Numbers Game … More Data Connection

From time to time, we revive the collection 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). The latest ... Inflation-adjusted increase in household incomes for the bottom quarter of Maine workers between 2016 and 2017 after the state's voter-approved m...

Maine Community College System to Participate in High Value Credentials for New England Initiative

The Maine Community College System (MCCS) will participate in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative, a project recently launched by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and Credential Engine with support from the Lumina Foundation. Dedicated to creating credential transparency and revealing the credential marketplace, Credential Engine provides a common lang...

Judge Strikes Down Trump Admin Delay of Gainful Employment Rules

DC Shuttle ... Gainful Employment On Hold? U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss issued a ruling striking down the Trump administration's delay of implementation of gainful employment rules. He ruled that the U.S. Department of Education had no argument not to implement the rules as scheduled. He put this ruling on hold for 30 days and said the extra time would give the Education Department a secon...

Ed Reform Groups Announce Leadership Changes

Gordon Comings and Goings ... Subira Gordon, the former executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity, was named executive director of ConnCAN, succeeding Jennifer Alexander as the leader of the nonprofit education advocacy group, which was founded in 2005 as the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now. [caption id="attachment_34000"...

Loans Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

DC Shuttle ... Loan Forgiveness Data. The U.S. Department of Education released new data on public student loan forgiveness. The report shows that of the more than 28,000 borrowers who submitted applications under the federal public service loan forgiveness program, only 96 had their loans discharged as of the end of June, the data shows. The loan forgiveness for those borrowers totaled $5.52 m...

Judge Challenges DeVos on Defrauded Borrowers

DC Shuttle ... Judge Rules Against ED on Gainful Employment. A federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Education in a case regarding gainful employment regulations. The judge ruled that the department's various delays of regulations governing loan forgiveness for defrauded borrowers were illegal, Forbes reports. The ruling challenges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's efforts to overtur...

Midwest Group Is First of Regional Higher Ed Compacts to Name Female Leader

Heegaard Comings and Goings ... The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) named Susan Heegaard as its president-elect. Currently a senior consultant for HCM Strategists and the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs, the former commissioner/director of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will become the first woman to lead one of the U.S. interstate higher education compacts. Babson Co...

For Student Loan and Grant Recipients, a Right to Counsel

DC Shuttle ... U.S. House Passes Loan Counseling Legislation. The House passed legislation, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, which would require in-person or online counseling before students accept federal student loans or Pell Grants. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 1635) had passed the House twice before, in 2014 and 2015, and was passed this time by a ...

NH Community Colleges Add Addy

Addy Comings and Goings ... The board of trustees of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) appointed Cathryn Addy as interim president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College, for the duration of the academic year, Sept. 10, 2018 to May 2019, while the system searches for a successor. Addy is president emeritus of Tunxis Community College, the Farmington, Conn., community college she...

Ombudsman Leaves Bureau He Says Protected Financial Companies, not Students

DC Shuttle ... Student Loan Ombudsman Resigns Over Policy Differences. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman resigned, citing political differences at the agency under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. In a resignation letter addressed to Mulvaney, Frotman said his resignation was effective Sept. 1, adding "Unfortunately, under your leadership, the Bureau h...