The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. In pursuit of this mission, we work across the six New England states to:
Engage and assist leaders in the assessment, development, and implementation of sound education practices and policies of regional significance.
Promote programs, and best practices to assist the states in implementing important regional higher education policies.
Promote regional cooperation and programs that encourage the efficient use and sharing of educational resources.
Provide leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.
NEBHE was founded in 1955, when six visionary New England governors – realizing that the future prosperity of New England rested on higher education – committed their states to the shared pursuit of academic excellence. Soon thereafter, NEBHE was approved by New England's six state legislatures and authorized by the U.S. Congress.
Much has changed since our founding: New technologies have transformed our workplaces, schools, and homes – and postsecondary education has become a prerequisite to economic prosperity, social mobility, and civic engagement. Yet the importance of higher education to the regional economy remains as critical as ever. New England's economy and quality of life depend on the quality and diversity of our region's extraordinary higher education resources.
About Our Programs
The Regional Student Program (RSP) "Tuition Break" is one of New England’s oldest higher education cost-saving and resource-sharing collaborations. It saves 8,958 New England students and their families an average of $7,900 on tuition bills annually, with a total tuition savings of more than $58 million. Through the RSP, New England residents are eligible for a significant tuition discount when they enroll at out-of-state public colleges and universities in the region and pursue approved degree programs not offered by their home-state public institutions. It includes over 850 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many in specialized or high-demand fields.
During the 2015-16 academic year, a total of 8,958 New England residents were enrolled under the RSP and saved an estimated $58 million on their 2015-16 tuition bills. Students enrolled full time saved an average of $7,900. Since it was established in 1957, the RSP has provided New England states with total savings estimated to be well over $1.3 billion in current dollars.
NEBHE’s program not only provides much-needed tuition relief to New England students and families but also fosters cost-efficient resource-sharing among the six New England states. The RSP also reduces academic program duplication at public colleges and universities, saving billions of in capital and operating expenditures.
The region’s public colleges and universities received nearly $69 million in tuition revenue from the RSP students enrolled at their campuses in 2015-16. The RSP helps participating campuses attract and retain out-of-state New England students to specialized programs that may be otherwise undersubscribed and financially imperiled.
TheNew England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE) is the region’s primary platform for the timely discussion of the higher education issues affecting colleges and universities. It offers the best and most up-to-date thinking on issues affecting higher education and connects top decision-makers to key data, commentary and expertise through interactive and timely online offerings. NEJHE also offers commentary and analysis about New England higher education and its relationship to the economy and quality of life.
Content for the Journal section—generally in-depth features from expert contributors—is refreshed weekly. Content for the Newslink section—including event announcements, comings and goings and federal education news—is updated as often as daily. All posts are also distributed via Twitter and Facebook and emailed to opinion leaders in our weekly NEJHE NewsBlast.
Among longer-standing collaborations, we continue to work with the New England Council to create our DC Shuttle column on higher education news from the U.S. capital and with the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) to post job openings in higher education.
NEBHE is widely regarded as the region’s top convener of senior leaders on issues related to higher education, public policy and the economy. NEBHE is known for addressing timely and compelling issues, providing cutting-edge perspectives and providing critical professional development and networking opportunities to the region’s leaders. Recent high-profile convenings include: the Summit on Cost in Higher Education; University Unbound: How Higher Education Can Compete and Survive the Age of Free and Open Learning; and Reinventing the University: New Models & Innovations for 21st Century Realities.
NEBHE’s Policy and Research programs and activities provide best practices, resources and information to higher education stakeholders on issues such as college affordability, college readiness and student success. Innovative programs include grant-funded projects such as the Developmental Math Demonstration Project, a partnership with Khan Academy to innovate developmental math courses across the region; the Redesigning Student Aid Project, a two-year effort to support New England states in redesigning their financial aid policies and programs; and the New England Data Project intended to help expand the region’s capacity to use data to improve college readiness and success.
Other activities include timely data analysis and publications on higher education policy issues such as student transfer and performance-based funding as well as regional convenings of legislative, institutional, and state higher education leaders.In addition, NEBHE works closely with its peer regional compacts to develop the regional and nationwide aspects of a nationwide reciprocity framework, governing structures, and financing model known as the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). This collaborative program will save New England institutions millions of dollars in fees and increase student access to high quality online programs.
NEBHE’s Professional & Curriculum Development programs provide cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum with a focus on “problem-based learning” (PBL) to college faculty in collaboration with secondary school teachers. The project continues to build upon six previous grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program (ATE). NEBHE is in the midst of a three-year New England-wide PBL project in Advanced Manufacturing. This is the third PBL grant that NEBHE has received from NSF/ATE.