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Oct. 21, 2020


NEBHE released “Published Tuition and Fees at Public Colleges and Universities in New England, 2019-20," a report written by summer 2020 policy & research intern Daniel Brennan, featuring data on the 2019-20 tuition and fees at New England colleges and universities as announced prior to COVID-19. The report provides pre-COVID details on the published tuition and required fees (not reflecting costs such as room and board) as well as the average price of tuition before and after student aid, historical Pell Grant trends, disaggregated enrollment and tuition data and recent legislative actions to address higher ed costs in New England.

NEJHE Executive Editor John O. Harney checks in on the world of New England higher ed seven months into quarantine. Among the latest ... early fall enrollment figures show higher education reeling under the weight of COVID-19 and a faltering economy on top of preexisting challenges like worries that college isn’t worth the price ... mixed reports on so-callled "Promise" free-college programs ... an ECMC Foundation grant to the Business-Higher Education Forum funds the Connecticut Digital Credential Ecosystem Initiative, which traces its roots to NEBHE's Commission of Higher Education & Employability ... a Hunter College conference on inequality, collective bargaining and higher education digs deep on equity, antiracism and labor rights ... and Purdue Global calls it quits in Lewiston, Maine.
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What can New England state governments do to stimulate job creation and make the region's economy more resilient? Economists meeting recently via Zoom with NEBHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee shared a few key suggestions. Among them: identify and support the region’s most vulnerable workers, incentivize partnerships that value job quality, increase state support for childcare, and ensure equity in higher education and work, in part, by granting credit to adult learners for their validated life and work experiences.


What can New England state governments do to stimulate job creation and make the region's economy more resilient? Economists meeting recently via Zoom with NEBHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee shared a few key suggestions. Among them: identify and support the region’s most vulnerable workers, incentivize partnerships that value job quality, increase state support for childcare, and ensure equity in higher education and work, in part, by granting credit to adult learners for their validated life and work experiences.
News Around NEBHE

Under the direction of the NEBHE president and board, the Fellow for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) will provide vision, leadership and planning in the development and implementation of a new regional strategy to expand faculty diversity at postsecondary institutions throughout New England. The Fellow will assist in developing an inclusive, long-term action plan to address societal, institutional and structural impediments to faculty diversity as a core premise for equity and inclusion in postsecondary education.
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NEJHE's Comings and Goings highlights key appointments and job changes in New England higher education and beyond.
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Eight Connecticut four-year independent institutions and all 12 of the state's community colleges signed onto NEBHE's Connecticut Independent College Transfer Guarantee. The so-called Connecticut Guarantee ensures acceptance at a participating Guarantee institution for associate-degree-holding students who have met a designated GPA requirement.
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