Northwest Tech Area Board of Control member Dick Short was elected the vice chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) on November 16, during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Chicago. Larry Isaak, MHEC president said of Short, “MHEC is very appreciative of Dick’s support of the Compact and its work. His input as an officer and as the governor’s designee for Kansas is valuable.” Short was appointed a MHEC commissioner in 2011.
One benefit Northwest Kansas Technical College and Kansas as a whole receives by being affilitated with MHEC is the property insurance program that broadens property insurance coverage, reduces costs, and encourages improved asset protection strategies for colleges and universities. Another benefit is the e-transcript initiative that facilitates the transfer of student information in consistent formats between public and private high schools to public and private colleges and universities, as well as facilitate the transfer of student information among all participating postsecondary institutions.
One of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, MHEC is a nonprofit regional organization that assists the 12 member Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. The member states of MHEC have a combined enrollment of approximately 5 million students at public and private campuses.
The compact seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Additionally, MHEC aims to help member states leverage postsecondary education institutions and programs as strategic assets in advancing economic and community development and improving quality of life for the region’s citizens.
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Incoming executive officers for 2015-16 (left to right): Senator David Pearce (Missouri), Chair; Mr. Richard Short (Kansas), Vice Chair; and Senator Tim Flakoll (North Dakota), Treasurer.