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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January 29, 2013
A blueprint for an eventual overhaul of the nation's immigration system, announced Monday by a bipartisan group of eight senators, would ease the path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants and award green cards to foreign students who graduate with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The plan calls for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, and those brought to the U.S.
January 28, 2013
President Obama is poised to propose immigration legislation, some of which has big implications for higher education.
January 28, 2013
A for-profit college has emerged as a leading choice for undocumented students in Arizona.
January 25, 2013
A white paper from the Committee for Economic Development, another entry in an effort by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to redesign federal financial aid to focus on completion, calls for a radical change to student aid: turning the Pell Grant and other need-based aid into block grants for states. The paper, "A New Partnership: The Road to Reshaping Federal & State Financial Aid," calls for requiring states to match 20 percent of federal funds with need-based aid of their own.
January 25, 2013
A report from a panel of higher education experts, including college presidents and foundation leaders, has called for changes to simplify federal financial aid in a white paper released Thursday.
January 24, 2013
The National Commission on Higher Education Attainment lists steps institutions can take to help more students finish college.
January 22, 2013
The resignation of a president and vice president, as well as a proposal to eliminate the philosophy major, have shaken a conservative Baptist college in Ohio.
January 18, 2013
North Dakota State U. wins $1.2 million grant for a sex education program, then -- after legislators protest -- says it might be illegal to use the money. Faculty accuse administrators of sacrificing academic freedom.
January 16, 2013
A "transdenominational" rabbinical school in California has named an Orthodox Jewish woman as its president, making her the first Orthodox woman to lead a Jewish seminary. Tamar Frankiel, who holds a Ph.D. in the history of religions, will lead the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Since Orthodox Jews do not ordain women, Frankiel is not a rabbi herself.
January 16, 2013
U.S. orders New York Institute of Technology and Cardean Learning Group to pay $4 million for illegally compensating recruiters based on how many students enrolled in new online college.


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