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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
  • Protecting Nebraska students who attend for-profit institutions in the state by administering the Guaranty Recovery Cash Fund
  • 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:

Adult Learners

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 high school graduation rates, college continuation rates, and college graduation rates for Nebraska students. Research published in the 2017 Nebraska Higher Education Progress Report shows the state's gap in educational attainment between whites and minorities is the second largest in the nation. In Nebraska, nearly 53 percent of 25- to 44-year-old whites have completed an associate's degree or higher. In comparison, only 26 percent of 25- to 44-year-old minorities have completed an associate's degree or higher. The net difference is an attainment gap of 26.3.

The Coordinating Commission has identified opportunities and strategies to address this issue and others in the Comprehensive Statewide Plan for Postsecondary Education.

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