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Distance Education Boomed Last Year, Signaling New Era for Learning

The number of students who sought postsecondary education through exclusively distance modalities grew from a little over 3 million in 2019 to more than 5.8 million in 2020, according to a new report by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The “exclusively” qualifier refers to students who enrolled solely in programs via distance education, as disti...

A New Heart Man at Brown and the Skinny on Acadia

Comings and Goings ... Dr. Mukesh K. Jain, chief academic officer at University Hospitals health system in Cleveland and vice dean for medical sciences at Case Western Reserve University, was named dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University. A physician-scientist specializing in cardiovascular medicine, Jain will succeed Dr. Jack A. Elias, Brown’s dean of medicine and bi...

Cambridge College Dean Joins Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Comings and Goings ... Cambridge College Dean of Student Affairs Regina Robinson was named deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Known for standing up for marginalized students, Robinson served one term on the Boston School Committee. Keene State College named University of Southern Indiana Dean James M. Beeby, a historian, to be the ...

Cummings to Step Down at the University of Southern Maine

Comings and Goings ... Glenn Cummings announced he will step down as president of the University of Southern Maine at the end of June 2022 after seven years in charge and return to the university’s faculty as a professor of public policy and educational leadership. Cummings also served as president of the University of Maine at Augusta for one year. A former speaker of the Maine House of ...

America’s Longest-Serving Woman College President to Step Down at Emmanuel Next Year

Comings and Goings ... America's longest-serving woman college president, Sister Janet Eisner, announced that she will leave the presidency of Emmanuel College next year after four decades leading the Catholic liberal arts college in Boston’s Fenway area. Among her accomplishments, Eisner led Emmanuel's transition from an all-women’s college to a coeducational college and brought Merck ...

Boston Fed Chief, Regional Leader Rosengren to Retire

Comings and Goings ... Boston Fed President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren, who had long planned to retire in June 2022, now says he will leave the post Sept. 30 of this year to deal with a worsening kidney condition. Rosengren announced that he has had the condition for many years and is qualified for the kidney transplant list in June 2020. Rosengren worked 35 years at the Boston Fed and 14 as...

House to Vote on Package Boosting Free Community College, Higher Pell Grants, Pre-K, Childcare

DC Shuttle ... Hearings & Markups of Interest(Due to current limited access to the U.S. Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view these hearings via live stream.) The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on Back to School: Highlighting Best Practices for Safely Reopening Schools on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10:15 a.m. The U.S. Senate Committee on H...

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...

Wheaton Taps Emerson Provost as President; Amherst Leader Will Step Down Next Summer

Comings and Goings ... Wheaton College named Emerson College Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan to be the Norton, Mass., college's ninth president, succeeding Dennis M. Hanno, who last year announced he would step down after leading the college since 2014. Biddy Martin announced she will leave the presidency of Amherst College next summer after 11 years as head of ...