The Coordinating Commission's executive director, Marshall Hill, testified before the Legislature's Education Committee on Monday about three bills that would affect Nebraska higher education:
Programs for Nebraska teachers wanting to sharpen their skills and improve their subject knowledge were given a financial boost recently thanks to federal grants awarded for teaching-improvement courses and workshops.
Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education administers the Improving Teacher Quality grants, which fund projects designed to improve teachers' content knowledge and professional skills. The Coordinating Commission approved the funds at its Jan. 20 meeting.
The Coordinating Commission at its Dec. 9 meeting approved its 2010 Biennial Report. This report, required by statute, provides an "insider's view" of the Commission during the past two years.
The Commission uses this report to spotlight its activities and accomplishments during the previous biennium, and how those relate to the Commission's overarching goals and mission.
Among the report's highlights:
(Update: The Commission at its January 20 meeting approved National American University's application.)
National American University of Rapid City, S.D., has applied to offer numerous degree programs in the state of Nebraska.
Commentary by Marshall A. Hill, Executive Director, Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Nebraska fares well in many measures of educational attainment. But we are leaving too many students behind, among them students who have demonstrated considerable interest and capability.
The Coordinating Commission's associate director, Carna Pfeil, and its research coordinator, Barbara McCuen, presented at the annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference, held Oct. 11 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Their presentation was titled "Statewide Analysis and Implications of Increasing Numbers of Women at Nebraska Colleges and Universities." Among the findings presented by Pfeil and McCuen:
The Coordinating Commission at its Oct. 14 meeting approved recommendations for the 2011-13 operating budget and capital construction requests submitted by the state's public colleges and universities.
The Coordinating Commission at its Thursday meeting will vote on recommendations for the 2011-13 operating budget and capital construction requests submitted by the state's public colleges and universities.
The Commission provides these recommendations biennially as required by the state’s constitution and statutes. The purpose is to provide the Governor and Legislature with objective analysis and recommendations regarding the operating budget and capital construction requests made by Nebraska’s state university system, state college system, and community colleges.
The Coordinating Commission has issued a request for proposals for the 2010-11 Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) state grants.
The Coordinating Commission recently released Sections A and C of “A Factual Look at Higher Education in Nebraska,” an annual report that includes information from the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys.
Every college, university and technical/vocational institution that participates in federal student financial aid programs must complete the IPEDS surveys, which gather information on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid.