New England Public Policy Center Reports on College Towns and COVID-19: The Impact on New England

By John O. Harney

New England higher education institutions that are already are on shaky financial ground could be forced to close altogether due to extended campus shutdowns and pandemic-induced enrollment declines, according to a new brief from the New England Public Policy Center (NEPPC) authored by senior policy analyst Riley Sullivan.

The brief examines the COVID-19 pandemic and the cities and towns in the region that depend heavily on employment and commerce from institutions whose declining enrollments and low endowments make them particularly vulnerable.

The NEPPC is a think tank housed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. NEBHE and the NEPPC have long shared a common interest in how New England’s higher education institutions shape local and regional economies.

For more on the latest NEPPC brief, please visit here.


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