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February 12, 2020
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Early college programs (where high school students attend college courses on campus) have shown great impact on academic achievement, return on investment and graduation rates. Russ Olwell of Merrimack College's School of Education and Social Policy writes that today's grim enrollment forecasts may give early college the needed attention from many K-12 and higher ed leaders, who have viewed it with a mix of curiosity and suspicion.
Last week was National School Counseling Week and not all is well. Public school counselors across the U.S. were responsible for an average of 455 students each in the 2016-17 school year—well over the nationally recommended student-to-counselor ratio of 250:1. The executive director of the Massachusetts School Counselor Association writes that today’s young people must navigate many more issues to be productive citizens. And research suggests one in every six youths has a mental health disorder, often undiagnosed and untreated.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift became president of the education innovation organization LearnLaunch in July 2019. Three years after being elected lieutenant governor, Gov. Paul Cellucci resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Canada, and Swift became the youngest female governor in U.S. history—all while pregnant with twins. Besides being recognized for her work in education and innovation, Swift is a leader on women’s issues and work-family integration. In this Q&A, NEJHE Executive Editor John O. Harney asks Swift about her insights on higher education, technology and more.
From time to time, NEJHE revives the presentation of facts and figures called “Data Connection” that we had published quarterly for nearly 20 years in the print editions of The New England Journal of Higher Education, formerly known as Connection.
Read the latest from NEJHE's DC Shuttle, featuring national news drawn from our friends at the New England Council.
NEJHE's Comings and Goings highlights key appointments and job changes in New England higher education and beyond.
Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha
News around NEBHE
NEBHE and its sister regional higher education compact organizations unveiled plans for a national network to support scaling and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) across state lines. For more on NEBHE's work in OER, visit the Open Education and Open Educational Resources page on NEBHE's website.
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