The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says many of the factors driving up the cost of university tuition and fees are NOT directly related to instruction. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has been examining higher education costs to determine the operational efficiency of the Commonwealth’s 15 four-year institutions-and whether ways can be found to reduce expenses. JLARC found that the soaring tuition increases have exceeded inflation.
Considering the rising cost of higher education and the weak job market for college graduates, students have a strong interest in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. A panel of university student leaders had pointedly questioned Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli during a Google "Hangout for Higher Ed.”
We told you recently nearly all the professors in Virginia Military Institute’s English Department had quit. Hear now from one of the profs still there.
Kurt Ayau is one of the few who remains in VMI’s English Department but he’s already let the administration know of his intention to resign, too. A VMI spokesman says the profs quit after the dean announced a curriculum change, focusing more on writing and less on literature. But Ayau says that was just the tip of the iceberg. The impetus for the change in curriculum he says, was a 2011 faculty evaluation.
Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber is in Atlanta, Georgia this week with other teachers from the Commonwealth and around the country. They're talking about such issues as class size, the federal sequestration, technology infrastructure in schools, and the future of the profession.