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Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

ACE application goes completely online

Applying for the Access College Early (ACE) scholarship is now even easier.

The Coordinating Commission, which administers the program, has converted the ACE application from a manual to a completely online process. Participating students, guidance counselors and college representatives can access the new application from the main ACE page on the commission website.

The commission awards more than 2,000 ACE scholarship awards annually to low-income Nebraska high-school students who enroll in courses at Nebraska’s eligible colleges and universities.

Commission saves taxpayers millions through capital construction review process

The Coordinating Commission typically saves Nebraska taxpayers millions of dollars a year by reviewing capital construction projects at the state's public postsecondary institutions.

The Nebraska Constitution requires the commission to review, monitor and approve or disapprove capital construction projects that use more than $2 million in tax funds to construct facilities, or more than $85,000 per year in tax funds to operate and maintain. Disapproved projects cannot receive state funds for construction or ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Burke High principal joins Coordinating Commission

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed a new commissioner, Dr. Deborah A. Frison, to the state's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).

As one of 11 commissioners, Frison will work with CCPE staff to fulfill the commission's many duties, which are spelled out in both the state's Constitution and in statute. Frison represents District 2, which covers north Omaha.

Nearly $15 million awarded to needy students through Nebraska Opportunity Grant

The Coordinating Commission awarded nearly $15 million to more than 15,000 needy college students last year as part of the Nebraska Opportunity Grant program.

The state of Nebraska provides the Nebraska Opportunity Grant - formerly the Nebraska State Grant - to students who meet certain qualifications.  Qualifications include being a Nebraska resident, attending a Nebraska postsecondary institution, and having a minimum Expected Family Income (EFC) as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

ACE Plus program kicks off second academic cycle

The Coordinating Commission is now accepting applications for the 2012 ACE Plus Scholarship Program. ACE Plus scholarships are available to full-time, first-year and second-year college students who received an Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship in high school.

The ACE Plus Scholarship was developed by the Coordinating Commission to encourage former ACE students to attend college full time. It's funded by the federal College Access Challenge Grant. The ACE Plus program first awarded scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. In that first year:

Commission approves dual enrollment/career academy report

The Coordinating Commission at its Dec. 8 meeting approved the LB Dual Enrollment and Career Academy Study.

LB 637 directed the commission to study the need for uniform policies and practices regarding dual-enrollment courses and career academies in Nebraska, as well as to examine other opportunities for Nebraska high-school students to earn college credit, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs.

Full Commission to consider dual enrollment/career academy report

The Coordinating Commission at its Dec. 8 meeting will vote on adopting the LB 637 Dual Enrollment and Career Academy Report, produced by Commission staff. The Commission's Planning and Public Information Committee has already reviewed the report and will recommend approval to the full Commission.

The report is available for review on the Commission's website, as is more information about LB 637 and the dual enrollment/career academy study.