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August 4, 2022

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SHEEO recognizes Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota State with Exceptional Agency Award

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) and Minnesota State have been jointly recognized by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) with the Exceptional Agency Award for strong partnerships implementing grant programs that eliminate financial barriers, expand access to postsecondary education, and strengthen the workforce pipeline. This marks the first time that SHEEO has presented an award jointly to two organizations.

"I appreciate the close working partnership OHE has with Minnesota State," said Dennis Olson, OHE commissioner. “This recognition is the result of critical investments in higher education made under Governor Tim Walz, as well as the incredible leadership of Chancellor Malhotra at Minnesota State. Our office can always rely on Minnesota State to step up at a moment’s notice to help spearhead new initiatives and grant programs. Together, we are working to support the whole student, from providing transportation and housing assistance to mental health supports to grants and scholarships that make it possible for anyone to enroll in postsecondary education. To have this work, and specifically our partnership, honored in this way is very humbling. Thank you for this recognition.”

The strong partnership between OHE and Minnesota State plays a critical role in expanding access to postsecondary education for Minnesotans and strengthening the workforce pipeline. Minnesota State often takes a lead role in implementing new grant programs that break down financial barriers for students. Recent successful partnerships include the Next Generation Nursing Assistant initiative and the Minnesota Future Together grants, programs made possible by an investment of American Recovery Plan funds. Click to read the full news release.

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U.S. Department of Education proposes amendments to Title IX regulations

The U.S. Department of Education released proposed changes to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) regulations that help schools and colleges implement this vital civil rights legislation. The proposed amendments aim to ensure full protection under Title IX for students, teachers, and employees from all forms of sex discrimination, including sex-based harassment and sexual violence, in federally funded elementary schools, secondary schools, and postsecondary institutions.

These proposed regulations will advance Title IX’s goal of ensuring that no person experiences sex discrimination in education, that all students receive appropriate support as needed to access equal educational opportunities, and that school procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of sex discrimination, including sex-based harassment and sexual violence, are fair to all involved. Click here to read more about the proposed changes.

60-Day Public Comment Period Open:

The public is invited to share their thoughts on the proposed changes to Title IX. Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov (Search register identification number 2022-13734) or click here for a direct link to submit a formal comment. The comment period will close on September 12, 2022.

Please note: The Office of Higher Education does not interpret the changes or make inferences of the effects of the proposed changes. 


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