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

July 12, 2011
"Classical Christian" colleges turn to the Great Books curriculum in order to advance a small but growing sector of higher education.
July 8, 2011
Study of impact of need-based financial aid finds that extra grants helped the students least likely to succeed, but did little to boost overall academic progress.
June 30, 2011
U.S. Education Department has released lists -- 54 in all -- of most and least expensive colleges and those increasing tuition at the fastest rate. Will they matter?
June 29, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO — How far can colleges go to stop students who are threatening to commit suicide?It’s a fundamental question for college and university officials who work in the fields of student affairs, counseling and mental health -- and for the lawyers who may have to deal with the aftermath, and sometimes see mental health issues as a minefield of potential litigation.
June 28, 2011
As adjunct numbers grow, campus lawyers must be prepared to deal with their demands when negotiating contracts, two lawyers told their peers.
June 24, 2011
Congress may yet block an Education Department rule requiring colleges to obtain state authorization, but the state regulations themselves won’t vanish so easily.
June 16, 2011
A bipartisan group of legislators votes to advance a bill that would block rules governing state authorization and the definition of a credit hour.
June 15, 2011
College presidents applaud Obama administration's commitment to the program, but worry about some proposed changes.
June 13, 2011
As U.S. panel brainstorms about big-picture changes to accreditation, ending agencies' role as gatekeepers and moving away from a regional system appear to gain favor.
June 9, 2011
As the federal committee that oversees accrediting agencies meets, the consensus is that the Education Department is becoming more stringent.


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