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Promises, Promises: Exploring Free College in New England

Free college policies—commonly known as "Promise" programs—are important promoters of equity in higher education. Some specific elements help ensure these free college programs truly encourage equity, especially for students from low-income backgrounds. These elements include: providing financial support beyond the costs of tuition and fees, supporting adult learners and undocumented students,...

Grappling with Public College Pricing in a Covid World: NEBHE’s 2020-21 Tuition and Fees Report

In the 2020-21 academic year, the U.S. and New England saw a decline in higher education enrollment as students and families reckoned with job losses and the economic turmoil created by the coronavirus pandemic. NEBHE’s recent report Published Tuition and Fees at Public Colleges and Universities in New England 2020-2021 unveils data about the ways that institutions tried to make college more ...

Learning, All Grown Up

Key takeaways from data on adult learners in New England ... Educational opportunities for those age 25 and older allow people already in the workforce to improve their skills, employment opportunities and wages in ways that they may not otherwise be able to. Changing economic conditions, which increasingly limit opportunities to those with postsecondary degrees, mean that the incentives ...

Last Academic Year, International College Student Enrollment Grew in Three New England States and Declined in Three … This Year Will Be Different

The total number of enrolled international students at New England colleges and universities increased by 2% at all academic levels in academic year 2019-20, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. The study, published annually by IIE since 1948-49, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972, ...

NEBHE Reports on Postsecondary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in New England

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These words have dominated the national conversation in recent weeks. From the racial justice protests that have sprung up across the U.S. since the death of George Floyd, to the White House’s recent executive order against the “malign ideology” of diversity training efforts in federally funded programs, individuals from both sides of the political aisle have...

Measuring Higher Ed Affordability Pre-COVID: NEBHE’s 2019-20 Tuition and Fees Report

In New England, as with the rest of the country, the price of tuition is one of the main factors that goes into students’ higher education enrollment decisions. As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on both our New England and national economies and people reckon with job losses and wage cuts, this factor seems more relevant than ever. NEBHE’s recently released report “Published Tuition and Fees a...

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...

Will Foreign Bodies (and Minds) Continue to Buoy Demographically Challenged New England Higher Ed?

International student enrollment grows modestly in Massachusetts, declines across the rest of New England ... The total number of enrolled international students at New England colleges and universities increased by 2.2% at all academic levels in academic year (AY) 2018-19, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange. The study, published annually by Institute of...

Out-of-State Tuition and Fees in New England

As a follow up to our recent report Published Tuition and Fees at New England Public Colleges and Universities, 2018-19, this article explores out-of-state tuition and required fees in New England ... Imagine a prospective student living in Vermont. Their most affordable college option is a public university in Vermont. By staying in-state and attending the University of Vermont, this student...

On the Climate Crisis: Urgency Isn’t Enough

In May, NEJHE posted A Modest Proposal to Save the Planet, in which a lawyer, an environmentalist and a college success expert called on nonprofit organizations with endowments over $1 billion to invest 10% of their endowments in corporations whose primary business activity is building and operating alternative energy systems based upon the endless supply of the sun's energy and the wind. They con...