July e-News

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 07:10

MHEC introduces new logo and approves 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

The 2017-2021 MHEC Strategic Plan was discussed and approved at the MHEC Executive Committee Meeting on June 5. This plan launches MHEC into its next 25 years during a time when the region is dealing with a multitude of challenges that will drive every organization to provide innovative programs and services. The plan calls for the Compact to focus its efforts around four themes:

1. Shifting demographics - changing composition of the student body;
2. Evolving modes of packaging and delivering education;
3. Declining share of public investment in higher education; and
4. Desire for collaboration beyond the institution.

The commission also approved a new MHEC logo as part of the launch into the next 25 years. It is a streamlined design that builds upon MHEC's previous identity.


Ohio Department of Higher Education approves Midwest tuition reciprocity participation

In May, the Ohio Department of Higher Education approved participation in the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The program enables residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and now Ohio to enroll in designated institutions and programs at reduced tuition levels. The University of Akron, University of Rio Grande, and Cleveland State University have already signed on to participate. Nearly 90 campuses across the existing nine participating states will begin accepting Ohio residents under MSEP no later than the 2018-19 academic year. Actual start dates for Ohio participation may vary by campus. Read full news release.


Four institutions join property insurance program on 7/1

The MHEC Master Property Program (MPP) renewed on July 1, welcoming four new institutions to the Compact's premier property insurance program. Joining from Kansas were, Dodge City Community College, Pratt Community College and Allen Community College. Through MHEC’s collaboration with the other higher education compacts, MHEC also welcomed Colorado School of Mines. Participation in the program includes 88 member institutions, which equates to over 160 campuses with total insured values exceeding $93.4 billion.

“The MPP Leadership Committee strives to negotiate broad insurance coverage and services to meet the needs of higher education, at a very competitive cost," explained Ed Knollmeyer, AVP of Management Services at the University of Missouri System and current chair of the MPP Leadership Committee.

Marsh, the program administrator, reported a 4% rate decrease in Total Program Costs and coverage enhancements for the 7/1/17 policy. The primary layer of the program is currently underwritten by Lexington Insurance Company and Zurich which provides diversification in the portfolio of insurance partners. The program has generated more than $120 million in savings for the participating institutions since its inception.

For more information about the program, please contact Carla Ahrens, property program manager, at 573-634-7161.

Business officers invited to connect with MHEC during NACUBO Annual Meeting

MHEC is proud of its 26-year history as a higher education compact serving the Midwestern states. Attendees of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) can learn the benefits of collaboration and resource sharing through MHEC and how their peer institutions are utilizing MHEC programs and services at the upcoming conference July 29-August 1, in Minneapolis.
Three opportunities to connect:

* Connect with Larry Isaak, MHEC president, and Nathan Sorensen, MHEC strategic IT procurement officer, during the opening reception!
* Check out MHEC's booth (#904) during the scheduled exhibit hours.
* Join MHEC staff for breakfast on Monday, July 31, at 7:30 a.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 209AB. Register here.

For more information about MHEC at NACUBO, contact Mary Roberson, MHEC director of communications and marketing, at 612-677-2765.

Staff and Commissioner News

Jennifer Dahlquist, MHEC vice president, led a discussion with Midwest SHEEOs during the 64th SHEEO Annual Meeting on July 11.

Larry Isaak, MHEC president, provided an update at the Council of State Governments 72nd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference on July 12.

Sara Appel, MHEC project coordinator for the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit, was invited to Washington D.C. on July 12, by Student Veterans of America for a pre-screening of the upcoming documentary, Fail State, executively produced by Dan Rather. Appel also participated in a Forever GI Bill roundtable discussion, followed by the press conference where the Forever GI Bill (HR 3218) was introduced by Chairman Phi Roe, M.D.  and Ranking Member Tim Walz on July 13.

Nathan Sorensen, MHEC strategic IT procurement officer, presented on "The Values of State Contract Vehicles" on July 18, during the SYNNEX Red, White, and You...On the Road! conference. He is also attending the CIO Summit at the Campus Technology conference this week.

The Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) Annual Meeting was held July 17-19, with Jenny Parks, M-SARA director, and Emily Jacobson, M-SARA coordinator, leading the meetings with the M-SARA Regional Steering Committee and State Portal Entities.

Allen Andrews (MO), Barbara Ballard (KS) (alternate), David Eisler (MI), Marci Francisco (KS)

Karen Hunter Anderson (IL), Molly Baumgardner (KS) (alternate), Derrick R. Franck (IA), Greg Goode (IN),
Kevin Jones (KS),  Bill Pink (MI),  Jeff Raatz (IN), Tyler Sawher (MI)

Datebook 2017

July 31: Breakfast with MHEC at NACUBO
November 13-14: MHEC Annual Meeting and Policy Forum, Overland Park, KS