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Oct. 28, 2020
NEBHE sent a letter on behalf of New England’s 260 public and independent postsecondary institutions to the Department of Homeland Security urging the agency to withdraw a proposed rule that would limit international student visas to a set number of years.

International students are currently allowed to stay in the U.S. for the duration of their studies. The new rules would generally limit the stays to two or four years when students would need to apply for an extension. That's shorter than many Ph.D. programs and shorter than many students take to finish a bachelor's degree.

While acknowledging the need to encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security, the NEBHE letter warns "we also believe that the proposed regulation will do more harm than good—making the U.S. a less appealing higher education destination for students and scholars from abroad and directly threatening the missions, diversity, educational vitality and financial sustainability of New England institutions." The region's institutions enrolled more than 96,000 international students in 2018, representing 9.4% of the region's total enrollment and contributing more than $4.2 billion to the regional economy. Moreover, scientific innovations, including possible treatments for COVID-19, depend on our ability to attract top scholars from a global pool.

The NEBHE letter is cosigned by leaders and representatives of New England college associations and systems.

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News Around NEBHE

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.

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.

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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