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

November 14, 2012
After exodus of faculty members and deans who couldn't meet newly imposed religious standards, some wonder if a Baptist college in Georgia is forever changed.
November 8, 2012
Obama has sketched an ambitious higher education agenda for his second term, but it's unclear who at the Education Department will be in charge of implementing it.
November 7, 2012
In many ways, President Obama's re-election represents a continuation. But he has already hinted at some of his higher education plans for his second term.
November 7, 2012
In the next session, Republican-controlled House and Senate led by Democrats will face a range of crises, including several with ramifications for higher education.
November 6, 2012
An influx of leaders from outside the denomination lead it into a discussion of religious mission and identity.
November 6, 2012
The American Association of University Professors has asked for a fuller explanation of the University of San Diego's decision last week to rescind an invitation to Tina Beattie, a British professor asked to be a visiting fellow at the Roman Catholic university, because of her positions on social issues.
November 6, 2012
The House Education and the Workforce committee has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate servicing issues in the Direct Loan program, including the performance of loans under both direct lending and federally guaranteed lending and servicing problems that some borrowers are reportedly experiencing.
November 2, 2012
A British theologian is asked not to be a visiting fellow at the University of San Diego, after her views on social issues draw criticism.
November 2, 2012
The Education Department on Thursday released final rules to make income-contingent repayment more generous and to make it easier for permanent disabled borrowers to discharge their loans. The rules, the result of negotiated rule-making sessions early this year, bring the income-contingent repayment program in line with an executive order President Obama issued in January.
October 31, 2012
Changes to grant eligibility are hitting transfer students, and returning dropouts, particularly hard.


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