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

December 19, 2012
Two religiously affiliated colleges -- Augustana College and the University of the South -- decide whether to permit the blessing of same-sex unions in campus churches.
December 19, 2012
Representative Tom Petri, a Wisconsin Republican, introduced a bill in Congress on Monday that would restructure federal student loans, making all repayment income-based and withholding payments directly from borrower's paychecks through the Internal Revenue Service. The loans would be unsubsidized. Petri, who was an early supporter of direct lending, has proposed such a program before with little result; his latest bill, H.R. 6674, has no cosponsors.
December 18, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday released the procedures the agency will use to scrutinize lenders of private student loans, as well as the servicers for federally guaranteed loans, to ensure that they are complying with existing banking regulations.
December 18, 2012
A study suggests that guaranteeing a Pell Grant for low-income students as early as the eighth grade could increase college access and completion.
December 17, 2012
This year, gay students at evangelical colleges have been increasingly organized and vocal in pressing for change.
December 13, 2012
A debate about the future of veterinary medicine erupts at meeting of federal accreditation advisory committee.
December 12, 2012
A major regional accreditor raises questions about whether the Education Department's methods of evaluating such agencies are truly helpful.
December 10, 2012
A majority of Americans want education programs protected from the possible deep, mandatory spending cuts that will go into effect at the end of this year if Congress does not reach a budget deal, according to a poll released Friday by the Committee for Education Funding and the Foundation for Education Investments. The poll, conducted by YouGov, found 55 percent of Americans thought education spending should be protected from the cuts.
December 10, 2012
The National Institutes of Health has proposed new programs with implications for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the sciences.
December 7, 2012
In April, the Department of Defense said it would issue a revised version of the memorandum of understanding that colleges and universities must sign to participate in military tuition assistance programs in order to address concerns from some in higher education. On Thursday, after months of delay, a draft of the new version of the memorandum was officially announced.


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