April 2018 e-NEWS

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:35

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.


Entities in all four higher education compacts can utilize MHEC's technology contracts

A recent memorandum of understanding with the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) opened up eligibility to public and not-for-profit colleges and universities; K-12 districts and schools; cities, counties, and local subdivisions, and state government in NEBHE member states to utilize MHEC's technology contracts.
Entities in the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states have been eligible for some time.
Learn more about the contract terms and user eligibility for MHEC, NEBHE, SREB, and WICHE states by viewing the contract listing on our website.
Contact Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, with additional questions at (612) 677-2767.



Institutions use Midwest Student Exchange Program to increase enrollments

Nearly 100 colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each other’s citizens at more affordable rates.
The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.
For more information download the 2016-17 Enrollment Data and/or the MSEP Infographic.
For additional information about the Midwest Student Exchange Program, please contact Sara Appel at (765) 586-6512.1.


State Visits

President Larry Isaak along with Vice President Rob Trembath, and Meeting and Event Manager Katie Chock will visit Illinois on April 18, and Isaak and Trembath will visit Michigan on May 9. MHEC's 2017 Higher Education in Focus will be shared along with the respective states' progress and participation in MHEC convenings, programs, research, and contracts.

Registration Still Open: MHEC to Host Midwestern Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Credential Summit

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.

MCMC Webinar

The Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) will host Credential Engine - Pulling credentials and transparency into one roundhouse on April 18 at 1:00 CT. The credentialing marketplace is an expanding and confusing maze. Unclear credentialing information makes it hard for education systems to communicate their graduates’ knowledge and skills to other institutions, employers, and even to students. The result is missed connections and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom as well as an increased difficulty for students to effectively identify and navigate the path that is right for them. For additional information about these webinars or other upcoming MCMC webinars see http://www.mhec.org/mcmc-webinars. Please contact Sara Appel, MCMC manager, at 765-586-6512 with any additional questions.


April 18: [Webinar] Credential Engine - Pulling credentials and transparency into one roundhouse
May 3-4: MCMC Annual Meeting
May 16: Midwestern Concurrent Enrollment Teacher Credential Summit
June 3-4: MHEC Executive Committee Meeting
June 5: Save-the-Date Large-Scale Renewable Electricity Workshop at Case Western Reserve University (OH)



Commissioner Appointments

None at this time.

MHEC Team Updates

Sara Appel, MCMC manager, presented Awarding Applicable Credit for Military Service: Collaboration is Crucial! at the 104th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers conference on March 26.
Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, attended the Alliance Conference March 25-28. The conference attendance includes over 3,500 Oracle application users, where he could discuss the benefits of MHEC’s new contract with Oracle. He also recently attended the SAS Global Forum on April 8-10, to learn more about SAS software and connect with attendees regarding MHEC's contract with SAS for statistical software. On April 11, Sorensen presented, at the annual National Association of Education Procurement (NAEP) conference, on the challenges in software licensing in education. March 6.
Jenny Parks, director of innovation, co-presented the session SARA: We're Past the "Easy Stuff " at the annual conference of the Higher Learning Commission on April 9.

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.