Founded in 1954, SHEEO is the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. With 61 members representing all 50 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, SHEEO’s purpose is to ensure the success of its members.
• Advocate for state policy leadership
• Serve as an expert liaison between states and the federal government
• Promote opportunities for learning from and collaborating with peers
• Provide high-standard information and analysis on educational and public policy issues
• Conduct research and policy analysis on current and emerging policy topics
• Provide targeted technical assistance based on member needs, including data analysis, trend analysis, workshops, briefings, multistate collaborations, and more
• Provide the premier state higher education policy learning and networking opportunities through the SHEEO Policy Conference and Annual Meeting
• Convene SHEEO members and other postsecondary leaders by invitation to learn and collaborate on specific topics of importance including current SHEEO projects (see below)
• Conduct member surveys and queries for which the findings are only distributed to SHEEO members
• The State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) Report is the annual study of state higher education finance. SHEF is the go-to resource for data and analysis of state and local funding, net tuition, enrollment trends, and degrees for policymakers, researchers, and the media.
• Through the Communities of Practice project, SHEEO plans to conduct a new iteration of its Strong Foundations survey to understand the “state of state postsecondary data,” make the findings of the Strong Foundation survey easily accessible on a new interactive website, and provide a forum for states to work on solutions to common issues with their data systems. Teams from eight state (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) participated in the most recent convening.
• With the Capacity Building project, SHEEO will engage in a strategic evaluation and planning process to assess its direction, ensure efficient service to its members, and develop a strategy for future action.
• Through the Adult Promise project, SHEEO is working with four states (Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Washington) to design and implement promise-type programs for adult students. These programs will offer the promise of free college tuition and fees for a specific subset of students in each state.
• SHEEO is working to strengthen the state role in ensuring the quality of higher education credentials by facilitating better collaboration and communication among U.S. Department of Education staff, accreditors, and state regulators.
• With the Project Pipeline Repair effort, SHEEO is partnering with four southern states (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to increase the number of underrepresented male teachers. The project will support the development and implementation of academic enrichment opportunities in order to prepare underrepresented male high school juniors and seniors for success in a postsecondary educator preparation program.
• The Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC) is a partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research to assess student learning. Institutions in five states (Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island) submit samples of student work that is evaluated by faculty scorers using select VALUE rubrics such as written communication, quantitative literacy, and critical thinking.
• The State Imperative: Aligning Tuition Policies with Strategies for Affordability is the eighth SHEEO report on the policies and procedures governing tuition and fee rate setting and financial aid at the state level.
• A Federal-State Partnership for True College Affordability proposes a new federal-state partnership designed to meet affordability thresholds for low-income students, including adult and part-time students.
• Data-Informed Policy Innovations in Tennessee and Coordinating Data Governance in Washington are part of a series of reports on the effective use of state postsecondary data systems.