Posts Categorized: The Journal

Soft Factors Influence College Enrollment

Evidence about the role that “soft factors” like student engagement and school environment play in influencing whether high school students go on to enroll in college is hard to come by. Over the past two years, the Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS) of Northeastern University, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Hig...

Lessons from Restructuring the University of Maine System

When faced with a challenge, the people of Maine tend to be very pragmatic and straightforward. Those cultural values helped guide our approach to dealing with a rapidly growing structural gap in the finances of the University of Maine System.Even before the international financial crisis, we were looking at a $42.8 million projected annual shortfall between revenues and expenses within four ...

Are We Ready for Charter Colleges?

  Editor’s Note: The Summer 2000 issue of Connection, NEJHE’s predecessor, included a series of pieces headlined “Charter Colleges: Evolution of a Plan,” exploring whether public colleges could operate more efficiently and produce higher quality educational results if they were freed from the controls imposed by state bureaucracies. Community colleges are under inc...

Books: Extending

The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910-2009; Michael Shinagel; Harvard University Extension Monograph, Puritan Press, Hollis, N.H., 2009; $14.95   Reviewed by Alan R. Earls, a Boston-area writer who earned a graduate certificate through Harvard Extension.   The old saying, attributed variously to John F. Kennedy and Count Ciano, that success has ...

Turning Around Ben Franklin

You’d think that being the nation’s only private, urban, two-year technical college might be a source of some notoriety, especially if that institution also traces its history back to a bequest in Benjamin Franklin’s will. But even among New England’s higher education community, Boston’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is a hidden jewel. The reasons to pay attention t...

Trends & Indicators 2010

NEBHE’s compendium of higher education trend data has been a widely consulted collection of state, regional and national statistics for more than half a century. The 60-plus tables and charts richly juxtapose figures on college readiness, higher education enrollment, financing and much more, while offering a shorthand of New England’s cultural and economic vitality.The data are drawn f...

Kaleidoscope: Admitting and developing “New Leaders for a Changing World”

In the fall of 2005, the Academic Council of Tufts University proposed a new slogan to characterize its mission in educating students: “New Leaders for a Changing World.” Many colleges, of course, have slogans of various kinds. The challenge is how each translates its words into action in an authentic manner. This theory of leadership (proposed by Robert Sternberg, co-author of this article)...

The Good Business of Transfer

Why improving college transfer pathways makes good sense for New England CHARI A. LEADER FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION, WINTER 2010 It’s rare for policymakers to think of higher education pathways beyond their own experiences as traditional students. Many went to college directly after high school, stayed in dorms and graduated ready for careers. But the world tod...

Making It Real

Incorporating cost management and productivity improvements into financing decisions JANE WELLMAN FROM THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION WINTER 2010 Higher education is being challenged to increase access and degree attainment for all student groups—a tall order under any circumstances, but particularly daunting in the current economy. To do this, institutional and policy ...

Failure to Launch: Confronting the Male College Student Achievement Gap

A few years ago, Mathew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker generated big laughs and big box office sales in Failure to Launch, an absurd comedy about a 26-year old man still living in his parents’ basement, spending his days watching television and playing video games while the world passed him by. The film was closer to the truth than many of us have been willing to admit. Young American men...