NEBHE States

NEBHE works closely with the New England states to improve higher education across the region. Click the map to explore information about each of our six states.

New England is home to more than 250 postsecondary institutions — a rich array of public and independent two- and four-year colleges and universities whose locations, programs, and services seek to meet the needs of all New Englanders, as well as attract others from across the country and around the world.

Policy Priorities
Approved by our Board of Directors, NEBHE’s policy priorities drive action across the region:

1. Adult Learners
Enhance and expand postsecondary opportunities for adult learners through increased
access, affordability, and targeted programs to promote successful completion

2. PreK-16+ Alignment and College and Career Readiness
Advance PreK-16+ alignment to promote college and career readiness and the
successful transition from PreK-12 to postsecondary opportunities and success

3. Cost-Saving Collaboration
Develop new models for cost-saving collaboration to help institutions change business
practices, lower operating costs, and contain student tuition and fees

4. Public Value of Higher Education in New England
Promote the public value of postsecondary education to New England and its
residents through expanded advocacy and outreach to key stakeholders

Policy & Research News

May 28, 2019

A Look at Higher Ed’s Value

NEBHE examines how more education means more benefits for individuals who earn postsecondary credentials and for the general public … Despite the alarming and unsustainable rise of college tuition and fee rates, the greatest cost associated with higher education is still the opportunity cost in terms of lost wages, according to NEBHE’s latest report What’s… Read more »

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July 9, 2019

Lawmakers Create Separate Board for URI, Reject Expanding College Promise to Four-Year RIC

Rhode Island lawmakers tackled education reform and OK’d a separate board of trustees for URI even as they erased a $200 million budget gap. Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a $9.9 billion budget for FY20, which avoids new taxes, strengthens PreK-12, continues the phase-out of the car tax (auto excise tax) and closes a $200 million… Read more »

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July 8, 2019

Maine’s 2019 Legislative Session Produces Less Rancor, More Healthcare

Maine lawmakers adjourned the 2019 legislative session, passing a two-year budget of $8 billion for FY20 and FY21, absent the partisan rancor of previous years. The budget contains no tax increases or tax cuts. Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Lewiston) noted the budget committee cast more than 1,100 votes on budget line items with 99%… Read more »

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June 25, 2019

Connecticut Makes Community College Free, while Raising Minimum Wage and OK’ing Paid Family and Medical Leave

Connecticut lawmakers ended their session and sent a balanced budget of $43 billion for FY20 and FY21 to Gov. Ned Lamont. Democrats, who hold a majority in both legislative branches, said the budget erases a deficit without raising tax rates. Progressive Democrats in the General Assembly unsuccessfully pushed to tax the wealthiest Connecticut residents on… Read more »

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June 7, 2019

Vermont 2019 Session Ends with Wage, Paid Leave Deliberations To Be Continued …

The Vermont General Assembly adjourned the 2019 session in stages as the House and Senate, both with Democratic majorities, were unable to resolve their differences on two major proposals. At issue were proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a plan to provide paid family and medical leave to Vermonters. Despite… Read more »

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March 28, 2019

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

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) will participate in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative, a project launched in May 2018 by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and Credential Engine with support from the Lumina Foundation. CCSNH will join the University of Maine and Maine Community College… Read more »

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November 20, 2018

University of Maine System to Participate in NEBHE’s High Value Credentials for New England Initiative

The University of Maine System (UMS) will participate in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative, a project launched earlier this year by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and Credential Engine with support from the Lumina Foundation. UMS is the second higher education system to join HVCNE. Dedicated to creating… Read more »

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October 2, 2018

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… Read more »

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