Posts Tagged: enrollment

NEBHE’s Tuition Break Enrollment Held Steady in Fall 2021, Outperforming National Trends

In its 64th year of enrollment, the New England Board of Higher Education’s Tuition Break, the Regional Student Program (RSP), continued to enhance access and affordability for residents of the six New England states while helping to support enrollment at the region’s public colleges and universities. The 9,101 students enrolled in programs offered through the RSP in fall 2021 saved an esti...

Distance Education Boomed Last Year, Signaling New Era for Learning

The number of students who sought postsecondary education through exclusively distance modalities grew from a little over 3 million in 2019 to more than 5.8 million in 2020, according to a new report by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). The “exclusively” qualifier refers to students who enrolled solely in programs via distance education, as disti...

Tuition Break Enrollment Increased at 40% of Institutions in Fall 2020 Despite Challenging Year

The 2020-21 academic year was a year like no other as a pandemic caused unprecedented disruptions on college campuses. New England colleges and universities responded with agility as they worked to ensure safe campus operations for students, faculty and staff, while continuing to offer their programs through hybrid, in-classroom and remote formats. COVID-19 had a significant impact throughout t...

A New Plan for Faculty Diversity … and Other Winter Wonders from the NEJHE Beat

Faculty diversity. In the early 1990s, NEBHE, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) collaborated to develop the first Compact for Faculty Diversity. Formally launched in 1994, with support from the Ford Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust, the compact focused on five key strategies: motivating states and universities to inc...

NEBHE Reports on Postsecondary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in New England

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These words have dominated the national conversation in recent weeks. From the racial justice protests that have sprung up across the U.S. since the death of George Floyd, to the White House’s recent executive order against the “malign ideology” of diversity training efforts in federally funded programs, individuals from both sides of the political aisle have...

From the NEJHE Beat … Semi-Locked Down But Not Out

The NEJHE beat is semi-locked down, but not out. A little of what we’ve been following … Counting heads. New enrollment figures show higher education reeling under the weight of COVID-19 and a faltering economy on top of preexisting challenges such as worries that college may not be worth the price. A month into the fall 2020 semester, undergraduate enrollment nationally was down 4% from la...

Measuring Higher Ed Affordability Pre-COVID: NEBHE’s 2019-20 Tuition and Fees Report

In New England, as with the rest of the country, the price of tuition is one of the main factors that goes into students’ higher education enrollment decisions. As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on both our New England and national economies and people reckon with job losses and wage cuts, this factor seems more relevant than ever. NEBHE’s recently released report “Published Tuition and Fees a...

NEBHE Regional Student Program Enrollment Grew by 14% in 2019-20, Saved Families $64 Million on Tuition

The New England Board of Higher Education's Tuition Break, the Regional Student Program (RSP), saw significant growth in enrollment—and in the number of program offerings—during the 2019-20 academic year. Total enrollment in the RSP in 2019-20 was 9,257, up 14% over 2018-19. Of the 81 participating public colleges and universities, 46% reported enrollment increases. About 64% of students we...

With High School Graduation Rates Dropping, Where Will the Next College Students Come From?

All signs indicate that high school graduation rates will continue to drop due to low birth rates, leading to a potential higher education metldown that is likely to affect all academic institutions, big and small, in the years after 2024. What steps do colleges and universities need to take to survive? The answer lies in subscribing to the law of survival of the fittest and in increasing marke...

Briefly Noted … Complete the FAFSA

New NEBHE brief explores "Closing the FAFSA Gap: FAFSA Completion Rates Among New England’s Low-Income Students" ... Students in the U.S. who do not file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) miss out on $24 billion of federal aid every year, despite being eligible for that assistance. First-generation, low-income students are more likely to pass up this support because they ha...