The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a private nonprofit (501)(c)(3) organization whose mission is to improve strategic decision making in higher education for states and institutions in the United States and abroad.

The NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (The Information Center) provides state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions. The Information Center is a comprehensive "one-stop-shop" for state-level higher education data and information, and a leader in coordinating the collection of missing data and information that are crucial for higher education policy analysis.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), set out to investigate the college-completion agenda that is based on the investigate the premise that higher education produces both private and public financial benefits and thereby encourages economic prosperity.  The project estimated the monetary returns the United States as a whole and each of the 50 states would experience as a result of increasing the numbers of college graduates they produce. The profiles for all 50 states and for the United States are available for download.