MHEC Initiatives Highlighted During Annual Meeting, Discussion Continues around College Affordability
New Officers Elected, State Compact Commitment Remains at $115K
Commissioners gathered in Overland Park, Kansas on November 13-14, for their Annual Commission Meeting and Policy Forum. Presiding over the meeting was Chair Richard Short, Kansas' governor's designee to the commission.
Commissioner Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, offered a welcome. The meeting began by featuring MHEC's Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit and successful work that has resulted in Kansas. Panelists were: Ms. Connie Beene, senior director of Adult and Career Technical Education for the Kansas Board of Regents, Dr. Sue Maes, emeritus dean of Continuing Education at the K-State Global Campus for Kansas State University, and Command Sergeant Major Micheal Clowser, chief accreditation officer for Army University.
During official business, the commission took action to accept the FY 2017 audit report, elected Commissioner Ken Sauer (IN) to vice chair and Commissioner Olivia Madison (IA) to treasurer, and confirmed MHEC member states' commitment to remain at $115,000 through FY 2021.
Staff offered additional Mission Moment updates throughout the meeting on the: Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, research and innovation, Master Property Program, technology initiatives, and the Midwest Student Exchange Program.
Mr. Mike McCabe, director of the Midwestern office of The Council of State Governments provided the "Midwest Regional Roundup" including 2017 session highlights, a 2018 legislative session preview, and a current economic and fiscal picture.
Commissioners were engaged in group discussions around each of MHEC's strategic themes and reported on the importance of each theme and innovative ways in which their state, system or institution might be addressing the themes.
Dr. Tom Harnisch, director of State Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, discussed "The Feds, the Future, What is Next in D.C.?"
On Tuesday, MHEC continued the discussion on college affordability in the Midwest. Through informative and provocative presentations, participants examined the challenge of improving investments in higher education, as well as how college savings, curricular pathways, and technology can reduce financial barriers to student success.
Upon conclusion of the meeting, Commissioner Richard Short (KS) handed over the gavel to Commissioner Tim Flakoll (ND) who assumed the position of commission chair for MHEC after being elected last fall and serving a term as vice chair (2016‐17), and a term as treasurer (2015‐16).
All presentations have been posted to the MHEC website. Photos from the meeting have been posted to the MHEC Facebook page.
MHEC Awards Presented at Annual Commission Meeting
During the evening event of MHEC's Annual Commission Meeting on Monday, November 13, commissioners and guests were welcomed to Johnson County Community College (JCCC) by President Joseph Sopcich, as well as JCCC trustees and employees.
Commissioners voted upon and awarded Dr. Rolf Wegenke (WI) with the Phillip Sirotkin Award for exemplary leadership in advancing Midwestern higher education through interstate cooperation. Dr. Wegenke is the president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and has served as a MHEC commissioner since 1995. Read more.
Dr. Sue Maes (KS), emeritus dean for Continuing Education at the K-State Global Campus for Kansas State University, was recognized with MHEC's Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Maes has served on multiple advisory committees for MHEC. Read more.
Commissioner Carol Zink (NE) was also recognized as an outgoing commissioner. Her term as member-at-large for Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education ends in January 2018.
Commission Chair Richard Short (KS) was also recognized for his service as chair. Short also served as the Compact's vice chair (2015-16), and treasurer (2014-15). Read more.
MHEC signs addendum with Arrow Electronics for Commvault software
MHEC has signed an addendum with Arrow Electronics for Commvault’s full line of software, maintenance, and training. Commvault offers industry-leading solutions that enable institutions to protect and use their data. This addendum is the result of a competitively bid solicitation by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). ARROW Electronics was awarded the competitively bid contract with UNO on August 10, 2016. MHEC’s addendum was effective on October 30, through June 30, 2019, and may be renewed with the option for three additional one‐year renewals. The agreed upon discounts are available to all eligible MHEC member states. Eligible entities 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, 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.
MHEC Welcomes Ohio Institutions to Property Insurance Program
Effective on November 1, 12 institutions of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) joined the MHEC Master Property Program (MPP). These are the first Ohio institutions to participate in the MPP. A representative of the OACC will also be offered a seat on the program's Leadership Committee, which oversees and shapes the program for the benefit of its participating MPP institutions. To learn more about the MPP contact Carla Ahrens, property program manager, at (573) 634‐7161.
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Two members of MHEC’s Technologies Committee were recently recognized at the 2017 CAUCUS IT Procurement Summit on November 7. Ruth Ginzburg, senior I.T. procurement specialist for the University of Wisconsin System and vice chair of the Technologies Committee, was awarded the "Roy Schleiden Member of the Year" for her contribution and commitment to the education community. Debra Kidwell, director of purchasing for Lincoln University (MO), received the "Jeff Rolsten Fab 5 – Fabulous One" award for her work on MHEC’s Technologies Committee Higher Education Information Technology Solutions (HEITs) initiative. MHEC congratulates both Ruth and Deb for their recognition and support for the Compact.
Nathan Sorensen, director of government contracts and Ken Ries, chief information officer, hosted a MHEC breakfast at EDUCAUSE on November 1. Over 40 representatives from Midwestern institutions attended the breakfast. The breakfast provided a networking opportunity and staff were able to share how MHEC contracts can benefit institutions. The MHECtech infographic details how MHEC engages the higher education and vendor community through collaboration to address some of the region's most pressing technology challenges. For more information on MHEC’s current contracts, visit www.mhectech.org/contracts.
Sara Appel, Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit manager, co-presented "Best Practices in Credentialing of Military Service Members" at the Institute Credentialing Excellence (ICE) conference on October 26. She also co-presented "Institutional Research for Military Connected Student Success" at the MidAIR Conference on November 9.
Jennifer Dahlquist, vice president, and Carla Ahrens, property program manager, attended the Marsh Consortia Summit on November 8-10, where there was an information exchange with other consortia programs and an opportunity to highlight the Master Property Program.
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.