Education

Public universities are bracing for more budget cuts as the state copes with a $2.4 billion shortfall, but one of those schools is already fighting for its life. Virginia State – one of two historically black universities in the Commonwealth – faces a $19 million shortfall. Students are demanding the president be fired, and Friday the board of visitors will meet to discuss that and other possible changes.

 

 

Imagine being a Virginia resident obtaining an Ivy League education at a school such as Harvard—without having to pay all the costs associated with an out-of-state college experience. While that may not be possible at that specific university right now, a new state law authorizing on-line education reciprocity agreements between Virginia and other states could make that a reality in the near future.  

This month, two young women from India and Pakistan shared the Nobel Prize for promoting the rights of kids in their countries. 

Here in Virginia, another young woman is doing likewise – standing up to her high school principal and the school board. 

The dramatic growth in this country’s Hispanic population is not news – except, perhaps, in Richmond, where the public schools were apparently caught off guard.  Jesse Senechal is with a group called Richmond Teachers for Social Justice. 

Dr. Timothy Sands has been officially installed  as the 16th president of the University.

The former provost and acting president of Purdue, in Indiana, Sands got his Ph.D. from Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering.  Since he arrived in Virginia this past summer, he’s been talking with everyone from students and faculty to political leaders. 

The new president of Tech had been living the motto of the university, even before he ever knew the phrase that defines it, “Ut Prosim, “That I may serve.”

New College Costs Report Released

Oct 14, 2014

Spending on support functions at Virginia’s public colleges and universities is one reason that higher education costs have escalated over the last two decades.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which has been studying why the costs of a college education have soared.

The study also found that improving organizational structure and purchasing strategies could help rein in those costs.

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