Posts Categorized: Newslink

Long-Distance Operators: A New National Report on College Students Learning Virtually 

The number of students nationwide enrolled in distance education programs rose to nearly 3 million in fall 2019, a 7.5% increase over 2018 enrollment data, according to a new report by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). And that’s before the COVID-19 pandemic prompted an unprecedented shift to virtual course delivery.       ...

Biden Taps R.I. Gov. Raimondo for Commerce, Boston Mayor Walsh for Labor

C0mings and Goings ... President-elect Joe Biden nominated Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo as the next U.S. secretary of commerce and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the next U.S. secretary of labor. Raimondo, who chaired NEBHE's Commission of Higher Education & Employability, will be succeeded in Rhode Island by Lieutenant Gov. Daniel J. McKee, who earned a NEBHE Excellence Award...

Biden Looks to Connecticut for Next U.S. Ed Chief, Massachusetts House Speaker DeLeo Steps Down, Reportedly Seeking Northeastern University Post

Comings and Goings ... President-elect Joe Biden chose Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to be the next U.S. education secretary, succeeding Betsy DeVos, the champion of private schools who served as secretary since the beginning of the Trump administration. Cardona, in contrast, was raised in a housing project in Meriden, Conn., where he attended the city’s public schools...

Figures Intertwined … Revisiting Data Connection

Decline from 2019 to 2020 in number of high school graduates who went to college immediately after high school: 22% The National Student Clearinghouse Decline from 2019 to 2020 in college enrollment rates for students from high-income high schools: 17% The National Student Clearinghouse Decline for students from low-income high schools: 29% The National Student Clearinghouse Of associat...

From the High Schools: More Troubling Demography News for New England

The number of new high school graduates in New England is expected to shrink by nearly 13% by 2037, according to the 10th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, released this week by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Published by WICHE every four years, Knocking at the College Door is a widely recognized source of data and pr...

Hanno to Step Down at Wheaton

Comings and Goings ... Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno announced he will step down in late 2021, or earlier if a successor is named. Stonehill College appointed DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, the former  provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of social work at Bowie State University in Maryland, to be the new provost and vice president for academic affairs a...

Emerson President Pelton to Lead Boston Foundation

Comings and Goings  ... The Boston Foundation named Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton to be the community foundation's next president and chief executive officer, effective in June 2021. He will succeed Paul Grogan, who led the foundation for nearly 20 years. In June, Pelton was named by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Boston Racial Equity Fund. Pelton taught English and America...

Conn. Regents Name New Interim Chief, Shanley Moves from Providence to NYC, and Former U.S. Rep. to Lead National For-Profit College Group

Comings and Goings ... The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents appointed its provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs, Jane McBride Gates, to serve as the system's interim president, while the board searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing President Mark Ojakian. Rev. Brian J. Shanley, who was president of Providence College from ...

More Capitol Steps for New Englanders?

Last week, Inside Higher Ed reported that "President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is drawing significantly [from] the nation’s colleges and universities to prepare to take the reins of government on Jan. 20." A bit of déjà vu ... In Spring 2009, when Barack Obama was stocking his first administration, NEJHE ran an item headlined "New England Goes to D.C.," noting: "As they form t...

Cooper Named UMass Boston’s First Special Assistant for Black Life

Comings and Goings ... The University of Massachusetts Boston appointed Joseph Cooper to be its first special assistant for Black Life, a senior management position that Marcelo Suárez-Orozco pledged to create when he became the the UMass Boston chancellor in August. UMass Medical School named Brown University Assistant Vice President of Academic Diversity Marlina Duncan...