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

September 13, 2012
Last fall, Occupy Student Debt, an activist group, called on students to stop paying their student loan bills as a form of protest. Now another group has called for burning those bills on Sept. 22, promising a 20-foot high "ceremonial fire" in Hollywood.
September 13, 2012
A Congressional committee argues over whether graduate students at private universities should be allowed to unionize.
September 13, 2012
The Council of Independent Colleges, a group representing more than 600 private liberal arts colleges and universities, is arguing against what it says are myths about student debt (and for its members' affordability) in a new presentation, indicating that the concern around growing student debt might be affecting the group.
September 12, 2012
Tying a college's Pell Grant eligibility to completion rates could undermine college access for poor and minority students, especially at community colleges, Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of, wrote in an analysis Monday. Rather than focus on completion rates, Kantrowitz argued, more focus should be placed on increasing the number of Americans with college degrees -- a focus that could even cause completion rates to fall if more students enroll and do not all complete college.
September 11, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a series of amendments to its July report on private student loans, including two statisti
September 7, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a speech accepting his nomination for re-election Thursday night, President Obama laid out an ambitious higher education goal for his second term: he said he’d “work with colleges and universities” to slow the rise in college tuition by half over the next decade -- but gave no details on how he would accomplish that. It was the first discussion at the Democratic National Convention of what education policy might look like in a second Obama term.
September 6, 2012
Several discussions at the Democratic National Convention have focused on whether college students will turn out for Obama, as they did in 2008.
September 5, 2012
Education played a big role on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.  
September 4, 2012
The Democrats' positions on higher education center on what the administration has done.
September 4, 2012
Gathering in Charlotte attracts representatives from across academe, including two of tonight's speakers.


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