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February 2, 2009 - Higher Education Vice Chancellor Appointed to SHEEO Board

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Dr. Houston Davis, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, was recently appointed to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) State Policy Resource Connection (SPRC) Board of Advisors.

SHEEO recently received a grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education for its project Moving the Agenda for Access and Excellence in Higher Education: Essential Information for State Policy Leadership and Support. Over the next three years, SHEEO will work with state higher education coordinating boards to develop more effective analytical tools for addressing postsecondary access, success and cost-effectiveness issues through the SPRC.

“Congratulations to Dr. Davis on his appointment,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “His knowledge and experience in higher education will make him a truly invaluable contributor to such a noteworthy board.”

“I am truly honored to serve on this advisory board,” said Davis. “Once completed, this project will help not only the State Regents office but also the coordinating boards in other states to better understand the public policy challenges and develop more informed policy and initiatives to respond to those challenges."

As envisioned, SPRC will provide data resources and analytic tools in core areas such as student preparation for and success in college, workforce needs and educational outcomes, higher education finance, and postsecondary contributions to research and innovation. Institutional, sector and state comparisons will be possible. The policy tools and other resources developed through the project will be available to all 50 states.

“The objective is to put into place a versatile intelligence system providing the data resources and tools necessary to ‘power’ better-informed, more strategically focused state policy initiatives in higher education,” stated SHEEO president, Paul Lingenfelter. “States will be able to focus on the knowledge contained in available data rather than the technical aspects associated with collecting and joining separate data sets.”

As a member of the advisory group, Davis will work to guide the system’s development. The group’s first task will be to review and prioritize the policy areas to be addressed through the SPRC system. Additionally SHEEO will fully implement the system through Web site resources that will enable state users to directly access the data and analytic tools. While building the system to its anticipated full capacity, SHEEO will provide members with analytical studies to illustrate its potential usefulness.

SPRC will enable SHEEO and its members to develop customized reports to examine state and national trends and progress in higher education. Such reports will focus on key policy areas including postsecondary access and success, funding and productivity, economic benefits and societal impacts, and other measures of national need and progress. This approach will allow states to see their own efforts in comparison to and as part of the larger national agenda for higher education.

SHEEO, the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing and coordinating boards for postsecondary education, works to assist its members and the states in developing and sustaining excellent systems of higher education.