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Nov. 24, 2021
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More than eight in 10 college presidents indicate their institutions intend to increase hybrid (both online and on-campus) learning and other support services as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new NEBHE survey-based study titled Presidential Perspectives on Building Next-Generation Postsecondary Digital Learning Enterprises. Another NEBHE study, Fast Forward: Forces Defining the Future of Postsecondary Learning, finds that the pandemic spurred significant investments in digital transformation, accustomed people to remote collaboration and catalyzed growth in services to improve the learner experience, but that, to be successful, higher ed institutions "must radically expand their ability to collaborate to formally build shared capacity, expertise and solutions." NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas and Policy Analyst Donald Sarra presented the findings of both studies recently as part of the TIAA Institute's higher education symposium, "Facing New Realities: Research Insights and Leaders’ Perspectives." UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney served as the discussant for the NEBHE presentation.

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better Act, which would provide universal preschool, increase the maximum federal Pell Grant, expand eligibility for DACA and boost other education programs, all while actually reducing the deficit, according to a key congressional committee. ... The infrastructure bill signed by President Biden funds broadband, helping to close the “homework gap.” ... The Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors report showed a decrease of 15% in international student enrollment for the 2020-21 academic year. ... Read the latest from NEJHE's DC Shuttle, featuring national news drawn from our friends at the New England Council.
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NEBHE is looking to hire a Director of Policy & Research ... someone who can anticipate emerging issues, interpret policy developments, develop research reports, presentations and best practice tools for postsecondary education leaders, state policymakers and the public ... and direct NEBHE's policy team. See full position description here.

Thirteen New England higher education institutions have signed on to NEBHE's new North Star Collective (NSC), a multi-institutional collaborative to boost Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) early-career faculty at the region's colleges and universities. NEBHE was also awarded a $20,000 grant from the Hildreth Stewart Charitable Foundation to support the development and implementation of a key part of the program: the NSC Faculty Fellowship. Built on a Reparative Justice Framework, NEBHE developed the NSC to restore, nourish and uplift BIPOC faculty in the region and support leaders as they transform institutions around racial equity. The NSC's 13 founding members are: Bridgewater State University, Clark University, Endicott College, Eastern Connecticut University, Framingham State University, Goodwin College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salem State University, Simmons University, the University of Bridgeport, UMass Boston and the University of Southern Maine.
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