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Perez, Angel B. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2016
Colleges and universities have a significant role to play in shaping the future of race and class relations in America. As exhibited in this year's presidential election, race and class continue to divide. Black Lives Matter movements, campus protests, and police shootings are just a few examples of the proliferation of intolerance, and higher…
Descriptors: Colleges, Universities, Race, Racial Relations
Bisk, Richard – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2013
Many students begin higher education unprepared for college-level work in mathematics and must take non-credit developmental courses. Furthermore, many are "math-phobic" and avoid courses, majors and careers that involve quantitative work. Yet science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are among the few job-growth…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Developmental Studies Programs
Ryscavage, Richard; Canaris, Michael M. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2013
More than three-quarters of administrators, faculty and staff at Jesuit colleges agree or strongly agree that "admitting, enrolling, and supporting undocumented students fits with the mission of the institution." And yet 40% recently said there were no known programs or outreach to undocumented students of which they were aware. There is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, College Planning
Castleman, Benjamin L.; Page, Lindsay C. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2013
Higher education officials have long been familiar with the concept of "summer melt," where students who have paid a deposit to attend one college or university instead matriculate at a different institution, usually presumed to be of comparable quality. In previous research, drawing on longitudinal data from various urban school…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Enrollment Trends, Student Attrition, College Applicants
Levin, Blair – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Knowledge is humanity's first and final frontier. From the Edenic exodus to flights beyond earth, mythic narratives reveal that going where no one has gone before to learn what no one has known before drives people like no other quest. That quest, for many millennium largely driven by spiritual needs, has become core to economic and social…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Leadership, Educational Improvement, Colleges
Langley, Wayne M. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Higher education is at a crossroads, not only in the U.S. but also globally. This challenge is prompting an immigrant union to once again take up the labor movement's historic role of speaking for the common good and the broad interests of working people. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 615 represents 18,000 property service…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Higher Education, Adjunct Faculty, Stakeholders
Dyer, Georges – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Leaders in higher education are standing up to the greatest challenge today by providing education for sustainability, preparing graduates to create a sustainable economy. They are providing the opportunity for more students to access higher education by reigning in costs through energy efficiency and smart building. And by demonstrating…
Descriptors: Climate, Higher Education, Sustainable Development, Energy Conservation
Modestino, Alicia Sasser – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Over the past decade, policymakers and business leaders across New England have been concerned that the region's slower population growth and loss of residents to other parts of the country will lead to a shortage of skilled labor--particularly when the baby boom generation retires. Prior to the Great Recession, the concern was that an inadequate…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Postsecondary Education, Population Growth, Baby Boomers
Harney, John O. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2011
New England universities performed more than $4 billion worth of research and development (R&D) in 2009, but the region's share of total R&D performed by all U.S. universities remained at 7.3%, down from more than 10% in the 1980s. The region's university research labs have been world-famous for ideas that breed companies and whole…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Research Projects, Higher Education, Universities
Gross, Karen – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In the context of the recent efforts to arrive at a federal budget, articles abound in the popular media and trade publications debating both the value of Pell Grants and their rising cost to the U.S. government. Both pros and cons of the debate hold value. Pell Grants are what enable many low-income families to send their children to college and,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Low Income, Eligibility, Credits
Halfond, Jay A. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2011
U.S. universities have had century-long success in absorbing existing professions into their curricula--by making academe their gatekeeper. These professions often started with apprenticeships and short training courses leading to a certification examination--and were then elevated and "academized" into a comprehensive body of knowledge,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Professional Occupations, Academic Degrees, Credentials
Adelman, Cliff – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2010
People have a habit of taking international comparisons of various aspects of higher education that are produced in--to put it gently--dubious ways, and delighting in their terrible and/or falling position. It's time to cease and desist this self-flaggelatory habit. Even rhetorically, as a goad to improve, the statements have been uttered so often…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Demography, Comparative Analysis
Jones, Stan; Soo, David – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2010
The U.S. once had the world's highest percentage of adults with a college degree, but has now dropped to 10th, according to the OECD. In an attempt to reverse this slide, a number of policymakers and foundations have sought to make increased degree attainment a national priority. President Obama has articulated the goal that America will regain…
Descriptors: Credentials, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Educational Attainment
Puukka, Jaana – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2009
As university leaders have long argued, the contribution of higher education to national and regional economies is considerable. Although the importance of universities in their local economies is not usually contested, much more should and could be done to take full advantage of higher education in regional and city development. Why have the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Role of Education, Economic Impact
Cesareo, Francesco C. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2007
One of the most significant and important challenges facing any president of a Catholic college or university is maintaining and enhancing the religious identity and mission of the institution in the midst of the pluralism that exists on every Catholic campus in the United States. Catholic colleges and universities are at an important crossroad, a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Catholic Schools, Catholics, Church Related Colleges