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New England Legislative Sessions: Priorities Shift Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The 2020 state legislative sessions started off “business as usual,” but this legislative year has quickly become anything but usual. The recent state-by-state implementation of aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 effectively ended most states’ 2020 legislative sessions. Massachusetts—the only New England state legislature that continues to meet...

Hedeen Named New Prez of University of Maine at Fort Kent

Comings and Goings ... The University of Maine System named Deborah Hedeen, currently provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at the University of Montana Western, to be president/provost of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, effective July 1. Simmons University appointed Ray Pfeiffer, a CPA who formerly held faculty positions at Texas Christian University and the U...

Distance Ed Enrollments Under National SARA Grow by 5%

Nearly 1.3 million students were enrolled exclusively in distance-education programs at institutions participating in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in fall 2018, according to new data from NC-SARA’s fourth annual enrollment report. That’s a 5% increase over fall 2017 data, illustrating continued growing demand for postsecondary distance-education ...

NEBHE’s First SARA Director to Lead Bay Path University

Comings and Goings ... Sandra J. Doran, NEBHE's first director of the New England State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), was named the sixth president of Bay Path University, succeeding Carol Leary, who retires in June following her 25-year presidency. Doran has recently been serving as interim president of Salem Academy and College, a private women’s school in Winston-Salem, N...

League Literature

A few years back NEJHE featured Boston freelance writer Matt Robinson on a program called "Training Transformational Teachers" that uses research from various fields to help teachers understand the ways the brain learns best, then shows them classroom-tested strategies to boost student interest and retention and creative applications of what they're learning. Now, Robinson has authored Lions, Tige...

Harbor Walks: Changes at UMass Boston

Comings and Goings ... Katherine Newman, who served as interim chancellor of UMass Boston in 2018 and 2019, was named to the new UMass position of system chancellor of academic programs in the system president's office, overseeing  teaching and research and economic development. She is expected to begin in the new role when Marcelo Suárez-Orozco starts as chancellor of UMass Boston this ...

Simmons Names New President

Comings and Goings ... Simmons University named Lynn Perry Wooten, a crisis leadership expert who served on the faculties at Cornell University and the University of Michigan, to be the next president of the private Boston university, succeeding Helen G. Drinan, who ends her term in June after 12 years as president. Katie Conboy, who has held provost positions at Simmons and Stonehill Coll...

NEBHE and Sister Regional Compacts Exploring National Work on Open Educational Resources

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and its sister regional higher education compact organizations—the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) as well as the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)—are exploring the development of a national network to support sc...

The One for UMass Boston

Comings and Goings  ... The committee searching for the next permanent chancellor of UMass Boston voted to recommend only one candidate, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. Since 2012, Suárez-Orozco has been dean of UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Among previous positions, he has been a professor at New York University and at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. UMass ...

Grogan Announces He’ll Step Down at the Boston Foundation

Comings and Goings ... Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan, one of New England's most influential foundation leaders, announced he’ll step down after 19 years leading the foundation with net assets of $1.3 billion. Grogan will continue in the job until a successor is named. The foundation has been a key contributor to civic life in Massachusetts, facilitating seminal studies a...