VHEC was first formed in 1944 when the Governor of Vermont formed a committee to propose strategies for making higher education accessible to Veterans and other underrepresented students. Noting the value of collaborative conversations, the members of VHEC continued to meet long after the Governor's request, becoming a nonprofit in 1973. In 1991, VHEC began to support a group of admissions counselors who were working together to market Vermont as a destination for higher education. The Consortium of Vermont Colleges continues to support these collective efforts while also providing professional development to staff members from campuses across the state.
2015 marked a significant and exciting transition for VHEC as we became an umbrella organization for multiple collective efforts. We welcomed Vermont Campus Compact (a consortium focused on campus-community
engagement) as a hosted program; we also welcomed the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network and the Vermont Career Counselors Consortium as supported networks. We continue to host the Consortium of Vermont Colleges and are re-vamping the role of our Data Committee to a more intentional Institutional Research Network.