Another Chair for Raimondo … and D’Allesandro

[caption id="attachment_10637" align="alignright" width="233"] Raimondo[/caption] Comings and Goings ... Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who chaired NEBHE's Commission on Higher Education & Employability, was elected chair of the Democratic Governors Association. New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a former NEBHE delegate and chair, was elected national chair of the Council of...

Let Them Eat Cake?

DC Shuttle ... School Nutrition Rules Released. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a final rule on school nutrition, relaxing some requirements put in under the last administration. Schools in the national school lunch and breakfast programs will be allowed to serve flavored, low-fat milk, which is prohibited under existing standards. The requirement for the portion of grains th...

Party Lines for Ed Policy

DC Shuttle ... Senate HELP Approves Ed Nominee on Party Line Vote. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved Robert L. King to be the U.S. assistant secretary of postsecondary education. The committee approved four education and labor nominations, despite objections from Democrats about a lack of hearings for nominees they considered controversial. The committee...

Announcing the 2019-20 NEBHE-Chinese Government Scholarship from NEBHE!

 Begin the application process for the 2019-20 scholarship now! The New England Board of Higher Education is pleased to announce the NEBHE-Chinese Government Scholarship, a timely opportunity for New England college and university students. Through NEBHE, qualified New England students may be eligible to study at a Chinese university and receive a full scholarship. The scholarships are pro...

Electing a Reflection of America

With votes still being counted and recounted and candidates already pondering their next campaigns, the 2018 midterm elections have left an indelible mark on New England and its representation in Washington, D.C. New Hampshire voters elected at least 42 state representatives under age 40 to the state's 400-member House of Representatives—the third largest legislative body in the English-speak...

Fall Changes

[caption id="attachment_10572" align="alignright" width="255"] Mahoney[/caption] Comings and Goings ... Mary Ellen Mahoney, who recently served as executive director of graduate and extended studies programs at St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, was named dean of Becker College’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies. Ben Barnes, formerly Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Mall...

University of Maine System to Participate in NEBHE’s High Value Credentials for New England Initiative

The University of Maine System (UMS) will participate in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative, a project launched earlier this year by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and Credential Engine with support from the Lumina Foundation. UMS is the second higher education system to join HVCNE. Dedicated to creating credential transparency and revealing the ...

Trump Admin’s Sexual Assault Rules Would Benefit Accused

DC Shuttle ... Administration Releases Rewrite of Sexual Assault Rule. The Trump administration unveiled its proposed overhaul of rules for schools handling allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The long-awaited proposal gathered quick response. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's decision to write new regulations under Title IX had been controversial. The new rules more narrowly define s...

WICHE Appoints Second Woman to Lead a Higher Ed Compact; Goddard Names New Prez

[caption id="attachment_10525" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michelau[/caption] Comings and Goings ... The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) appointed Demarée Michelau to be president of the regional interstate higher education compact, serving 16 Western members, including U.S. states, territories, and freely associated states and their 80 million residents. She j...

College Affordability: The Price of Public Higher Education in New England

Tuition and fees across New England have risen by 16% ($734) at community colleges and 10% ($1,001) at four-year public institutions since 2012-13, according to NEBHE’s 2017-18 Tuition and Fees Report. The report, published annually by NEBHE's Policy & Research team, takes an in-depth look at the tuition and required fees published by public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions a...