Approximate amount physicians in New England received in payments from drug and medical device companies for speaking, travel, education and food and beverages from August 2013 to December 2016: $620,000,000 NEBHE Analysis of ProPublica data
Number of New England states among the 20 U.S. “States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2019,” based on 22 key metrics, including arrest and overdose rates and opioid prescriptions: 6 Wallethub (N.H., 7th; R.I., 11th; Mass., 15th; Maine, 16th; Vt., 18th; Conn., 19th)
Percentage of American heads of households who rent their homes: 37% Pew Research Center
Increase in renters over age 60, from 2007 to 2017: 43% Rent Cafe
Percentage of the 120,000 jobs Connecticut lost during the 2008-10 recession that it has regained: 81% DataCore Partners, LLC, Connecticut Department of Labor (Connecticut is the only New England state that has not recovered all of the jobs it lost during the 2008-10 recession.)
Percentage of residents in America’s fragile communities (defined as areas with concentrated poverty and limited access to educational and economic opportunities) who say a college education is “very important” or “somewhat important”: 84% 2019 State of Opportunity in America report, based on second annual survey of fragile communities conducted by the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) and Gallup
Percentage of fragile community residents who agree or strongly agree that all people in their area have access to an affordable college education if they want it: 29% 2019 State of Opportunity in America report, based on second annual survey of fragile communities conducted by the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO) and Gallup
Number of public relations specialists for every news reporter in 1998: 1.9 Bloomberg coverage of U.S. Census data
Number of public relations specialists for every news reporter today: 6.4 Bloomberg coverage of U.S. Census data
From time to time, we revive the presentation of facts and figures called “Data Connection” that we had published quarterly for nearly 20 years in the print editions of The New England Journal of Higher Education (formerly Connection). For earlier installments of “Data Connection,” see:
John O. Harney is executive editor of The New England Journal of Higher Education.
Painting of “Studio Study #2“ by Montserrat College professor Timothy Harney.