Massachusetts 2019 Legislative Session: FY20 Budget Finally Passes, More to Come

Seven months into the 2019 session and three weeks into the new fiscal year, Massachusetts lawmakers completed work on the FY20 budget. The spending package of $43.1 billion represents a 3.3% increase over the prior year’s budget and contains no new taxes. Revenue collections at the end of FY19, totaled more than $29.6 billion, exceeding projections by $1.9 billion, which translated into more st...

52 New England Institutions Join Transfer Guarantee Planning Phase

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) received a seven-month planning grant in March 2019 from the Teagle Foundation to formulate plans for a new transfer initiative between community colleges and independent colleges. The initiative, known as the New England Independent College Transfer Guarantee (Guarantee), is laying the foundation for a systematic transfer pathway from community co...

“Jump Start on College Act” Would Fund Dual Enrollment, Early College High Schools

DC Shuttle ... House Passes Bill to End Sexual Harassment in Science - On Tuesday, July 23rd, the House passed the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act by voice vote. Introduced by House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), the bill takes recommendations offered in a National Academies of Sciences, Enginee...

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...

Ali Shuffles to IDG

Coming and Goings ... Carbonite CEO Mohamad Ali, a key member of NEBHE's Commission on Higher Education & Employability,  stepped down as CEO and board member of the Boston-based data protection company to lead International Data Group, a technology media, events and research company. Angela M. Salas, former associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University Southe...

How Do Lawmakers Spell Relief?

DC Shuttle ... Warren and Clyburn Introduce Bicameral Student Debt Relief Bill. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) introduced bicameral legislation that would expand student loan forgiveness to 42 million federal and private borrowers. The Student Loan Debt Relief Act would automatically cancel up to $50,000 of debt for households with an income under $100,0...

Olin College’s First Employee, its President, Will Step Down in a Year; New Prez at Hampshire Plots Rebound

Comings and Goings ... Olin College President Richard K. Miller announced he will step down on June 30, 2020, after 21 years leading the unique engineering college, where he was the first employee. Miller was appointed in 1999 after the F.W. Olin Foundation announced plans to create a college from scratch and began an experiment to educate engineers differently, emphasizing principles of te...

House Defense Bill Offends For-Profit Colleges

DC Shuttle ... House Adds Amendments to Defense Act Targeting For-Profit Universities. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year that would increase the Pentagon's scrutiny of for-profit colleges. The amendment would require the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to audit for-profit colleges that enroll ...

NEBHE to Launch New England-Wide Initiative on “Upskilling Adult Workers” with Support from Strada Education Network

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is launching “Upskilling New England: Bridging the Gap Between Workers, Educators and Employers,” with support from Strada Education Network (Strada). For more information, contact Candace Williams, NEBHE's director of policy research & strategic initiatives, at cwilliams@nebhe.org  617-533-9530. The three-part initiative will begin ...

Briefly Noted … Complete the FAFSA

New NEBHE brief explores "Closing the FAFSA Gap: FAFSA Completion Rates Among New England’s Low-Income Students" ... Students in the U.S. who do not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) miss out on $24 billion of federal aid every year, despite being eligible for that assistance. First-generation, low-income students are more likely to pass up this support because they ha...