Posts Categorized: Economy

Promises, Promises: Exploring Free College in New England

Free college policies—commonly known as "Promise" programs—are important promoters of equity in higher education. Some specific elements help ensure these free college programs truly encourage equity, especially for students from low-income backgrounds. These elements include: providing financial support beyond the costs of tuition and fees, supporting adult learners and undocumented students,...

College Towns, Jobs, Mental Health: More Data Connection

Number of New England communities among WalletHub’s top 50 Best & Worst College Towns & Cities: 2  WalletHub 2022's Best College Towns & Cities in America (Based on indicators of academic, social and economic growth potential, ranging from cost of living to the quality of higher education to the crime rate. The New England communities are Storrs, Conn. at No. 18 and Cambridge, Mass....

Grappling with Public College Pricing in a Covid World: NEBHE’s 2020-21 Tuition and Fees Report

In the 2020-21 academic year, the U.S. and New England saw a decline in higher education enrollment as students and families reckoned with job losses and the economic turmoil created by the coronavirus pandemic. NEBHE’s recent report Published Tuition and Fees at Public Colleges and Universities in New England 2020-2021 unveils data about the ways that institutions tried to make college more ...

A Recap of the 2021 State Legislative Sessions in New England: Higher Ed and Workforce Development

Amid a lingering pandemic, a surprise merger proposal and strong efforts to make college free or debt-free, the 2021 legislative session in New England was one for the books. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s state legislative sessions ... Sexual misconduct and assault Lawmakers in Connecticut and Massachusetts passed legislation focused on college campus ...

Data Connection: Demography, Economy and Sports

Rank of Massachusetts among U.S. states in Haitian population: 3rd U.S. Census Bureau (Florida ranks #1, New York ranks #2) Rank of Connecticut among U.S. states in Haitian population: 7th U.S. Census Bureau Amount women nationally earn for every dollar earned by the average white, non-Hispanic man: $0.82 National Women’s Law Center Amount women make in Vermont, the state with the narrowest...

Learning, All Grown Up

Key takeaways from data on adult learners in New England ... Educational opportunities for those age 25 and older allow people already in the workforce to improve their skills, employment opportunities and wages in ways that they may not otherwise be able to. Changing economic conditions, which increasingly limit opportunities to those with postsecondary degrees, mean that the incentives ...

NEBHE Announces Expansion of the New England Transfer Guarantee to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), supported by an eight-month planning grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and the Teagle Foundation, is slated to begin scaling the New England Transfer Guarantee (the Guarantee) to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont this month. The northern expansion of the Guarantee is an extension of the current initiative, which was implemented in bo...

E Pluribus Unum: Some Facts and Figures from the NEJHE Beat

Women as a percentage of medical school students nationwide in 1978: 24% The New England Journal of Medicine In 2019: 51% The New England Journal of Medicine Black males as a percentage of medical students nationwide in 1978: 3.1% The New England Journal of Medicine In 2019: 2.9% The New England Journal of Medicine Percentage of graduating medical students in who reported perceivin...

“See” You There?

A few upcoming free events of interest ... virtually speaking ... Teale Lecture Series of the University of Connecticut: Dr. Robert Bullard, The Quest For Environmental and Climate Justice Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University, who has often been described as the...

This Session, New England Legislators Made the Sausage in the Shadow of COVID

New England’s state lawmakers in 2020 sessions focused almost exclusively to COVID-19-related legislation and state budget concerns. In 2021, COVID-19-related legislation continues to be a major focus, but other issues are also taking center stage. These include: Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities HB.6227 (Connecticut): Would establish a task force to identify high-growth, high-...