Libby A. Nelson

Libby A. Nelson has covered federal policy, Congress and religious colleges for Inside Higher Ed since April 2011. She previously worked as a reporter for The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pa., and as an intern at the Chronicle of Higher Education, where she reported on the federal government in 2009 and 2010. While studying at Northwestern University, she worked as a reporting intern for the New York Times, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times. She graduated from Northwestern in 2009 with a degree in journalism. She is fluent in French.

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Most Recent Articles

February 6, 2013
Representative Virginia Foxx uses allusion to the Holocaust to criticize private college presidents for not defending for-profit institutions against regulations.
February 5, 2013
At the annual conference of private college group, presidents accuse Congress and the administration of imposing too few regulations on for-profit colleges and too many on everyone else.
February 1, 2013
Mandatory budget cuts are scheduled to take effect March 1. This time, colleges fear it might actually happen, but have little idea how the cuts would be applied.
February 1, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens an inquiry into colleges' agreements with banks and providers of preloaded debit cards.
January 31, 2013
The new president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities pledged to make the group "the happy warriors of a great and godly cause," telling the association's president that his goal was to create a movement of Christian colleges incorporating faith into all areas of academic life. "I want to make not just the spiritual case, but the educational and economic case -- and yes, there is an economic case -- for the integration of faith and learning," Edward O.
January 31, 2013
Federal financial aid programs should be quicker to punish colleges with high loan default rates and more vigilant in ensuring that all students are making satisfactory academic progress, a white paper released Wednesday by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities argued.
January 30, 2013
WASHINGTON —  A panel discussion at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's annual conference here Tuesday highlighted differences between Senate Democrats and House Republicans as the deadline for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act looms at the end of the year.
January 30, 2013
The president's proposal, as outlined Tuesday, would give citizenship to undocumented students and green cards to master's and Ph.D graduates in STEM fields.
January 29, 2013
The latest white paper in Gates-funded effort to rethink financial aid calls for a shored-up Pell Grant, streamlined student loans and the end of higher education tax credits.
January 29, 2013
The Board of Trustees at Cedarville University, a Baptist college in Ohio recently shaken by intradenominational arguments and the resignation of two administrators, voted Friday to cut the college's philosophy major and to approve the unexplained resignation of its vice president for student life.


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