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Wilson, Blenda J. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
The national Commission on the Future of Higher Education provides some deserved criticism of the way U.S. higher education currently works. Insofar as higher education institutions are the intellectual and economic engines that power New England, it is prudent for them to re-examine higher education in New England today from the perspective of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
The Spellings Commission report calls for greater access to higher education for low- and moderate-income students, greater transparency in the way higher education works and greater accountability for producing results. These recommendations are all significant in their own right, but the three concepts also converge to provide powerful support…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Democratic Values, Accountability, Access to Education
Long, Bridget Terry; Ansel, Dana – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
A college degree has become the ticket to the middle class. Yet, at the same time, the cost of achieving this milestone has increased considerably. For many students and families, the only way to meet the substantial cost of higher education is to take out loans. While some amount of debt may be acceptable--after all, it is important for students…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Debt (Financial), College Graduates, Paying for College
Haycock, Kati; Gerald, Danette – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
There has been a surge of attention to issues of access and success in higher education. The U.S. Education Secretary's Commission on the Future of Higher Education has discussed it. State policymakers are proposing new goals and accountability systems to address these issues. Even the mainstream press has been increasingly critical of higher…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Graduation Rate, Accountability
Adelman, Clifford – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
In this article, the author explores ways to determine what students learn in college and how well colleges teach them. The author offers two markers--one for graduating students and one for the institution from which the students graduate. The first marker, a comprehensive examination in a student's major, would be required as a condition of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standard Setting, Higher Education, College Students
Smith, Robert B.; Fleming, Dana L. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
The number and complexity of state and federal regulations governing U.S. colleges and universities is on the rise. Consumerism, soaring tuition costs, burgeoning student loan debt and the high expectations of parents are all converging to put higher education under increased scrutiny. Two related issues: students feeling like they do not get…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Malpractice, Tuition, Accountability
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
"Connection" presents its "Annual Directory of New England Colleges and Universities," providing a wealth of information on New England higher education. For more than a quarter of a century, this college and university directory has been the publication of record for those seeking important information about New England…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Universities, Community Colleges
Kennedy, Edward M. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
In this new era of globalization, it is more important than ever for the American citizens to have a college education so they can obtain good jobs and have a fair chance at the American Dream, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to get such an education--including in New England. According to the most recent report of the College…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Aid, Student Loan Programs, Public Colleges
Wilson, Jack M. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
When the author testified last year before the national Commission on the Future of Higher Education created by U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, he congratulated the commission for training a spotlight on the key issues of affordability, accessibility and accountability, while pointing out what he felt were some of the shortcomings of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests
Spellings, Margaret – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
Higher education in America had its origins in New England more than 350 years ago. Since then, America's colleges and universities have been the incubators of great ideas, birthplaces of great inventions, and testing grounds of great individuals. For generations of New Englanders, a college education has provided the opportunity to fully embrace…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Higher Education, Quality of Life, Education Work Relationship
Addy, Cathryn L. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
In this article, the author states that it is hard to argue with much of the report from the national Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Many of its conclusions and recommendations echo criticisms that have been leveled at higher education for years, and others borrow from reforms already underway on various campuses. However, some of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Colleges, Debt (Financial)
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
Nicholas C. Donohue is the new president and CEO of the Quincy, Massachusetts-based Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England devoted exclusively to education. Donohue has been a classroom teacher, a university trustee, and commissioner of education for the state of New Hampshire. Most recently, he served as special…
Descriptors: Social Indicators, Private Financial Support, Administrators, Academic Achievement
Mohler-Faria, Dana – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
For the first time in many years, Massachusetts has an "Education Governor." Swept into the corner office on the strength of an historic grassroots movement and a mission of civic renewal, Governor Deval Patrick has put education at the top of his list of priorities--and it is little wonder why. Like so many who have experienced success…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement
Schneider, John C. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
Grant programs that had been relatively open-ended were now tightly drawn, grounded in the foundations' own carefully articulated take on issues and receptive only to proposals that responded appropriately. Initiative and creativity had shifted heavily from prospective grantee to grantor. As foundations embraced this funding-by-agenda, it burdened…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Grants, Philanthropic Foundations, Humanities
Butler, Lawrence M. – Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, 2007
Dashboard reports--like an automobile's instrument panel--present quick, comprehensible overviews of the institution's status and direction. Instead of speed, RPM and engine temperature, dashboard reports display comparable measures of organizational performance and mission effectiveness. These key performance indicators (KPIs) are presented in…
Descriptors: Enrollment, School Holding Power, Benchmarking, Academic Achievement
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