October e-News

Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:26

Estimated $123M Savings for MHEC Member States in FY 2017

Annually, MHEC calculates savings for its member states from MHEC services. The FY 2017 estimate shows a total of over $123 million in savings for citizens and entities in MHEC's 12-member states. In these most recent savings, MHEC has included savings from the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement in the totals. Download the 2016-17 savings.


MHEC Will Host Annual Commission Meeting and Policy Forum on Affordability this November

MHEC commissioners will convene November 13-14, in Overland Park, Kansas, where Commission Chair Richard Short (KS) will preside over the meeting. After opening remarks, MHEC will feature Kansas' active role in MHEC's Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit featuring the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State University, and Army University. In addition to the MHEC business meeting, MHEC will also hear updates from the Council of State Governments-Midwest Office, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

This year’s policy forum will examine the challenge of improving investments in higher education, as well as how college savings, curricular pathways, and technology can reduce college costs. MHEC's College Affordability Research Initiative has been a productive collaboration with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. Dr. John C. Burkhardt, the founding director of the National Forum, will be the opening keynote. Following Dr. Burkhardt’s remarks, there will be two panels of distinguished experts.

The full agenda and registration are available on the MHEC website. If you have any further questions about the meeting logistics, please contact Katie Chock at (612) 677-2760.


Connect with MHEC at EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Attendees of the EDUCAUSE annual conference in Philadelphia will have an opportunity to connect with members of the MHEC team, October 31 – November 3. Ken Ries, MHEC chief information officer, and Nathan Sorensen, MHEC director of government contracts, will host members of MHEC's Technologies Committee, and other interested technology experts, and procurement officers at a MHEC breakfast on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00 a.m. in conjunction with the EDUCAUSE 2017 conference. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Should you be attending EDUCAUSE and want to learn more about MHEC's Technologies Committee and their work, please register and plan to join them for this conversation. For more information contact Mr. Sorensen at 612-677-2767.

MHEC Staff and Commissioner News

Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts, presented Framing the Challenges with Sofware Licensing in Higher Education at the NAEP Great Plains conference on October 4.
Larry Isaak, president, will present to the North Dakota Higher Education Committee on state performance funding models on November 1.
Devinder Malhotra (MN)



November 1: Breakfast with MHEC at EDUCAUSE
November 13-14: MHEC Annual Meeting and Policy Forum, Overland Park, KS


February 28-March 2: Technologies Committee Annual Meeting
March 7-9: REGISTRATION OPEN 20th Annual Loss Control Workshop

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.