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

February 14, 2013
In President Obama's State of the Union comments about "alternative" review system, advocates for "disruption" see an opening for more innovation.
February 14, 2013
Saying that student borrowers have been left out of the "refinancing boom" that has resulted from low interest rates, Campus Progress, a branch of the Center for American Progress called for a federal program allowing refinancing for student loans — including private student loans — at a lower rate. Unsubsidized undergraduate loans, and all graduate loans, currently have a 6.8 percent interest rate.
February 13, 2013
In his State of the Union address and accompanying documents, the president calls for changing accreditation to focus more on college prices and "value."
February 12, 2013
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gave his stamp of approval to states' collecting and disseminating information on graduates' salaries, alarming some college leaders.
February 12, 2013
The latest in a series of papers on redesigning the federal financial aid system calls for doubling the Pell Grant, reconfiguring how the government accounts for student loan default risks and requiring risk-sharing at colleges that receive the majority of revenue from federal funds.
February 11, 2013
As lay presidents have multiplied at Roman Catholic colleges, their spouses have found themselves defining a role without precedent on campus.
February 7, 2013
Catholics for Choice offers critique of the group that regularly charges colleges with not being Catholic enough.
February 7, 2013
Newly released estimates from the Congressional Budget Office say the Pell Grant is on better fiscal footing than expected, postponing the funding crisis.
February 6, 2013
Representative Virginia Foxx uses allusion to the Holocaust to criticize private college presidents for not defending for-profit institutions against regulations.
February 6, 2013
Mandatory cuts to domestic and defense spending are scheduled to take place March 1, but President Obama called on Congress to postpone the cuts Tuesday with a "smaller package of tax cuts and spending changes." The large-scale mandatory cuts, known as sequestration, were originally scheduled to take effect at the beginning of this year, but were postponed as part of the year-end tax deal.


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