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Game Over? Degree Programs in Video Game Design Growing Across U.S.

The number of U.S. colleges and art and trade schools offering degree programs in video game design will reach 300 nationally this fall—a nearly 20% increase in degrees offered in the field over last academic year, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).Twenty of the programs are offered at New England colleges.Vermont's Champlain College, an early pioneer in the field, ...

Remember Before Beloit Reminded You How Old You Are?

Ten years ago, Beloit College of Wisconsin found a gimmick that won it a yearly splash in the media spotlight.It was 1998 when the college first released its Beloit College Mindset List of "cultural touchstones" thought to shape the lives of students entering college.As if to underscore the tool's blend of intellectual curiosity and the college's quest for ink, the list was co-created by a Beloit ...

BFIT Sees Green in NSF Grant for Alternative Fuel Vehicle, Sustainable Automotive Programs

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) was awarded a grant of more than $360,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to introduce new two-year programs in Alternative Fuel Vehicle Operations and Maintenance and a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Automotive Business Practices.The programs aim to train and retrain technicians for hybrid vehicles, making BFIT the only provider ...

Now Hiring: Job Openings in Higher Education Soar

The higher education sector greatly outperformed the national economy's modest recovery during the first half of 2010, with job openings soaring by 36%, according to a new study by HigherEdJobs, a leading resource in academia-related employment.In 2008, higher education responded to the recession by relying more on part-time employees and focusing more recruitment on academic faculty instead of ad...

Presidents Setting Precedent for Haiti Reconstruction

After the January 2010 earthquake that shook Haiti, President Barack Obama asked former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead a fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. Their response, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF), helps people and small and medium-sized enterprises in Haiti access the formal business sector and promotes job creation, especially jobs with a direct so...

Does a 4.5% Unemployment Rate Among College Grads Constitute “Full Employment”?

Last week, a banker asked us a thoughtful question about the relatively low unemployment rate among adult bachelor’s degree holders (25 years and older) we had written about in The New England Journal of Higher Education. Noting that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release this month shows those age 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree have an unemployment rate of 4.5%. he as...

Bunker Hill Serves as Beacon Still: Latest Project for Largest Mass. Community College Is in a Project

Bunker Hill Community College received a $23,000 grant from the housing authority in nearby Somerville to support development of a learning community within the Boston suburb's Mystic housing project.Known as SomerPromise, the learning community will kick off this fall, providing about 25 students who are residents of the project in nearby Somerville with faculty/staff and peer support for their ...

RI, Mass. Among Finalists in Signature Ed Reform Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education named Massachusetts and Rhode Island among 19 finalists in the national Race to the Top competition.The competition rewards states that adopt standards and assessments to prepare students for college and career success, build data systems that measure  success, recruit effective teachers and principals and "turn around" low-achieving schools. In the first rou...

NEBHE Links to All: Updated Web Connections to Campuses, Think Tanks, Resources

NEBHE has updated its directory of links to all things related to New England higher education, including the region's more than 250 degree-granting colleges and universities, hundreds of public policy institutes and other regional and national resources.We have tried to fix broken links, added some new ones and updated others. Please continue to check back for links as both the world of higher ed...

Pot Luck: First NE College Program for Medical Marijuana

The New England School of Alternative Horticultural Studies will launch the first professional medical marijuana training class in the northeastern U.S. in September in Warwick, R.I.With operations in Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont, the school will teach qualified patients and caregivers about the latest indoor medical marijuana cultivation techniques and legal compliance at a fraction of the pr...