2016-17 MSEP Enrollment Data

This report covers 2016-17 enrollment data for the Midwestern Student Exchange Program (MSEP). The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) offers reduced tuition rates to students in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. *Ohio will begin participating in the 2017-18 academic year. Since 1994, MHEC has been providing more affordable educational opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions at reduced costs. MSEP serves as the Midwest’s largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Nearly 100 campuses from the participating states have opened their doors to students at reduced rates. Public institutions enrolling students under the program agree to charge no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate while private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

Estimated 2016-17 Cost Savings and Cumulative Cost Savings

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. This brief 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.

A Review of College Promise Programs: Evidence from the Midwest

College promise or tuition-free college programs are becoming increasingly popular, and there is evidence that these programs can be effective under the right conditions. In this brief, the body of research is detailed on the effects of three well-known college promise programs in the Midwest before discussing some of the key questions that policymakers and funders must consider when designing promise programs.

The Relative Effectiveness of Traditional and Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs: A Review of Recent Research

This brief seeks to inform policies on teacher preparation by reviewing research on the effects of teacher certification and preparation programs in relation to student performance and teacher outcomes.

  • Traditional teacher preparation generally refers to a four- or five-year undergraduate program at a postsecondary institution. Alternative preparation programs, such as Teach for America (TFA), provide expedited pathways to licensure in order to rapidly increase the number of available teachers in a state.
  • Traditional teacher preparation consistently yields better instructional knowledge, self-efficacy, and teacher retention than alternative preparation across all levels of schooling, except kindergarten. 
  • Studies comparing alternative and traditional teacher preparation programs have yielded mixed results in relation to student achievement. Some studies revealed that less selective alternative preparation programs were either substantially less effective or slightly less effective than traditional programs. However, other studies demonstrated that alternative and traditional preparation programs are equally effective in Texas and New York, and some studies indicated that TFA, a highly selective program, is more effective in improving math and science scores compared to traditional preparation.
  • Taking into account the findings of both teacher and student outcomes research, a cautious approach to policy would minimize reliance on alternative preparation programs to meet teacher workforce demands.