UMaine System Plucks New President from SUNY to Lead Augusta Campus, Mass. Community College Names Its First Provost

Comings and Goings ... The University of Maine System appointed State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi President Michael Laliberte as the next president of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), effective Aug. 1. As president of SUNY at Delhi since 2016, he added 19 new degree programs to address local and state workforce needs, launched initiatives to improve student success, incr...

Plan Would “Repurpose” $500 million in Unspent Covid Relief that Was Set Aside for Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... Senate Covid-19 Relief Compromise Would Repurpose $500 Million in Higher Ed Funding. The U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan “agreement in principle” for a $10 billion Covid-19 relief bill. The compromise reprograms billions in unused money from other coronavirus bills to fund Covid-19-related therapeutics, testing and vaccine distribution efforts. It proposes to rescind $500 mill...

Mount Holyoke College Taps former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum as Interim Leader

Comings and Goings ... Mount Holyoke College named former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum as interim president, taking over in July for Sonya Stephens, who announced she would be leaving in the summer to head the American University in Paris. A clinical psychologist, Tatum served as acting president of Mount Holyoke in 2002, was dean of the college from 1998 to 2002 a...

Tech Confidence, Sports Equity, Police Calls, Warming Seawater and More Data Connections

Percentage of students who rated themselves as very or extremely proficient in critical thinking last year: 80% National Association of Colleges and Employers Percentage of employers who agreed with that assessment: 56% National Association of Colleges and Employers Percentage of students who rated themselves as very or extremely proficient in technology: 65% National Association of Colleg...

Biden Budget Would Double Maximum Pell Grant by 2029

DC Shuttle ... President Biden Releases Fiscal 2023 Budget Proposal, Including Big Increase for Pell Grants. President Joe Biden released his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill. The most notable provisions include a proposal to double the maximum Pell Grant by 2029 and increase the maximum Pell Grant amount by $2,175 for the 2023-24 academic year. Biden also proposed $...

Hartford International University for Religion and Peace Names New Admissions Chief

Comings and Goings ... Hartford International University for Religion and Peace appointed experienced admissions professional Kalia Kellogg as its director of recruitment and enrollment management. Kellogg served recently as director of enrollment management at Northwestern Connecticut Community College and, before that, as associate director of admissions at Trinity College. The ETS Boa...

U.S. Education Department Rules Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Reaches Consensus on 90/10 and Ability to Benefit Rules. After three months of negotiations between the U.S. Department of Education and higher education representatives, the department failed to reach consensus on all but two of the Biden administration’s seven regulatory proposals regarding higher education. The department did reach consensus on the new 90/10 rule, an...

Diverse Changes Around New England’s Second-Largest City

Comings and Goings ... Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced he will step down in May after eight years leading New England's second largest city. Augustus is credited with the city’s recent economic growth, including the development of Polar Park, home of the Worcester Red Sox, the minor league baseball team formerly based in Pawtucket, R.I. He has been criticized for the...

New England Lawmakers Convene to Explore Key Higher Ed Issues, from Food Insecurity to College Mergers 

Rather than return to the pre-Covid state of affairs, policy change is needed to strengthen each leg of the “three-legged stool” of community college success: students’ financial stability, learning inside the classroom, and wraparound support services on campuses, Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger told the New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) Legislative Advi...

Biden Signs Bill Increasing Maximum Pell Grant, Simplifying FAFSA, Reintroducing Earmarks

DC Shuttle ... President Signs Fiscal 2022 Spending Bill. President Joe Biden signed into law a $1.5 trillion government spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that provides $3 billion for higher education. Notable higher education provisions include a $400 increase to the maximum Pell Grant award and the FAFSA Simplification Act, which intends to streamline the process for students applying for f...