Posts Categorized: Regionalism

NEBHE Sets Conference on “Competency-Based Education” as NE High Schools Boost “Proficiency-Based” Cousin

NEBHE will explore competency-based education (CBE) during a conference titled The Case for Competency-Based Education: A New Age of Teaching and Learning? to be held Monday, Oct. 20 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Among questions to be explored by speakers: What is the evidence that CBE is a more effective than traditional instructional strategies? What does CBE mean for the ever-risin...

Maine Lawmakers Wrap Up Session Amid Record Number of Gubernatorial Vetoes

Revised Sept. 8, 2014 State Capital Notes ... Maine lawmakers on April 16 finished the second session of the 126th Maine Legislature. The session was marked by a record number of vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage who in many instances broke with his own party in rejecting legislation. Lawmakers returned on May 1 to take up 48 vetoes cast by the governor. They sustained 33 of the 48 vetoes, and overrod...

NEBHE Publishes Third Edition of Advanced Manufacturing PBL Newsletter

NEBHE published the third edition of Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning (AM PBL) News. NEBHE in September 2012 was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a New England-wide project titled Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Advanced Manufacturing: Transforming 21st Century Technician Education. Funding is provided through the NSF’s Advanced...

Transference!

State Capital Notes ... Amid enrollment declines, state systems turn to new policies to fill seats and improve college completion Many state colleges and universities throughout the region are facing enrollment declines after a nationwide period of growth between 2006 and 2011 that saw overall enrollment increase by 3.2 million students. Among the reasons for this drop off is the improving econo...

NEBHE Report Shows Tuition Freezes Help Keep Public Institutions Affordable, But Budget Threats Continue

Note: NEBHE's 2013 Public Tuition and Fees in New England Report was revised in April 2014, and some figures have changed. Please see the report for the most recent data, and contact Gretchen Syverud at gsyverud@nebhe.org with any questions. Students and families now need 18% of the median household income in New England to pay average in-state published tuition and fees at a public 4-year i...

NEBHE Extends Deadline for Submitting Student Aid Redesign Proposals

NEBHE is extending the deadline proposals for its Redesigning Student Aid in New England (Redesigning Aid) project from April 11, 2014 to April 25, 2014. NEBHE was awarded a two-year grant from the Lumina Foundation to support up to three New England states in assessing and redesigning state merit- and need-based financial aid policies and programs. Nonprofits, state agencies and authorities res...

Regional Student Program Reports Increased Enrollment, Tuition Savings in 2013-14

The New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program (RSP), also known as Tuition Break, provided more than $56 million in tuition savings this academic year to 9,533 participating students, according to the recently published 2013-14 Annual Report of the New England Regional Student Program (RSP). Among highlights from the 2013-14 RSP annual report: Total enrollment in the...

New Look at College Placement Policies

The head of JFYNetWorks has some thoughts on the buzz surrounding changing college placement standards and particularly the Accuplacer that determines assignment to credit or non-credit courses. Gary Kaplan, executive director, of the Boston-based JFYNetWorks, issued a monograph examining recent proposals to replace the Accuplacer with other measures. These other measures could include attai...

NE Higher Ed’s Changing Weather … Introducing NEJHE’s “State Capital Notes”

State Capital Notes ... New England's public education and higher education governance structures have always varied. Some states have designated state agencies focused on higher education; others have an office within a state department of education. The executives at the top—commissioners of higher education, chancellors of state postsecondary systems or directors of state higher educatio...

Innovation Indexed

Massachusetts and Connecticut lead America in college-educated or “innovation economy” workers, according to the latest annual index of "The Massachusetts Innovation Economy, published by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Among “areas for Massachusetts to focus on,” however, the report cites disparities in public funding for education, especially higher education...