MHEC’s Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit and NCHEMS Collaborate on Competency-Based Education and Learning Research, funded by AIR

Minneapolis, Minn. – January 15, 2019 – MHEC is pleased to announce its receipt of grant funds from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for joint research with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) on a 13-state review of policies and implications of military transcript and experience review. This research project is part of the National Research Collaborative on Competency-Based Education and Learning at AIR.

“Policymakers should be very interested in the outcomes of this work,” stated Susan Heegaard, MHEC president. “With states varying in their development and implementation of policies related to higher education, especially as it relates to the review of military transcripts, this study is looking at what policies are in place, how they are interpreted by state agencies, and the impact these policies are having on the states.”

MHEC and NCHEMS are conducting interviews with state agencies and will follow-up with a survey to gain a better understanding of the interpretation of the state policies. MHEC and NCHEMS will summarize the relevant policies and detail the findings and perceived impacts on military-connected students with an intent to strengthen the understanding of competency-based education and learning.  

“NCHEMS is pleased to partner with MCMC on research to explore state policies for awarding of college credit for military training and experience. The funding and support allow us to explore and share this important topic with the higher education community,” said Gina Johnson, NCHEMS senior associate.
The summary of this work is anticipated this winter and will be available at MHEC looks forward to continued conversations on this important topic.

About MCMC
The mission of the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC) is to facilitate an interstate partnership of the 12 Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) states plus Kentucky, other states are welcome to join. MCMC works to translate competencies acquired by military-connected students and veterans through military training and experiences to college credentials that lead to employment in the civilian workforce. States exchange information and share best practices via knowledge communities in the areas of articulation of academic credit; communication and outreach; data, technology, and systems; and licensure and certification.

For more information about MHEC's work with MCMC, please contact Sara Appel, MCMC manager.

About MHEC
Legislatively created, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s purpose is to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. Collectively, MHEC creates 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.

Mary Roberson
MHEC Senior Director of Communications and Marketing