January 2018 e-NEWS

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:40

Isaak to retire from Midwestern Higher Education Compact presidency

Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) President Larry Isaak announced on Monday his plan to retire as MHEC’s president, effective November 16, 2018.
"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as the Compact’s president for nearly 15 years. I will leave MHEC knowing it is a vibrant organization offering a vast array of value-added services for its constituents. We look forward to new adventures and spending more time with family and friends,” said Isaak of himself and his wife, Ruth. “Any successes during my time as president are due to a tremendous staff, engaged and supportive governing commissioners from each of the twelve member states, and the hundreds of individuals from institutions and state government who have provided leadership on MHEC’s services.” READ FULL NEWS RELEASE.


Conversations soon to explore creative software and content creation tools

MHEC is in the early stages of exploring an initiative related to creative software and content creation tools, and the importance of making creative tools available as well as to address barriers to acquisitioning and licensing. MHEC looks to convene faculty, faculty administration, technologists, and procurement specialists for an initial conversation. Suggested contacts may be sent to Ken Ries, chief information officer, at 612-677-2770, preferably by January 16. Once an interest group has been identified, an initial call will be established to introduce the topic further.

MHEC renews contract for research and advisory services

MHEC has renewed the Info-Tech Research Group contract for research and advisory memberships, best practice development programs, and consulting services through December 31, 2018. The one-year renewal has the option for two additional one-year renewals. Eligible entities in the MHEC region include colleges, universities, K‐12 districts and schools, cities, states and local government. The contract is also available to these same entities of MHEC's sister compacts in the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Access the list of available contracts, or for more information contact Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, at 612-677-2767.

MHEC co-hosts Midwest Renewable Energy Workshop, more planned

On Thursday, over 40 representatives from institutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa gathered at the University of Minnesota where MHEC co-hosted a renewable energy workshop. The workshop was led by Second Nature and focused on how institutions can join together on large-scale renewable energy purchases and aggregate demand across institutions in order to achieve their economic and environmental goals. In attendance were college and university staff responsible for sustainability and energy procurement. MHEC looks to model similar workshops in other cities within the Midwest as institutions look for ways to lower their energy procurement costs while achieving set renewable energy goals. Many campuses are still challenged to meet these goals due to cost and complexity, and MHEC looks to establish an energy initiative incorporating these institutional goals. In addition to Second Nature, MHEC is collaborating with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and a group of higher education institutions. For additional information about the workshops or this effort, please contact Rob Trembath, vice president and general counsel, at 612-677-2763.


Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit announces annual meeting dates, partial program open to outside MCMC region

The Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) Steering Committee and MCMC knowledge communities will hold their annual meeting on May 3-4. Thanks to a generous grant from Strada Education, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) will be able to open up part of the MCMC Annual Meeting (Thursday evening and all-day Friday) to additional attendees outside of the MCMC-state region. Representatives from higher education institutions or organizations (public and private, not-for-profit) that are interested in attending, may confirm participation by registering today! Space is limited and registration will be capped. This meeting offers a rare opportunity to share information and best practices that strengthens what is currently being done and to continue positively impacting the higher education environment for the servicemember. Questions about the meeting or MCMC, may be directed to Sara Appel, MCMC Manager, at 765-586-6512.


MHEC Commissioner, Committee, and Staff News

Today, President Larry Isaak will present on higher education governance models at North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's Task Force for Higher Education Governance.
President Isaak along with Vice President and General Counsel Rob Trembath will begin state visits next week starting in Kansas on January 16. While in Kansas, Isaak will present at the Kansas Workforce Summit on January 17. They will then travel to South Dakota on January 24. Isaak will be joined by Vice President Jennifer Dahlquist for the Missouri state visit on January 29. MHEC's 2017 Higher Education in Focus will be shared and each state's progress and participation in convenings, programs, research, and contracts will be discussed.

MHEC in the News

In effort to expand reach and draw students, more colleges offer in-state tuition to nonresidents
Omaha World Herald | January 11, 2017



January 16-17: Kansas State Visit
January 24: South Dakota State Visit
January 25: [WEBINAR] Institutional Research for Military Connected Student Success
January  29: Missouri State Visit
February 20: [WEBINAR] State Approving Agencies? What's that?
February 28-March 2: Technologies Committee Annual Meeting
March 7-9: 20th Annual Loss Control Workshop
May 3-4: MCMC Annual Meeting

MHEC's Strategic Themes

The 2017-2021 MHEC Strategic 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.