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March 25, 2020
The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and its partners wrote to members of the region's delegation to the U.S. Congress calling for urgent action on COVID-19-related relief for higher education students and institutions. 
 
NEBHE noted that the 260 public and independent postsecondary institutions in the six New England states are home to more than 1 million students. They are critical engines of our educated workforce and talent pipelines, provide significant public service and generate world-leading research and innovation.

Coming Friday: NEBHE will inaugurate a new newsletter called COVID-19 and Higher Ed: Weekly Update .

NEBHE's Tracking Coronavirus web resource now features an easy-to-use visual showing institutions' COVID-19 responses including current info on campus closures and shifts to online operations. Info on food and housing availability will be coming soon. The page also features: COVID-19 News; Governmental Responses, Guidance & Advocacy; Distance Education Resources & Compliance; Institutional Finance Information; and Admissions and Enrollment Information. Please s hare updates from your institution at: cpeyser@nebhe.org .
More from The New England Journal of Higher Education
M. Gabriela Torres, Claire Buck and Cary Gouldin of Wheaton College explain how the Massachusetts liberal arts college is combining the latest learning technologies with its 186-year history of forging relationships between faculty and students to reach students with remote learning in the age of COVID-19.
As many colleges respond to coronavirus outbreaks by closing campus buildings, shifting classes to online, nixing events and encouraging lots of handwashing, few focus on the psychological impacts of the pandemic, writes author and former Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross . Gross offers some strategies for campus personnel to deal with the emotional price we'll pay for COVID-19.
Last November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump administration could rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with the fate of over 650,000 DACA recipients in the balance. While a decision is expected by June 2020, colleges and universities can begin preparing now. Miriam Feldblum and Jose Magaña-Salgado of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration offer five ways universities and states can help their DACA and undocumented students, before and after the Supreme Court decision.
Newslink
The 2020 New England state legislative sessions started off with “business as usual,” but this legislative year has quickly become anything but usual. The recent state-by-state implementation of aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 effectively ended most states’ 2020 legislative sessions. Besides dealing with the health emergency, several of the states were looking at issues such as work-based learning, free tuition and compensation for student athletes.
Read the latest from NEJHE's DC Shuttle, featuring national news drawn from our friends at the New England Council.
Deborah Hedeen named president of University of Maine at Fort Kent
NEJHE's Comings and Goings highlights key appointments and job changes in New England higher education and beyond.
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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