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Spaulding, Jeb – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees has decided to combine two small state colleges--Lyndon State College and Johnson State College--that have been the access institutions for the northern and often most economically challenged region of Vermont. Northern Vermont University will result from the unification. The unification will multiply…
Descriptors: State Colleges, Universities, Organizational Change, Educational Benefits
DiSalvo, Steven R. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
There are two initiatives that can dramatically change the way college pricing and student debt are being handled under the current system. Both are commonsense solutions that would, if accepted, dramatically help students, graduates and families burdened by the cost of tuition and the loans they take to earn their degrees. First, income-based…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Debt (Financial), Costs, Paying for College
Hassett, Tracy – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Tuition prices at colleges and universities are high. It is also true that salaries and benefits are the single biggest chunk of every higher education institution's (HEI) budget. And one of the largest and most difficult costs to contain is group employee health insurance. The situation is particularly difficult for smaller New England HEIs…
Descriptors: Budgets, Costs, Health Insurance, Colleges
Busteed, Brandon; Seymour, Sean – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Most employers hiring college graduates take it for granted that these candidates are more qualified than other potential employees who do not have a degree. Many job postings emphasize a college degree as a requirement for a position. There is longstanding evidence that people with college degrees make more money over their lifetime than those…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, College Graduates, Employees, Job Skills
Lischick, Caity McLaughlin – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Not long ago, "brand" was an unmentionable word in the higher education landscape--one that came with suspicious connotations of consumer packaged goods and retail. Today, however, there is increasingly broad acceptance that a higher education institution's (HEI's) brand is critical to attracting and retaining the best students and…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Mission, Reputation, Educational Research
Núñez, Elsa – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
The latest policy pronouncements on immigration reaffirm the need for comprehensive immigration reform in this country. It is time for Congress to decide how to balance securing our borders with the need for a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people already in the U.S. Known as "Dreamers," there is an entire generation…
Descriptors: Immigration, Undocumented Immigrants, Federal Legislation, Educational Opportunities
Patel, Pooja – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
The Trump administration has sent mixed signals about the future of the DACA program, creating uncertainty among recipients and their families. A leaked draft of an internal memo hinted that the Trump administration intends to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Given such ambiguity, advocates like Gregory Chen, the…
Descriptors: Undocumented Immigrants, Politics of Education, Federal Programs, Advocacy
Rhodes, Scott – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Learning the intricacies of STEM subjects can be a challenge, but teaching these complex subjects presents its own unique set of obstacles. Considering the rising demand for educated STEM professionals, students' dissatisfaction with university-level STEM education is both alarming and eye-opening. Given that competition among universities is…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Barriers, Educational Strategies, School Holding Power
Peat, Stafford – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
Students in New England take increasingly varied pathways to a degree. They are highly mobile and move among two-year colleges and four-year public and private higher education institutions (HEIs), among four-year and two-year colleges and back, and transfer in-state and out-of state. Four in 10 students who begin college at a New England…
Descriptors: Interstate Programs, College Transfer Students, Educational Benefits, Performance Factors
Morrison, Ira L. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
This article describes the expansion of the main campus of the Sacred Heart University (SHU) (Connecticut), with the recent purchase of 66-acres of space (former G.E. headquarters site). SHU named this new space their West Campus and it will used to house their School of Computing, (computer engineering, computer gaming and cybersecurity) and new…
Descriptors: Multicampus Colleges, School Expansion, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools
Dennis, Sophie Lampard – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
When students are offered choices within assignments it increases buy-in and, therefore, motivation toward the task--and ultimately for the class itself. As a professor in an academic setting in which many millennials seem to be suffering from a persistent lack of motivation, it was a no-brainer for the author to consider creating a way to offer…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Selection, College Students, Learner Engagement
Pérez, Angel B. – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
In this article Trinity College vice president for enrollment and student success, Angel Pérez addresses the nation's inability to offer consistent college preparation, academic rigor and counseling across varying socioeconomic communities. Research has highlighted the fact that standardized tests do more to keep low-income students out of top…
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Bound Students, College Preparation, Enrollment Management
Perkins, Michele – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
With high school populations declining throughout New England and in several other regions of the country, it's only natural to be concerned about the fiscal challenges confronting the nation's private colleges and universities. Forecasts by prominent higher education experts increasingly suggest that many, if not most, small private institutions…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Private Colleges, Higher Education, Geographic Regions
Bramson, Andrew; Enright, Sara – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
"Summer melt," an all-too-common phenomenon that predominantly affects low-income and first-generation students during a critical 100-day period between high school graduation and what should be the first day of college. Some students who have been accepted to college simply do not show up to enroll. Admissions officers nationwide have…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Partnerships in Education, College Bound Students, Student Attrition
D'Allesandro, Lou – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2017
The dream of an accessible education will now become a reality for many New Hampshire youngsters, thanks to a new University of New Hampshire (UNH) initiative called the Granite Guarantee Program. The UNH Granite Guarantee will begin with the incoming freshman class in fall 2017. An estimated 400 New Hampshire students will benefit from the…
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Freshmen, Tuition, State Aid
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