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ERIC Number: ED298839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The New England Legislative Project.
Bernstein, Melvin H.
A report on the 3-year regional project, sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), on the public investment in higher education and its importance to economic development for the six state legislatures of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont is presented. During the years of 1983-1986, the New England Board of Higher Education conducted in-depth policy briefings for the state legislatures and published the proceedings for all legislators in the region. The purpose of the project was to provide state legislators with economic and financial data, trends, and concepts concerning the strong relationship between New England's higher education system and its performance of economy. The project environment is discussed, noting the United States was emerging from a recession when the project began in 1983, but 3 years later, it was improved. Project results focus on: regional and national comparisons of funding for higher education institutions and state student aid; the state workforce's level of education and preparedness for the demands of a knowledge-intensive economy; the level of high-tech employment; and the presentation of a regional approach to broadening academic offerings. Legislators indicate this type of program is very helpful. Appendices include: publications of the legislative seminars held in each of the six states; the survey report entitled "Renewing Excellence"; two articles by the project director ("Forging New Legislative Alliances: Higher Education in the State Capitol" and "Higher Education and the State: New Linkages for Economic Development"); clippings illustrating the seminars' extensive media coverage; and letters recognizing the benefits of the program. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New England Board of Higher Education, Wellesley, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; Vermont