Higher Education Research and Policy Analysis

MHEC’s approach to higher education research and policy analysis informs 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 expertise, 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 for to improve educational opportunity and effectiveness
  4. Providing public outreach and service to institutions and governments

MHEC produces and provides timely briefs, reports, and technical papers in the most critical areas for facilitating progress towards state educational attainment goals, including College Readiness; Affordability and Finance; Educational Quality; and Performance, Value, and Accountability and other relevant topics of importance to Midwestern states. Particular emphasis is placed on research that evaluates and informs efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. To bridge the gap between research and practice, the MHEC’s approach is actively shaped by feedback from diverse stakeholders. In addition, members of the Review Panel for State Postsecondary Data and Policy representing the perspective of MHEC states as well as other experts, help ensure the validity and integrity of data and research products.s.

REVIEW PANEL FOR POSTSECONDARY DATA AND POLICY
Sue Buth University of Wisconsin System Wisconsin
Jill Dannemiller Ohio Department of Higher Education Ohio
Tasha Dannenbring South Dakota Board of Regents South Dakota
Gary Evenson Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) Wisconsin
Cynthia Farrier Kansas Board of Regents Kansas
Meredith Fergus Minnesota Office of Higher Education Minnesota
Jill Heese Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education Nebraska
Jeremy Kintzel Missouri Department of Higher Education Missouri
Eric Lichtenberger Illinois Board of Higher Education Illinois
Robert Murphy Michigan Association of State Universities Michigan
Jason Pontius Board of Regents, State of Iowa Iowa
Sean Tierney Indiana Commission for Higher Education Indiana
Jennifer Weber North Dakota University System North Dakota
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MHEC-Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn

Associate Vice President of Research