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All Aboard at Gateway: CC to Lay Track with Associate Degree in Railroad Engineering Technology

Gateway Community College (GCC) looks to go full speed ahead this spring with a new associate degree in railroad engineering technology (RET), the first of its kind offered by an institution of higher education in the Northeast.Metro-North Commuter Railroad approached GCC more than a year ago to find ways to enhance the education of current Metro-North employees who are eligible for tuition assist...

Foundations Should Bring Equity to Education, National Report Says

Only a small fraction of the billions of dollars that foundations grant annually for education goes toward the specific needs of lower-income and vulnerable students, according to a study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog.The committee's new report Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education calls on foundations to address the root cause...

Report Shines Light on 21st Century Skills Needed for Success

The Rennie Center released A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life which calls attention to the need for 21st century skills in today’s classrooms.The report, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, summarizes a survey of Massachusetts district and school leaders coupled with their opinions on the importance of 21st century skills....

NE Campuses Wearing Green on 2011 College Sustainability Report Card

The College Sustainability Report Card 2011 is out today, revealing the profiles of 322 schools and their sustainability policies. The fifth edition of the report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute assesses 52 indicators, ranging from green initiatives to recycling programs, and uses an A to F letter-grading system to evaluate different colleges and universities nationwide.Some New England ca...

Average Student Loan Debt Grows by 6%; NE Hit Especially Hard

Average student loan debt grew to an average of $24,000 per student in the Class of 2009, up 6% over the Class of 2008, according to the latest national report from The Project on Student Debt.The report is especially worrisome for New England where all six states have higher student debts levels than the national average. New Hampshire had the second highest debt load in the nation behind Washing...

Colleges Consider Freezing Charges

Do you feel a chill? Recently, the trustees of the Connecticut State University System decided not to raise tuition and fees. This decision marks the first time in a decade that tuition and fees have not increased within the four-school system.“It would be awesome. It is kind of expensive enough now,” says Sara Perran, a student at Central Connecticut State University.Connecticut is no...

Youth Involved in Maine Gov Debate

The Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education is organizing the Prepare Maine Gubernatorial Forum. Sponsored by WABI-TV5, the televised forum will be held at Bangor High School on Wednesday, Oct 27, at 7 p.m. The forum will provide opportunity for candidates to share their platforms on education, workforce development and Maine’s economic future.Prepare Maine looks to ensure that all young...

Nellie Mae Education Foundation Seeks Consultant to Further Work in Proficiency-Based Pathways

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation posted an RFQ to its website for a consultant/consulting team to help guide its Proficiency-Based Pathways project.The project aims to: deepen the foundation’s understanding of the emerging sector of proficiency-based education systems; and support the development of quality proficiency-based pathways to high school graduation and beyond. Proficiency-bas...

New Nat’l Report Details College Admission Trends

Most colleges reported an increase in student applications for fall 2009 admission, while 29% reported decreases (the largest proportion since 1996), according to the 2010 State of College Admission report released Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).The share of applicants offered admission at four-year institutions was 67%  for the fall 2009 adm...

Free Tuition: An Idea That’s Still Green

More than 100 Green Party candidates nationwide called for a “Green New Deal” that includes making  tuition free at public universities. It's not the first time. California public campuses charged no tuition (but increasing fees) for state residents for decades. in 2003, Preston H. Smith II of Mount Holyoke College and Sharon Szymanski of The Labor Institute wrote a piece for the  journal...