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

April 5, 2012
A federal panel charged with revamping the rules for many teacher training programs is still divided on many issues, especially how colleges should be evaluated.
March 30, 2012
Daniel Madzelan, a senior Education Department official who retired in January, reflects on the shifts he saw in a career overseeing financial aid policy.
March 29, 2012
College presidents from across Ohio gather for an unusual annual meeting convened by the state's senior U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown.
March 26, 2012
About 25 presidents from state colleges and universities met with White House and Education Department officials Friday for another discussion of President Obama's plans to try to make college more affordable.
March 23, 2012
Testifying before Congress on the administration's budget proposals, the education secretary fends off bipartisan questioning about new higher education programs.
March 22, 2012
College professors are perceived by the public as more unfriendly to religion now than they were seen in 2003, according to the results of a recent poll by the Pew Research Center. Thirty-two percent of respondents said college professors are "unfriendly" toward religion, 37 percent said they view professors as neutral on religion and 14 percent said college professors were friendly to religion.
March 22, 2012
Some student loan borrowers with the biggest debt loads didn't fully understand what they were getting into when they borrowed the money, a survey of those borrowers has found. The survey, by the advocacy group Young Invincibles and NERA Economic Consulting, asked borrowers who signed a petition about student loan forgiveness what they were told when they took out the loans.
March 21, 2012
A proposal announced Tuesday would cut Pell Grants and make student loans appear more costly on federal balance sheets.
March 20, 2012
High school dropouts used to be able to qualify for federal grants and loans based on a basic skills test. That ends in July, and community colleges are worried about what will happen to these students.
March 19, 2012
Religious colleges will have to offer free contraception on student health plans under new regulations that also eliminate benefit caps.


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