Staley’s presentation, the group reflected on trends highlighted in the EDUCAUSE's 2017 Top 10 IT Issues, the NMC Horizon Report, the Campus Computing Project, and other sources before launching into an idea generating forum. In the end, eight ideas were brought forward for additional research addressing issues related to student learning, security, administrative systems, and security.
Deb Kidwell, director of purchasing at Lincoln University (MO), was acknowledged for chairing the 2016 HEITS Data Management Needs Committee; and Ruth Ginzberg, senior IT procurement specialist for the University of Wisconsin System, who chaired the 2016 HEITS Complex Hybrid Administrative Systems Committee. Ms. Ginzberg also serves as vice chair of the Technologies Executive Committee. Also acknowledged for their service to the committee were Tom Erwin, chief information officer, Butler Community College (KS); and Joe Miragliotta, manager of Planning and Emerging Technology at College of DuPage (IL).
Questions about the meeting may be directed to Ken Ries, chief information officer, at 612-677-2770. Additional photos from the meeting may be viewed on MHEC's Facebook and Flickr pages.

Staff and Commissioner News

2017 Iowa State Visit - Tim Kraayenbrink and Jeff NelsenMarch state visits continue today in Illinois. President Larry Isaak will be joined by Rob Trembath, vice president and general counsel, as they meet with commissioners and MHEC supporters. MHEC officers: Chair Richard Short (KS) and Vice Chair Tim Flakoll (ND) will join on the Ohio state visit on March 22, along with Pam Schutt, MHEC director of state relations. MHEC emphasizes the progress of all initiatives and is discussing the College Affordability Research Initiative. If you would like more information about these state visits, please contact Ms. Schutt at 612-677-2764. contact Ms. Schutt. Photos from these visits may be viewed on MHEC's Facebook and Flickr pages.
Sara Appel, MCMC project coordinator, presented with Amy Sherman, associate vice president for innovation and policy for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, at the 2017 CCME Annual Symposium. Download their presentation at

MHEC new commissioner appointment: Tim Kraayenbrink (IA).


March 15: Illinois State Visit
March 22: Ohio State Visit
March 28: Wisconsin State Visit
April 26: Michigan State Visit
March 24: [Webinar] The Student Veteran Certification Reengineering Partnership

May 4-5: MCMC Annual Meeting
June 5-6: MHEC Executive Committee Meeting

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.