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Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Originally formed in 1976, Nebraskans amended the state constitution in 1990 to create a new Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education with increased duties and responsibilities. Those duties and responsibilities now include:

  • Creating and putting into action a comprehensive statewide plan to guide Nebraska’s higher education system
  • Partnering with Legislators to develop innovative and results-driven higher education policy
  • Helping low-income Nebraska students attend college by awarding need-based financial aid and developing state financial aid strategy
  • Administering the Community College Gap Assistance Program, which offers financial aid to students who want to work in high-need fields
  • Ensuring the efficient use of taxpayer funds by approving or disapproving  postsecondary construction projects that rely on tax funds
  • Approving or disapproving academic programs based on specific criteria
  • Assembling and analyzing statewide data and publishing reports tied to the state’s higher education goals
  • Administering State appropriations to Nebraska’s six community colleges
  • Helping teachers and underserved populations through the administration of federal education grants
  • Saving Nebraska colleges and universities thousands of dollars through the administration of a nationwide distance learning agreement on behalf of the state.

Just the Facts

The Coordinating Commission produces a series of one-page fact sheets that offer an overview of various programs, topics and issues relevant to Nebraska higher education:

Coordinating Commission overview

Degrees and Enrollment

Nebraska's College Attainment

Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG)

Access College Early (ACE) grant program

Community College Gap Assistance Program


Did You Know?

The Coordinating Commission analyzes college continuation rates for Nebraska public high school graduates by race/ethnicity, gender, and student income status. By race/ethnicity, rates in 2013-14 ranged from 42.2% for Native Americans to 80.2% for Asian/Pacific Islanders. Among 24 subgroups, the highest college continuation rate was for non-low-income, black non-Hispanic female graduates – 84.3%.

Source: 2016 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report

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