SLED Contract Spotlight on The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)

While it’s a niche contract, it has the potential to reach into all but three states

By Jessica Wilhelm, Contract Specialist, immixGroup

It’s often the “biggest” and “broadest” contract vehicles that gain the most attention in the public sector. And with good reason, as organizations with limited time and resources often find many opportunities in such contract vehicles. However,  the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, or MHEC, (Midwestern Higher Education Compact IT Security Services Contract, while being a niche contract, is worth examining.  It is unique and worth considering for those organizations that are searching for SLED opportunities.  

It is one of four regional interstate compacts in the United States. The three other compacts are the New England Board of Higher Education, or NEBHE( Home | New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB (Southern Regional Education Board, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, or WICHE (Home – WICHE). If mutually advantageous, MHEC’s contracts may be extended to these compacts and their members, providing the potential to reach the education channel in all but three states.

MHEC is a legislatively established interstate compact with broad contracting authority. It serves as a lead public agency on behalf of the member states in collaboration with a committee of subject-matter experts. This means that MHEC has been built into legislative policies that govern procurement for those eligible members.

The administrative fee is reinvested with the respective Compact organizations. This reinvestment helps states reinvest in IT and with people.

With changes on the horizon in higher education, having access to this type of contract vehicle will uniquely position immixGroup and its partners to meet the needs of an increasingly technology-driven educational landscape.  We will explore some of the changes in upcoming blog posts.

To learn more about this distinctive contract including scope, term, and current manufacturer offerings, visit

For a high-level overview of MHEC, check out this helpful infographic on their website 02-INTERIM-MHECtech-infographic-02-07-2018

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About Jessica Wilhelm
Jessica Wilhelm is a contract specialist at immixGroup. In that role she supports and manages the lifecycle of state, local and education (SLED) contracts and serves as a resource to immixGroup’s channel partners. Her previous professional experience includes human resources management, project management and real estate/property management.

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