September e-News

Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:39

MCMC Success: Salina Area Technical College Collaborates with Kansas National Guard on Synchronous Training

OOn September 15, the Board of Trustees at Salina Area Technical College (SATC) in Kansas signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kansas National Guard, forming a partnership to provide service members completing the 91E - Allied Trade Specialist training at the Kansas Regional Training Institute the opportunity to earn Synchronous Training and Academic Credit.

The intent of this partnership, a model which may well be the first of its kind, is to provide academic credit for service men and women while they are still serving, thus providing promotion potential and cohesive academic credits to a purposeful and industry-relevant degree.

“My involvement in the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) at the state and national levels have provided me the opportunity to work with bridge creation,” said Stephani Johns-Hines, vice president of instruction for SATC, who has been working closely on this SATC initiative. “MCMC has provided me the opportunity for a great deal of networking and communication with contacts in other states. Those contacts and conversations kept me continually thinking about how academic credit might be offered more quickly here in Kansas.”

If you have any questions about the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit, please contact Sara Appel, project coordinator, at 765-586-6512.

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 strategic IT procurement officer, 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 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 will preside over the meeting. After opening remarks, MHEC will feature Kansas' active role in MHEC's Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit. 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 financial literacy, curricular pathways, and technology can reduce college costs. 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.


Tuition Control Policies: A Challenging Approach to College Affordability

As college affordability has become a growing concern, more states are taking actions to limit how much public colleges and universities can increase tuition and fees. These efforts fall into three main areas: appointing governing board members who oppose tuition increases, campaigns to pressure colleges to slow increases without taking formal legislative action, and explicit limits on tuition and/or fee increases. The brief, Tuition Control Policies: A Challenging Approach to College Affordability, details how often they are used and the body of research on whether they are effective in achieving their ultimate goal. The brief concludes with three Midwestern states’ tuition and fee policies presented as examples before offering recommendations for policymakers to consider when adopting tuition controls. Questions or comments may be directed to Dr. Aaron S. Horn, director for policy research, at 612-677-2768.


[WEBINAR]: Forever GI Bill - Your Questions Answered

MHEC will host Will Hubbard, vice president of government affairs at Student Veterans of America (SVA), on Thursday, September 21, at 1:00 p.m. CT. for the webinar: Forever GI Bill - Your Questions Answered. Mr. Hubbard will provide a brief background on how the Forever GI Bill (the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017), came to fruition and highlight some of the major components. SVA offers a section-by-section analysis of the legislation. Register here for the webinar. It was signed into law on August 16.

If you have any questions about the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit, please contact Sara Appel, project coordinator, at 765-586-6512.

Staff and Commissioner News

Nathan Sorensen, MHEC strategic IT procurement officer, recently attended the NIGP Forum on August 27-30; he provided contract training at the Synnex Red, White, and You...On the Road conference on September 13-15; and will participate in this week's SAS Analytics Experience 2017. 

Jenny Parks, M-SARA director, and Emily Jacobson, M-SARA coordinator, participated in the NC-SARA Annual State Meeting 2017 on September 6-8.

Adam Lofquist, MHEC program development and marketing associate, co-presented Demographics and Discounting: The Impact of Interstate Education Compacts on Out-of-State Tuition and Enrollments at the National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference on September 16.

Carla Ahrens, property program manager, is attending the State Risk Management Insurance Association conference September 17-21.

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Datebook 2017

September 21: [WEBINAR] Forever GI Bill - Your Questions Answered
November 1: Breakfast with MHEC at EDUCAUSE
November 13-14: MHEC Annual Meeting and Policy Forum, Overland Park, KS

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.