National College Transition Network Launches College Success for Single Mothers

Single mothers make up an increasing part of the postsecondary student population in the U.S., and a growing movement has emerged to better understand and address their unique set of challenges and experiences. The National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education launched College Success for Single Mothers, a three-year project that will help eight community colleges identify the n...

Tech Entrepreneur Appointed Chair of Hampshire Trustees

Comings and Goings ... Hampshire College named technology entrepreneur and alumnus Jose Fuentes as the new chair of the 20-member board of trustees, succeeding Luis Hernandez. Originally from Guatemala, Fuentes oversees Maison, an educational technology company that helps community colleges retain and graduate more students using online services. He was a managing partner at Savory, a food ...

College Board Study Reaffirms ROI of Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... New Data Released on Returns of a College Degree. A report released this week showed new findings on the return-on-investment of a college degree. The report, released by the College Board, shows, amid other research indicating that students and their families are questioning the worth of a college education, that a bachelor's degree significantly increases median lifetime earnin...

Clark Names Alum as New President

Comings and Goings ... Clark University named University of Chicago Executive Vice President and Clark alumnus David Fithian to be the Worcester, Mass. university's 10th president, succeeding David P. Angel, who retires in June after 10 years as Clark’s president. Katie Stebbins left her post as vice president of economic development at the University of Massachusetts to start her own ...

Most New England States Among Modest Growers in Higher Ed Funding

DC Shuttle ... State Funding for Higher Education Increases 5% in 2020. The latest Grapevine report, released by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, shows an increase in state appropriations for public higher education of 5% in fiscal 2020. While all but three states (New York, Hawaii, and Alaska)...

Western New England University Prez to Retire After Nearly Quarter Century in Charge

Comings and Goings ... Western New England University President Anthony S. Caprio announced he'll retire at the end of June 2020 after 24 years of leadership. The university's longest-serving president, Caprio oversaw the launch of its first doctoral program and 2011 transition from Western New England College to Western New England University. The Vermont College of Fine Arts Board of T...

College Enrollment Sinks to 10-Year Low

DC Shuttle ... New Data Shows Higher Education Enrollment Reaches 10-Year Low. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center published a study showing the number of students enrolled in college has fallen below 18 million for the first time in a decade. Overall higher education enrollment for the fall 2019 semester fell 1.3%. Four year, for-profit schools posted the biggest drop, and publi...

NEBHE’s 2019 in Review!

2019 was a great year for NEBHE! As we look back over the past year, here are some of the highlights. UPSKILLING NEW ENGLAND We launched an upskilling initiative, with support from Strada Education Network, to build collaboration and alignment between New England’s educators and employers As part of this project, we hosted nearly 40 employers, education providers and policymakers for a th...

Trump Signs Order that Some Say Could Chill Speech Critical of Israel

DC Shuttle ... Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Anti-Semitism. President Donald Trump signed an executive order focused on anti-Semitism on college campuses. The order threatens to cut off federal funds to schools that don't curb discrimination against Jewish individuals. The Anti-Defamation League, a group that fights anti-Semitism, welcomed the executive order citing their reports of an in...

DeVos Wants a New Banker

DC Shuttle ... DeVos Calls for Federal Student Aid Office to Spin Off into a New Agency. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pitched a proposal for federal student loans to be operated by "a stand-alone government corporation, run by a professional, expert and apolitical board of governors," instead of by the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. At the department's annual conf...