Policy Priorities

NEBHE’s policy priorities, approved by the NEBHE Board, drive action across the region:

Strengthen Higher Education Leadership, Resilience and Innovation

  • Promote action plans to increase the employability of postsecondary students and ensure they acquire essential foundational and digital skills to drive our economy

Advance P-16 Alignment and Promote College and Career Readiness

  • Support New England states’ college readiness and higher education attainment goals

Drive Equity in Access, Affordability and Completion

  • Increase access, affordability and completion for returning adult students by removing barriers and improving policies to value prior learning, work and life experience

Key Insights: State-By-State

Explore data about higher education in New England by clicking a state below.

New England Facts and Figures

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 & Research News

May 8, 2018

New England Board of Higher Ed Launches Regional Initiative with Credential Engine

NEBHE is pleased to announce the following grant from Lumina Foundation to launch the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative. The initiative is part of the ongoing work stemming from NEBHE’s Commission on Higher Education & Employability. The Commission, chaired by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, brought together leaders of education, business and… Read more »

April 12, 2017

NEBHE Teams Up With RI Gov. Raimondo for Regional Commission to Improve Employability of New England College Grads

Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo joined the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) to announce the creation of a new regional Commission on Higher Education & Employability, designed to work with the private sector to improve the career readiness of New England college and university graduates. Raimondo will serve as the Commission’s chair…. Read more »

April 25, 2017

Are DACA Students Still Safe to Stay?

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about the future of the DACA program, creating uncertainty among recipients and their families. In February, a leaked draft of an internal memo hinted that the Trump administration intends to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As of March 2017, the Department of Homeland Security… Read more »