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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...

Higher E(d)volution: Six Mass State Colleges Re-Branded as Universities

It's an evolutionary fact of life in higher education. Good courses become programs. Worthy programs become schools. Schools become colleges, and colleges in some cases, become universities. Yesterday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation that re-branded six state colleges—at Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Salem, Worcester and Westfield—as state universities, effective O...

Private Sector Stimulated, While State and Local Govt. Jobs Stall

The U.S. economy added 882,000 jobs in the first six months of 2010, and 593,000 of them were in the private sector, according to the "Economic Snapshot" for July 2010 authored by Christian Weller, senior fellow at the D.C.-based Center for American Progress and  associate professor of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.The report attributes some of the private job growt...

NH Pundits to Discuss Future of Granite State

The New Hampshire Forum on the Future will feature Lew Feldstein, retiring president of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Charles Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, discussing priorities and direction for the state of New Hampshire, on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 8 a.m., in The Great Hall at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH. The forum is an allianc...

URI Gets $212k Shot in Arm for Vaccine Studies

A University of Rhode Island biotechnology professor was awarded a $212,000 grant to hire summer research fellows for vaccine studies. The grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allows 14 students and recent graduates from URI, Brown University, Bates College and the University of Connecticut to conduct research on vaccines against diseases ranging from Hepatitis C to  Lyme d...

Follow Colleges to the Most Livable Cities (and Low Taxes of Course)

The late Bob Woodbury graced the pages of NEJHE a few years ago when the journal was called Connection with a thoughtful scolding of U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings. The popular news magazine's college rankings, Bob noted, encourage perverse practices by rewarding colleges for generating too many applications, rejecting high percentages of them, and ultimately making few rea...