Legislatively created, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) purpose is to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. MHEC fulfills its statutory responsibilities by working with the Compact member states to create solutions that build higher education’s capacity to better serve individuals, institutions, and states by leveraging the region’s resources, expertise, ideas, and experiences through multi-state: convening, programs, research, and contracts. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Member state obligations, program and contract fees, and foundation grants finance MHEC activities and support the organization's work to increase regional collaboration and achieve outcomes that could not be realized by institutions and systems acting independently.
MHEC is a 501(c)3 located in downtown Minneapolis.
The opening statement in the statute enacted into law in the twelve member states of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) states:
"The purpose of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact shall be to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region, with the aim of furthering regional access to, research in and choice of higher education for the citizens residing in the several states which are parties to this Compact."