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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.

What Works

Access College Early (ACE) scholarships

The ACE scholarship program, administered by CCPE, awards scholarships to low-income high school students taking college courses. Eighty-two percent of ACE students from public high schools go on to college, compared to 72 percent of non-low-income students and 52 percent of low-income non-ACE recipients. Of the 1,894 ACE students in 2015-16, 76 percent earned a grade of B or better in their ACE-funded college course.

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