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March 4, 2020
ICYMI ... from The New England Journal of Higher Education
Persistence Plus, a Boston-based social impact venture that applies behavioral science to help colleges increase retention, asked college students to finish the sentence "I wish my college knew ..." Cecilia Le, director of strategic engagement at Persistence Plus, describes their moving answers, such as "That I take care of my very ill partner, work full time, am a full-time mom and study full time" or "I'm determined to finish my degree even though I have two children under five and work full time." Le notes that "Professors, advisors or administrators who try #IWishMyCollegeKnew may find this leads them to start an emergency grant program, change the way they structure late fees, or simply have more context for why a student has been missing class."
Do employers really know how to assess the quality of graduates' college experiences--or how those experiences influence how prepared these graduates are to be engaged, productive employees? Brandon Busteed, then executive director of education and workforce development at Gallup, and his colleague Sean Seymour, examine how a set of connections students are exposed to in college--including experiential opportunities, such as internships and long-term projects that mimic real work environments--help prepare graduates with a clearer sense of what they do and how they can shape their workplace. "It's time for us all to dig beneath the surface of resumes, grades and test scores and look to the elements that matter most to workplace success," the authors suggest.
NEJHE's Comings and Goings highlights key appointments and job changes in New England higher education and beyond.
Sandra J. Doran, NEBHE's first director of New England SARA, named president of Bay Path University
Read the latest from NEJHE's DC Shuttle, featuring national news drawn from our friends at the New England Council.
Nearly 1.3 million students were enrolled exclusively in distance-education programs at institutions participating in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) in fall 2018—up 5% over the previous year. SARA institutions located in the six New England states enrolled 123,151 out-of-state students in programs that are 100% online. NEBHE’s affiliate members, New Jersey and New York, enrolled 45,059 out-of-state students in programs that are 100% online.
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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