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 13, 2011
Members of the faculty at Shorter University, which recently instituted new faith statements that, among other requirements, ban gay staff members, have consulted with the American Association of University Professors, which is concerned that the new requirements threaten academic freedom.
December 13, 2011
Congressional negotiators are close to reaching agreement on a $1 trillion budget for the federal government in 2012, with a vote expected by the end of the week. The measure would draw from competing House and Senate budget plans to pay for the Pell Grant Program, enacting changes to both the grant program itself and to subsidized undergraduate student loans.
December 12, 2011
To win Republican senators' support, letter opposing new Defense Department policies on tuition assistance was changed to eliminate references to for-profit colleges as "subpar" institutions.
December 9, 2011
Senator Grassley revives his criticism of how colleges and universities use their endowments.
December 8, 2011
Simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to include only information already provided to the IRS would increase the number of upper-income families eligible for aid at the state and federal level, according to a report released Wednesday by the College Board and the Lumina Foundation for Education.
December 6, 2011
A meeting between Obama and college presidents appears to mark a forthcoming policy shift.
December 2, 2011
Obama invites small group of college presidents for a discussion on access, affordability and productivity.
December 1, 2011
Years after a court case gave a state Baptist convention more control over Shorter U., it is moving to become more "intentionally Christian" -- in part by defining who may not work there.
December 1, 2011
A Congressional subcommittee and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are both taking steps to address rising tuition costs.
November 30, 2011
Federal panel wants to include transfers in community college rates -- an idea institutions are applauding.


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