The Value of Health Insurance for Students in Higher Education

A brief from State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota This brief presents existing research and current thinking about the value of health insurance for the students in higher education. Access to health insurance is a public health issue. Health and wellness are key elements in maintaining student productivity and success, and students need access to high quality health coverage at a reasonable price. Colleges and universities need to be accountable to this issue for the sake of their students, and also for their communities that bear the burden of caring for the uninsured. It is also important for our member institutions to take the charge to address these issues, leading our nation toward a future of good health and productivity.

Average Tuition and Required Fees: A Comparison of Public Colleges and Universities in the Midwest and Beyond

Trends in State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid: A Comparison of Grant Aid in Midwestern States

Average Faculty Salaries: A Comparison of Public and Private Institutions by Midwestern State

Promising Practices: What Works in the Midwest (January 2010)

New Approaches to Improving College Access, Persistence, and Success: Three Exemplary Postsecondary Opportunity Programs, A report from the Wisconsin Center for Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) and the MHEC Promising Practices Series This report was written by staff from the WISCAPE at the University of Wisconsin–Madison: Policy Analyst Elizabeth Stransky Vaade and Project Assistants J. Edward Connery and Bo McCready. The report formed the basis for their presentation at the MHEC Policy Summit on November 9, 2009, in Fargo, ND. Please direct any comments about the report or requests for additional information to Chris Rasmussen, vice president for research and policy analysis, at

A Midwestern Perspective on the National Report Card 2002 to 2008

Measuring Up is the fifth report in a biennial series of reports produced by the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education. Founded in 1998, the National Center is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that remains unaffiliated with any government agency or postsecondary institution. Its purpose is to promote policies that increase opportunities for Americans to receive postsecondary education. The purpose of Measuring Up is to evaluate state and national progress in providing education beyond a high school diploma through the bachelor’s degree. Doing so allows each state to make comparisons nationally. States are evaluated in five areas: preparation for college, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits. The report is created to provide policymakers and the public with non- partisan information about state progress in higher education.

Difficult Dialogues Rewarding Solutions Strategies to Expand Postsecondary Opportunities While Controlling Costs

This report from Public Agenda is a summary of the process and outcomes of the “Difficult Dialogues” that took place in November 2008 at the 4th annual policy summit of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC).

The Ripple Effect of Virginia Tech: Assessing the Nationwide Impact on Campus Safety and Security Policy and Practice

This report is the result of a nationwide survey conducted in March 2008 of student life officers and campus safety directors to assess the impact of the tragic events at Virginia Tech on campus safety and security policy and practice.

Promising Practices: What Works in the Midwest (March 2008)

The Role of Context and Transferability in Learning from Promising Practices This report was written by Dr. Barbara Bolin and is based on her presentation at the capstone summit of the Midwestern Education to Workforce Policy Initiative held in Des Moines, Iowa, in November 2007. Selected photos are from Ferris State University, which has authorized their use. Please direct any comments about the report or requests for additional information to Chris Rasmussen, MHEC director of policy research, at

Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Midwestern Edition

Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006 - Midwestern Edition is based on data collected for the fourth annual national report on the state of online education in U.S. higher education. Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the College Board, the report, based on responses from over 2,200 colleges and universities, examines the nature and extent of online learning among U.S. higher education institutions.

Feeling the Heat: The Impact of Rising Energy Costs on Colleges & Universities in the Midwest

This report is the result of a survey conducted in late 2005 of higher education institution chief financial officers throughout the region concerning their plans to manage what was expected to be a substantial increase in the price of energy—in particular natural gas—in advance of the 2005-06 heating season.