Major Grant Awarded to MHEC for Accelerating Service member Transition to College and Career; North Dakota Joins Initiative

October 29, 2014


The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) was awarded a $900,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC), a 13-state initiative to identify policies and practices to help military service members, veterans, and their families to overcome barriers to access, participation, and completion of a postsecondary credential and entrance into the workforce. North Dakota is a member of the collaborative and MHEC. Committed volunteers from various state agencies, university systems, college campuses, and other organizations have been working together for nearly three years to move this initiative to the next level.

“This initiative began as a grassroots effort to recognize competencies acquired through military service and to put service members on an accelerated path toward a quality, postsecondary credential leading to a successful career,” stated Ken Sauer, senior associate commissioner and chief academic officer for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and co-leader of the initiative.

“What began as a few states working together has grown exponentially, and we now aspire to have all the states in the MHEC region serving veterans to the best of their ability. When we work with like-minded partners at the national level and in other states and regional compacts, we can better serve our men and women in uniform,” added Sauer.

“This initiative closely aligns with the university system’s goal of increasing participation in higher education in North Dakota through support of non-traditional students,” said Larry C. Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System. “We are proud to be joining together with states across our region to support our United States service members.”

Representatives from MHEC’s 12-state region plus Kentucky will be engaged from a variety of state, local, and national entities in the project over the course of the three-year initiative.

Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. Learn more at