Policy & Research

MHEC’s higher education policy initiatives and research seek to advance institutional and state efforts in improving postsecondary policies, practices, and outcomes. MHEC supports the work of commissioners, state legislators and agency staff, institutional and system leaders, and the broader community of higher education administrators and researchers in several ways:

  1. Maintaining a national repository of knowledge and best practices for guiding policy and practice.
  2. Conducting applied research and analysis on critical topics in higher education.
  3. Developing innovative approaches to improve educational opportunity and effectiveness.
  4. Providing public outreach and service to institutions and governments.
  5. Convening thought leaders on important higher education issues facing MHEC member states and the region.

To bridge the gap between research and practice, MHEC’s approach is actively shaped by feedback from diverse stakeholders. Experts across the region and nation along with members of MHEC’s technical review panels and advisory groups help ensure the validity, integrity, and utility of policy and research products.