SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) was appointed yesterday to the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, a group of lawmakers and higher education leaders who share ideas and resources to make high-quality college education more affordable.
"As a legislator, I'm deeply involved in improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of higher education in Illinois," said Frerichs, who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee. "I look forward to learning from my colleagues in other states as we address the common challenge of expanding opportunities and maintaining competitive programs on tight budgets."
MHEC focuses on regional collaboration in the areas of student access, cost savings and policy research. Founded in 1991 through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact ratified by legislatures in 12 states, it is governed by a 60-member council, with five members appointed from each state. Frerichs, appointed by Senate President John Cullerton, succeeds outgoing MHEC member and retired state senator Edward Maloney.
"I'm excited about meeting with other members of the Commission, sharing my perspective on higher education and bringing back sound research and innovative approaches to Illinois," Frerichs said.