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Tech Entrepreneur Appointed Chair of Hampshire Trustees

Comings and Goings ... Hampshire College named technology entrepreneur and alumnus Jose Fuentes as the new chair of the 20-member board of trustees, succeeding Luis Hernandez. Originally from Guatemala, Fuentes oversees Maison, an educational technology company that helps community colleges retain and graduate more students using online services. He was a managing partner at Savory, a food ...

College Board Study Reaffirms ROI of Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... New Data Released on Returns of a College Degree. A report released this week showed new findings on the return-on-investment of a college degree. The report, released by the College Board, shows, amid other research indicating that students and their families are questioning the worth of a college education, that a bachelor's degree significantly increases median lifetime earnin...

Clark Names Alum as New President

Comings and Goings ... Clark University named University of Chicago Executive Vice President and Clark alumnus David Fithian to be the Worcester, Mass. university's 10th president, succeeding David P. Angel, who retires in June after 10 years as Clark’s president. Katie Stebbins left her post as vice president of economic development at the University of Massachusetts to start her own ...

Most New England States Among Modest Growers in Higher Ed Funding

DC Shuttle ... State Funding for Higher Education Increases 5% in 2020. The latest Grapevine report, released by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, shows an increase in state appropriations for public higher education of 5% in fiscal 2020. While all but three states (New York, Hawaii, and Alaska)...

Western New England University Prez to Retire After Nearly Quarter Century in Charge

Comings and Goings ... Western New England University President Anthony S. Caprio announced he'll retire at the end of June 2020 after 24 years of leadership. The university's longest-serving president, Caprio oversaw the launch of its first doctoral program and 2011 transition from Western New England College to Western New England University. The Vermont College of Fine Arts Board of T...

Trump Signs Order that Some Say Could Chill Speech Critical of Israel

DC Shuttle ... Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Anti-Semitism. President Donald Trump signed an executive order focused on anti-Semitism on college campuses. The order threatens to cut off federal funds to schools that don't curb discrimination against Jewish individuals. The Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights anti-Semitism, welcomed the executive order citing their reports of an in...

DeVos Wants a New Banker

DC Shuttle ... DeVos Calls for Federal Student Aid Office to Spin Off into a New Agency. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pitched a proposal for federal student loans to be operated by "a stand-alone government corporation, run by a professional, expert and apolitical board of governors," instead of by the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. At the department's annual conf...

NEBHE Advances Independent College Transfer Guarantee Initiative

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) received a three-year implementation grant co-funded by the Teagle Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation to develop systematic transfer pathways between community colleges and four-year independent colleges in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with a focus on the liberal arts. NEBHE is grateful for the continued support of t...

A Season for New Deans and Trustees

Comings and Goings ... Sterling College named Maxine Kelly, formerly finance & human resources director at Vermont Studio Center, to be Sterling's dean of finance & operations. Michelle Elias Bloomer, formerly of the division of professional studies at Bunker Hill Community College, became associate dean for undergraduate programs at Boston College’s Woods College of Advancing ...

Keeping Score

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Updates College Scorecard Database to Include Average Debt, Earnings of Specific College Programs. The U.S. Department of Education announced that its database College Scorecard will now let users compare data on the average student loan debt and postgraduate earnings by program of students within institutions. The site's new update reflects the bipartisan push for trans...