March 2018 e-NEWS

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:10

Collectively, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact creates solutions that build higher education’s capacity to better serve individuals, institutions, and states by leveraging the region’s expertise, ideas, and experiences through multi-state: convening, programs, research, and contracts. These efforts drive the organization’s outcomes.


Sourcing Activity and Contract Highlights of MHEC Agreement with Oracle America, Inc. Featured in Upcoming Webinar

Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), will introduce MHEC's new agreement with Oracle America Inc. in a webinar on Tuesday, March 20. Register for MHEC Signs Agreement with Oracle: Sourcing Activity and Highlights where Mr. Sorensen will introduce MHEC's competitive sourcing event for hardware and administrative systems. The award includes discounts on Oracle's: programs, software license and support, hardware, hardware and systems support, training, consulting services, cloud services, and managed cloud services.

Learn more about the contract terms and user eligibility. As well, an Oracle representative will highlight the agreement structure, products and services, how to order, and access to the agreement.
The agreed upon discounts are available to all MHEC member states. Eligible entities include public and not-for-profit colleges and universities. The contract is also available to these same entities of MHEC's sister compacts: the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Additional contract details and eligibility can be found on the MHECtech website, or contact Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, at (612) 677-2767.



Master Property Program Discusses Renewal at Annual All Insured Members Meeting

On March 7, renewal discussions for MHEC’s Master Property Program (MPP) were held at the All Insured Members Annual Meeting. Currently, the program insures over $94.8 billion in total insured values at 170 campuses in 17 states within MHEC, the 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.

Tom Clayton, director of Insurance and Risk Management for Johnson County Community College in Kansas, was recognized by MHEC President Larry Isaak for his two years of service (2015-17) as chair of the MPP Leadership Committee.
For additional information about the Master Property Program, please contact Carla Ahrens, property program manager, at 573-634-7161.


State Visits

MHEC President Larry Isaak along with MHEC Chair Tim Flakoll, and MHEC Director of Communications and Marketing Mary Roberson will visit Ohio on March 21. MHEC's 2017 Higher Education in Focus will be shared along with Ohio's progress and participation in MHEC convenings, programs, research, and contracts.

Second Midwest Renewable Electricity Workshop to be Held at Loyola University

On May 16, MHEC will convene Midwestern concurrent enrollment stakeholders who will have the opportunity to collaborate with national experts and each other to address issues of teacher credentialing and teacher supply for concurrent enrollment courses offered in Midwestern states. The summit will immediately follow the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (NACEP) meeting. NACEP is the sole national accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships and works to ensure that college courses taught by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus.

For additional information about the summit or this effort, please contact Jenny Parks, director of innovation, at 612-677-2779.

IT and Procurement Professionals Gathered for Annual Technologies Committee Meeting

The theme of MHEC's Technologies Committee this year was Equity and Equality: Diversity in Tech. Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., was the keynote speaker offering thought-provoking conversation on examining organizational structure. The committee was engaged in the future of technology, education, and innovation as it pertains to MHEC’s strategic plan. Discussion helped inform MHEC and advisory group activities which led into state-breakout discussions on how MHEC might better serve its constituents.
In MHEC's post survey, one anonymous participant responded about the biggest benefit of the meeting, "Networking opportunities and the opportunity to think about large, strategic problems facing higher education IT and IT procurement."
Andrew Buker, director of Infrastructure Services and Research Computing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, was recognized for his work on two contracts. MHEC signed addendums as the result of two separate competitively bid solicitations by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) one for Alcatel-Lucent with Dice Communications, Inc., and the other for CommVault with Arrow Electronics. The MHEC addendums extend UNO’s award to other eligible entities in the state of Nebraska and the Midwestern region.
Tim Smith, chief information officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, and Ruth Ginzberg, senior IT procurement officer for the University of Wisconsin System, were acknowledged for their years of service as their terms ended on the Technologies Executive Committee. Two additional people were recognized for their long-term completion of service on the committee: David Hopper, associate professor of Instructional Technology for Spring Arbor University in Michigan (19 years), and Warren Wilson, chief information officer for Black Hills State University in South Dakota (10-years).
For additional information about the annual meeting or the Technologies Committee, please contact Ken Ries, chief information officer, at 612-287-5131.

Property Program Campuses Gather for 20th Year of Loss Control Workshop

On March 8-9, institutional representatives of the Master Property Program participated in the 20th Annual Loss Control Workshop. Over 170 attendees represented the professional areas of risk management; facilities; public safety; finance; and environmental, health, and safety.
This year’s sessions included preparing for catastrophic events, navigating a major loss, experiencing an active shooter incident, preparing a campus to be StormReady, managing large gatherings on campus, and recovering library services, spaces, and collections to name several of the sessions. More information on the full schedule and presentations are available at
The workshop is supported by service providers of the program: AIG, Belfor, BMS CAT, Captive Resources, Crawford and Company, Duff and Phelps, Global Risk Consultants, Hartford Steam Boiler, Marsh, and Zurich.
For additional information about the Master Property Program or the workshop, please contact Carla Ahrens, property program manager, at 573-634-7161.

Property Program Campuses Gather for 20th Year of Loss Control Workshop

The Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) hosted State Approving Agencies? What's that? on February 20. The ins and outs of State Approving Agencies were explained as well as their responsibilities and how and why institutions should partner with them.
On March 14, Let COOL be your compass: Mapping military occupations to civilian credentials, took a detailed look at the military Services’ Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) programs, and how over 1,200 civilian credentials have been mapped from military occupations.
For additional information about these webinars or other upcoming MCMC webinars see Please contact Sara Appel, MCMC manager, at 765-586-6512 with any additional questions.


March 20: [Webinar] MHEC Signs Agreement with Oracle: Sourcing Activity and Highlights
April 18: [Webinar] Save-the-date for a discussion with Credential Engine
May 3-4: MCMC Annual Meeting
May 16: Midwestern Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Credential Summit
June 3-4: MHEC Executive Committee Meeting



Commissioner Appointments

None at this time.

MHEC Team Updates

Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, presented Framing the Challenges with Software Licensing in Education at BrainStorm Conference on Tuesday, March 6.
Sara Appel, manager of the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC),  attended two invitational meetings sponsored by the American Legion. On Wednesday, February 28, the presentation was on DoD SkillBridge Profiles in Success, and on Thursday, March 1, The Future of Veteran and Servicemember Education Symposium which addressed the Higher Education and Prosper Act. She will be presenting Awarding Applicable Credit for Military Service: Collaboration is Crucial! at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers annual meeting on Monday, March 26.
Ken Ries, chief information officer, attended the Regional Higher Education IT Leader Forum at Augustana University on Wednesday, March 14.



Midwestern Affordability Series: New Research Brief Available

The latest research brief in MHEC's affordability series is now available. Understanding State Loan Forgiveness and Conditional Grant Programs, examines state aid programs that link student loans and grants with service and work requirements in high-need areas. Dr. Mark Wiederspan, assistant professor at Arizona State University who authored the brief, highlights the attributes of these programs and provides a 50-state description of their prevalence. Nearly 80% of service-contingent aid programs target teaching and healthcare occupations, though less than 5% of state financial aid budgets supported these types of programs. Dr. Wiederspan concludes that “studies on service-contingent programs find that these programs do help in recruiting individuals to work in high-need areas.” Download the research brief.

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.