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 4, 2012
The Democrats' positions on higher education center on what the administration has done.
August 31, 2012
An American journalism professor receives glowing evaluations at Zayed University, in the United Arab Emirates, and then is suddenly asked to leave his position -- and the country.
August 30, 2012
A University of Maryland at College Park study of undergraduates' political news consumption habits suggests that students are spending little time on election news. The study -- whose lead investigator, Elia Powers, is a former Inside Higher Ed reporter -- asked students to keep track of how much time they spent following the news before, during and after Super Tuesday, when 10 states voted in the Republican presidential primary.
August 28, 2012
A database of all students ever admitted to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf allows the college to more reliably show the economic payoff of its programs. 
August 28, 2012
A U.S. district court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit over the mandate that health insurance plans cover contraception from Wheaton College, the evangelical college in Illinois, saying the suit was premature.
August 23, 2012
A recently released poll of education leaders, including lawmakers and current and former Education Department staff, found that most think Mitt Romney's selection of Representative Paul Ryan as a running mate isn't terribly significant for education -- except for the future of the Pell Grant. "Education is not Paul Ryan's thing and he's not likely to focus on it," said one respondent, according to Whiteboard Advisors, which released the poll Wednesday.
August 23, 2012
A Christian college in Minnesota has joined a coalition opposing an amendment to that state's constitution to ban gay marriage. Augsburg College, associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced Tuesday that it had joined Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition of organizations working to defeat the proposed amendment.
August 22, 2012
Although the student loan interest rate crisis of the summer has been resolved, college affordability has continued to play a role in President Obama's campaign.
August 22, 2012
Community colleges should participate in the federal student loan programs and, when appropriate, encourage students to borrow -- as long as they counsel students against borrowing too much, according to "Making Loans Work," a report released Tuesday by the Institute for College Access and Success and the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association. About 3 percent of community college students borrow federal loans in California; borrow federal loans?
August 20, 2012
The Obama administration's policy to allow work permits for some students whose parents came to the U.S. illegally may have little direct impact on higher education, but colleges are helping students pursue the new status.


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