Colleges & Universities

Mallory Noe-Payne

Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the state’s most diverse four-year colleges. But if you’re a student there you may not see that diversity in who’s teaching you. While 15% of VCU students are African-American, only 5% of full-time faculty are.
Students are demanding that VCU fix that problem-- and fast.

Christopher Brooks welcomes me to his office on VCU’s campus in the heart of downtown Richmond.

Surprising Science

Dec 9, 2015
University of Virginia

Scientific discoveries are often the product of painstaking research over years, but once in a while laboratories get lucky.  Such was the case at the University of Virginia’s  Immunology Center, where an effort to better understand the immune system led to a finding that could help treat anemia.  Sandy Hausman has that story. 

Students at Virginia Tech are getting a real taste of what it’s like to deal with invasive species.  Once they’re established, it’s almost impossible to eradicate them, but as we hear in this report, some are saying, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em.  Eat ‘em.

“OK most creative: We have a tie for second …”

Assistant professor of invasive plant pathology, Jacob Barney is announcing the winners at this invasive species potluck.

“And we have the crawfish cornbread.  But the clear favorite was the ice cream.”

VCU Commended for Closing Minority Graduation Gap

Dec 7, 2015
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Virginia colleges have made strides in raising graduation rates for black and latino students, with VCU leading the way. That's according to a report from the Education Trust.

The study collected data on every public school in the country. It looked at each college's graduation rates today, and 10 years ago, comparing the rates for minority students to their white peers.

The chorus of holiday songs will reach a fever pitch in the next few weeks.  But there are other ways to celebrate the season.  Every year, the Radford University music department rekindles a holiday tradition known as the “Madrigal Dinner.”

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