ERIC Number: ED354843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Higher Education in the Midwest: The Course of Interstate Cooperation. A Report.
Foster, Laura Kliewer
In order to strengthen midwestern higher education, and despite two previously unsuccessful attempts, the possibility of pursuing regional cooperation in higher education through a higher education compact among the midwestern states is once more being explored. This report seeks to facilitate the decision making process by providing background information on compacts, other regions' higher education cooperation experience, and the state of higher education in the Midwest. An introductory section offers initial arguments for looking at ways to bolster regional education including recent and continuing budget cuts and social changes. A subsequent section examines a similar arrangement, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), describing level of participation, benefits of the arrangement, and programs sponsored by the WICHE. This section also briefly compares WICHE to other regional agreements in the Southern and New England states, particularly in the areas of funding, representation, number of states needed to ratify the compact, and legislative provisions. The next section analyzes the history and theory of interstate compacts particularly in higher education. This section covers the scope of higher education compacts, noting that they have the force of statutory law though they do not infringe on the powers of the individual states to control higher education. A section on the condition of higher education in the Midwest evaluates economic difficulties, their effect on funding for higher education, and state and institutional responses to the fiscal crisis. An appendix contains the text of the Western Regional Education Compact. (JB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Financial Exigency, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, State Agencies, State Colleges, State Universities
Midwestern Legislative Conference, 641 East Butterfield Road, Suite 401, Lombard, IL 60148-5651 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lombard, IL. Midwestern Legislative Conference.