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Study Projects Big Job Cuts in Schools for 2011-12

A quarter-million jobs in education are in jeopardy next school year, according to the latest economic impact survey by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Two-thirds of U.S. school districts eliminated personnel in the 2010-11 school year, and nearly three-quarters expected to cut more jobs in the 2011-12 school year, according to the Projection of National Education Jo...

Maine Chancellor Pattenaude Won’t Seek Contract Extension, Duncan to Leave Carsey Institute

University of Maine System Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude planned to tell system trustees that he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires next year at the end of June. Pattenaude has served as chancellor since 2007 and, before that, was president of the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. In May, he shared views on the challenges of restructuring the UMaine Syste...

Study Finds In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students Boosts College Enrollment, Lowers High School Dropout Rates

Should states allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public campuses? If the goal is to increase college enrollment and reduce the number of high school dropouts, the answer is yes, according to a new study by researchers at Roger Williams University's Latino Policy Institute. The study shows in-state tuition would result in a 31% increase in the college-going rate among undoc...

A Start-Up in Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Students to Launch Businesses at Babson

More than 40 Israeli and Palestinian students will learn about entrepreneurship and establish businesses this summer at Babson College and, ideally, bring a spirit of peace and understanding back to their countries. The three-part program will begin with orientation in the Middle East during the last week in May, entrepreneurship education at Babson during July and August, and business launch and...

Nellie Mae Education Foundation Awards Seven Organizations, Schools and Districts Almost $1 Million for “Proficiency-Based Pathways”

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) awarded one-year grants to seven organizations, schools, and districts across New England as part of the foundation's effort to prepare all learners with the skills and knowledge needed for success in postsecondary education, work and life. Proficiency-Based Pathways allow students to progress toward their goals based on mastery rather than a required ...

Among Comings & Goings, Moore to Leave Lyndon State, Staples to Head NEASC

Lyndon State College President Carol A. Moore announced her retirement from the college, effective July 1, after 13 yeas in charge of the Lyndonville, Vt. college. A NEBHE delegate since 2002, Moore recently wrote for NEJHE about college retention.**** Former Connecticut state Rep. Cameron Staples, who was House chair of the Education Committee and a longtime NEBHE delegate, was chosen as the nex...

Big Oil CEO and Carbon Opponent to Each Address WPI Grads After Speaker Dustup; Gov. Malloy to Deliver Keynotes in Connecticut

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's invitation to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to deliver this year’s commencement address on May 14, sparked protests from WPI’s Students for a Just and Stable Future. The students noted that the world’s largest oil company and a major funder of climate deniers has given more than $1.3 million to the school. After WPI President Dennis Berkey's threa...

URI Hooks $11.5 Million to Boost Sustainable Fishing in Senegal

The Coastal Resources Center and the Fisheries Center at the University of Rhode Island were awarded a five-year, $11.5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to help the sub-Saharan African country of Senegal promote sustainable fishing. Fishing has been an economic safety net in Senegal, which has created competing interests familiar in some parts of New England. Far...

Vt. Gov. Shumlin to Address Green Mountain College Grads … and More Commencement News

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College's 174th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. on the college's Griswold Library lawn. Boston TV  journalist  Liz Walker will deliver the commencement address at Regis College on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in the Tower Gardens. Walmart Foundation President Margaret A. McKenna will...

The Edvolution Continues: Western NE is Latest College to Graduate to University

Western New England College of Springfield, Mass., was awarded "university" status by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and will change its name to Western New England University on July 1, 2011. Why the name change? Western New England will develop a Ph.D. program in Engineering Management to join its existing Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. But as we noted in Higher E(d)volution: Six Ma...