Aims C. McGuinness Jr.
Aims McGuinness is a senior associate with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a private nonprofit policy center in Boulder, Colorado. At NCHEMS, he specializes in state governance and coordination of higher education; strategic planning and restructuring higher education systems; roles and responsibilities of public institutional and multi-campus system governing boards; and international comparison of education reform. Prior to joining NCHEMS in 1993, he was director of higher education policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Before joining ECS in 1975, he served as a congressional staff member and was executive assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System.
Over the past twenty years, McGuinness has advised many of the states that have conducted major studies of their higher education systems and undertaken higher education reforms. Major projects (all conducted through NCHEMS) in the past five years were in Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington State, and West Virginia. Issues addressed in these projects concerned developing a “public agenda” for the future of higher education, changing relationships between the state and higher education, state policies to address issues raised by the national report card on higher education, Measuring Up 2000/2002/2004/2006, and reform of community and technical college systems.