Midwestern Higher Education Compact

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Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Motto "Advancing Higher Education Through Cooperation"
Formation 1991
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota
Website www.mhec.org

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is a regional interstate compact devoted to advancing cooperation and resource sharing in higher education. The member states of the Compact are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.[1]

The Compact is one of four regional compacts in the United States dedicated to advancing higher education.

MHEC is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The compact seeks to achieve its mission in higher education through initiatives in cost savings, student access, and policy research. In these three areas, MHEC attempts to reduce administrative costs, encourage student access, facilitate public policy analysis and information analysis, increase regional academic cooperation, promote educational programs, and encourage innovation in the field of higher education.


The MHEC Executive Committee is the MHEC's governing body. Each of the member states appoint five commissioners to the executive committee. These commissioners consist of the governor or the governor's designee, a member of each chamber of the state legislature, and two at-large members, one of whom must come from post-secondary education.

MHEC is funded through appropriations from each of its member states and through foundation grants. It is designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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