About

VISION:

MHEC members collaborate to address the region’s most pressing challenges in higher education and transform educational opportunities so that people and communities thrive.

MISSION:

MHEC brings together midwestern states to develop and support best practices, collaborative efforts, and cost-sharing opportunities. Through these efforts it works to ensure strong, equitable postsecondary educational opportunities and outcomes for all.

WHO MHEC SERVES:

MHEC is comprised of member states from the midwestern United States. MHEC works with and for a variety of stakeholders within and across member states, including higher education system leaders, state policymakers, legislators, and institutional leaders, while always maintaining a focus on students and their success.

HOW MHEC WORKS:

MHEC’s strategic approach highlights member states’ strong desire for collaboration, effectiveness, and efficiency. MHEC believes that collaborative actions informed by research and best practices are the catalyst for improving quality, accessibility, relevance, and affordability of postsecondary educational opportunities. MHEC does this primarily through the following approaches: convenings, programs, research, and cost-savings contracts. Increasingly, MHEC looks to leverage these approaches in conjunction with each other to serve its strategic priorities.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY 1:

Increase access, promote affordability, and improve outcomes for all of the region’s learners, including the historically underserved.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY 2:

Foster a culture of continuous learning through increasingly aligned educational and workforce systems.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY 3:

Sustain and advance affordable, high-quality educational opportunities through cost-savings initiatives.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY 4:

Understand and communicate the value of and return on investment in higher education.

MHEC is a 501(c)3 entity statutorily-created in each of its member states which include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. MHEC's office is headquartered in Minneapolis.