What can Policy & Research at NEBHE do for your state or institution?

NEBHE’s Policy and Research arm serves as a resource to education, government, and business leaders throughout New England. It seeks to provide timely information, research and analysis on issues related to higher education and workforce development to decision-makers and the public throughout New England. Members of the Policy and Research team have experience engaging with New England state and regional leaders on issues such as graduate employability; affordability; early college, dual and concurrent enrollment; college readiness; college completion; institutional cost; and performance-based funding.

In conjunction with The New England Journal of Higher Education, the Policy and Research team is engaged in several regional and national initiatives, including:


Policy Analysis

Policy and Research engages our vast regional and national network to perform policy analysis on a variety of topics in higher education, including: legislative session summaries and budget breakdowns; undocumented students and access to higher education; economic impact of higher education; early college, dual and concurrent enrollment; college completion; reinventing the university; productivity; economic funding models; and public policy.


State Policy Presentations

The Policy and Research team regularly visits states to provide topical presentations and briefings to legislative committees and stakeholder groups in order to inform policymaking and regional collaboration.


Commission on Higher Education & Employability

The Commission on Higher Education & Employability is a key initiative of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and chaired by Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. Over the course of 11 months (April 2017-February 2018), the Commission developed an action agenda, policy recommendations, strategies and next steps to align institutions, policymakers and industry to increase the life and career readiness of college and university graduates—and facilitate their successful transitions to work and sustained contributions to the well-being and competitiveness of the region and nation.


Redesigning Student Aid in New England

In February 2014, NEBHE was awarded a two-year Lumina Foundation grant to assist New England states in assessing and redesigning state financial aid policies and programs. Through the grant project, Redesigning Student Aid in New England (Redesigning Aid), Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Islandwere selected to receive technical assistance and support from national financial aid experts and NEBHE.