Number of New England communities among WalletHub’s top 50 Best & Worst College Towns & Cities: 2 WalletHub 2022’s Best College Towns & Cities in America (Based on indicators of academic, social and economic growth potential, ranging from cost of living to the quality of higher education to the crime rate. The New England communities are Storrs, Conn. at No. 18 and Cambridge, Mass. at No. 34.)
Women as approximate share of U.S. college students: 60% National Student Clearinghouse
Women as approximate share of higher education governing board members: 37% Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Women as hare of members of the U.S. Congress: 27% Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Increase from February 2020 to November 2021 in number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) in the U.S.: 1.1 million U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Employment Situation-November 2021
Percentage of rural working parents who in 2020 agreed that afterschool programs help them keep their jobs: 79% America After 3PM Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers: The Trends Shaping Afterschool and Summer Learning in Rural Communities
Percentage who agreed with that six years earlier: 72% America After 3PM Spiking Demand, Growing Barriers: The Trends Shaping Afterschool and Summer Learning in Rural Communities
2021-22 published tuition and fees for full-time in-state students at the last expensive public flagship university in the U.S., the University of Wyoming: $6,100 College Board
At the most expensive, the University of Vermont: $19,000 College Board
Increase in U.S. emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts among adolescent girls from early 2019 to the same period in early 2021: 51% Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
Increase in U.S. overdose deaths between 1999 and 2019: 250% Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John O. Harney is executive editor of The New England Journal of Higher Education.
“Circus #1″ collage by Montserrat College professor Timothy Harney.