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TERI leader receives awards from the New England Board of Higher Education and The College Board

Dr. Ann S. Coles, Senior Vice President of TERI’s College Access Programs is a recipient of the State Merit Award from the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Dr. Carlene Riccelli Leadership Award from the New England Regional Assembly of The College Board.

Dr. Coles is being honored for her 30 years of dedicated work helping low-income, first generation students gain access to college and other postsecondary programs. Her career highlights include establishing the Higher Education Information Center in Boston over 20 years ago and serving as Director of the Pathways to College Network, a national alliance of more than 40 organizations committed to using research-based best practices to improve postsecondary education access and success for the nation’s many underserved students.

Willis J. Hulings III, President and CEO of TERI, stated that, “All of us at TERI are very proud of what Ann Coles has achieved. There are a number of barriers that low-income and minority students and adults face each day in their pursuit of higher education. Providing them with guidance, information, and most importantly, encouragement is the key to helping these individuals achieve their aspirations. Ann’s leadership at TERI and visionary ability to develop partnerships in Massachusetts, across New England and nationally has ensured that at-risk students receive the services they need and that systematic change is undertaken.”

Each year, NEBHE presents six “merit awards” to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state. Additional awardees include: from Connecticut, William J. Cibes Jr., chancellor of the Connecticut State University System, and the late Norwalk Community College President William H. Schwab; from Maine, the Maine Policy Review published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center; from New Hampshire, Jobs for New Hampshire’s Graduates; from Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority; and from Vermont, the IBM/Vermont State Colleges/University of Vermont Education Consortium Project. The awards are being presented at the 2006 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards Dinner on February 24, 2006, at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

The Dr. Carlene Riccelli Leadership Award was presented at The College Board Regional Assembly on February 6, 2006 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

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TERI (The Education Resources Institute), a nonprofit organization in Boston, Massachusetts, promotes educational opportunities for all through its TERI College Access and its Loan Guarantee Programs.

TERI College Access manages programs targeting low-income individuals and those who are the first generation in their families to attend college. These programs raise student and adult aspirations to include college and other post-secondary education, provide guidance and information directly to students and their families on planning and paying for college, and support increased student achievement in middle and high schools. TERI College Access is also a national leader in promoting strategies for improving college access.

TERI’s Loan Guarantee Programs help students close the gap between education costs and their other resources such as financial aid, savings and family support. As the largest and oldest guarantor of private (non-government) student loans with more than $7 billion in outstanding guarantees, TERI brings together lenders, schools, students and families to make available low-cost, high quality financing for postsecondary education. The organization also works in a very successful strategic alliance with First Marblehead Corporation in this effort.

TERI is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation. For additional information, visit or