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.

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 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.

With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NCHEMS has produced a major policy paper on the reform of regional accreditation.

Cost Model

NCHEMS has developed a cost tool related to developing competency-based education programs for institutions, with support from the Lumina Foundation. This cost model is designed to
help institutional leaders unpack the activities, costs, and revenue related to starting and maintaining CBE programs.
You may download the cost models in Microsoft Excel format as a blank worksheet and a sample.