Mass. Higher Ed Commish Santiago to Chair National Group of State Higher Ed Executive Officers

Comings and Goings ... Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago was named chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Executive Committee, effective Oct. 1. The committee shapes the group's federal priorities and strategies for communications with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies. Before assuming the Massachusetts co...

Out-of-State Tuition and Fees in New England

As a follow up to our recent report Published Tuition and Fees at New England Public Colleges and Universities, 2018-19, this article explores out-of-state tuition and required fees in New England ... Imagine a prospective student living in Vermont. Their most affordable college option is a public university in Vermont. By staying in-state and attending the University of Vermont, this student...

Tuition Break Offerings Reach New High

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)'s Tuition Break has announced a record number of programs approved for the 2020-21 academic year–a total of more than 1,200. Through Tuition Break, aka the Regional Student Program (RSP), students become eligible to pay a significantly lower tuition rate, instead of the regular out-of-state tuition, when they enroll in approved programs at out...

(Re-)Engaging the Adult Learner in New England: Five Takeaways from NEBHE Legislative Advisory Committee Meeting

The population of students pursuing postsecondary education in New England is not what it used to be. Fewer individuals fit the traditional profile of the 18- to 24-year old student who lives on campus and attends class full-time. Increasingly, adults are seeking higher education. These students include those who: Are aged 25 or older (who account for 33% of the New England postsecondary popu...

Alexander’s HEA Proposals Panned by Democrats, Praised by Ivanka

Comings and Goings ... Alexander's HEA Proposal Garners Mixed Reviews. U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked a bill passed by the House that would extend funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) two years beyond its expiration date on Sept. 30. Instead of allowing a clean passage of the bill through ...

New CFO at Lasell U and its Onsite Senior Living Community

Comings and Goings ... Lasell University appointed Basil Stewart, recently CFO at Merrimack College, to be Lasell's vice president for finance & administration, serving as CFO of both Lasell and its onsite senior living community, Lasell Village. Roger Williams University School of Law announced that Michael J. Yelnosky will step down as dean when his contract expires at the end of t...

US Ed Dept Calls for Remaking University Middle East Programs with More Focus on “Positive” Aspects of Judaism and Christianity

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Orders Two Universities to Overhaul Middle East Programs. The U.S. Department of Education ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake their Middle East studies program run jointly between the two schools. The letter sent to the universities reveals that the Education Department found the program to have a biased curriculum that d...

Mark Up of Ed Bills Hits a Wall

DC Shuttle ... Senate Panel Cancels Education Funding Bill Markup. The Senate Appropriations Committee canceled a scheduled markup of legislation to fund the U.S. Education Department for the 2020 fiscal year. A vote on Health and Human Services (HHS)-Labor-Education has been a major priority for Democrats, but is now facing partisan controversy as Congress returns from recess. The top Democrat...

NEBHE Publishes 2018-19 Tuition and Fees Report and Interactive Data Platform

Average price for state residents reaches $5,466 at New England’s public two-year colleges, $11,845 at public four-year institutions ... NEBHE has created an interactive data interface to publish regional data corresponding with NEBHE reports. Click below to explore state-by-state tuition and fees data as well as regional averages year-to-year. Click here for interactive tuition and fees data!...

New Trustee Leaders and a Reactivated Rights Commission for Immigrants

Comings and Goings ... Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins as the new chair of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont named Wall Street executive and former chair of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors Dan Toscano to be the new chair of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees. Former Mas...