the weekly digest from NEJHE and other news from the New England Board of Higher Education
Sept. 15, 2021

Executive Editor John O. Harney invites readers on a tour of the NEJHE beat. Among the stops: The U.S. population grew last decade at its slowest pace since the 1930s, the Census Bureau reports, and the growth was entirely among people who identified as Hispanic, Asian, Black or more than one race. ... A New England college president says it's a "no-brainer" to house Afghan refugees after America's longest war. ... New England college openings rejoin college closings in the higher ed conversation ... Honorary degrees have become kindling for culture wars ... Amazon offers to pay for education while battling accusations of running dangerous workplaces ... A new partnership explores how land grant universities in New England occupy the land of Indigenous communities.

Wheaton College named Emerson College Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Michaele Whelan to be the Norton, Mass., college’s ninth president, succeeding Dennis M. Hanno, who stepped down after leading the college since 2014. Biddy Martin announced she will leave the presidency of Amherst College next summer after 11 years as head of the prestigious liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts. Among accomplishments during Martin’s tenure, Amherst’s class of 2025 is the first in which a majority of students identify as people of color. ... See more on these and other changes in NEJHE's "Comings and Goings" tally of new appointments in New England higher ed and beyond.

Pictured: Michaele Whelan

Creative Commons (CC) has joined NEBHE’s Cost Savings Programs and will offer a 15% regional discount on individual and institution purchases of CC professional learning opportunities through June 30, 2022. The nonprofit Creative Commons provides Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools giving every person and organization in the world a free standardized way to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works; ensures proper attribution; and allows others to copy, distribute and make use of those works. The NEBHE collaboration focuses on CC's professional development courses.

Adult education is particularly important in New England due to the region’s aging population. New England’s median age is 41, compared with the national median age of 39. Because of this, older workers play a more pronounced role in the regional economy, and adult education takes on added significance, writes Miles Rubens, a Dartmouth College student and NEBHE policy & research intern. Adult learning is an important focus of NEBHE. In 2019, the board designated one of its four strategic priorities as enhancing postsecondary opportunities for adult learners. In a new series of fact sheets, NEBHE provides updated data on adult learners in the six New England states, highlighting economic conditions, universities that serve adult learners, educational attainment figures, and labor market information. Among key findings: Nursing is the region's most frequently listed skill, fueled by an aging population and persistent pandemic.
News Around NEBHE

In keeping with its priority to better serve adult learners in New England, NEBHE has released early results of the second biennial Guide to New England's Adult-Serving Colleges and Universities Survey. The survey covers topics including open educational resources (OER), recognition of prior learning experiences and innovations in course delivery and student services. Above are some early results related to how institutions are using OER to reduce costs.

Explore the 2019 survey results through NEBHE's Student Services Portal.

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