Colleges & Universities

Closing After 114 Years
4:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Push for Virginia Students May Have Backfired at Sweet Briar

These freshmen, along with sophomores and juniors, will have to find a new college.
Credit Sweet Briar College

The news that Sweet Briar College would close after 114 years of educating women caught many by surprise. But to one veteran educator, it's the culmination of a financial disaster wrought by rising costs, changing tastes, and more affordable alternatives.

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Education
2:57 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

UVA Students Vote On Softening 1842 Honor Code

Professors launched the Honor Code after an antebellum cheating scandal.
Credit Photo: Hawes Spencer

For 172 years, the University of Virginia has had a rule that students caught cheating, lying or stealing get kicked out. In the 21st century, that seems harsh to some, and students are now voting on whether to change the rule. 

Critics say the University of Virginia has expelled 183 students over the years for lying, cheating, or stealing -- but not a single person has been kicked out for sexual assault. What's more, the penalty for violating the Honor Code is so strict that last year, only two of those brought to trial by the Honor Committee were convicted.

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Link to the Past, Part of the Future
3:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UVA Looks to History, Italy in Fixing Rotunda

UVA President Teresa Sullivan shows off a Carrara marble capital.
Credit Hawes Spencer

Just as Thomas Jefferson did nearly 200 years ago, restoration experts for the University of Virginia's Rotunda have turned to history to bring this iconic building into the 21st Century.

Besides launching a Revolution in government, Thomas Jefferson launched a revolution in education. When founding the University, he placed at center not a church, as then the custom, but a library. However, the book collection eventually outgrew the space, and a 1970s renovation let the school's governing body, the Board of Visitors, claim nearly half the central floor.

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Leader in the Field
10:04 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Second Wind for Stability Tunnel at VT

If you think it’s windy outside, that’s nothing compared to the wind speeds inside the wind tunnel at Virginia Tech.  Built by NASA during World War Two to test aircraft stability, it remains one of the best of its kind in the world.

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Virginia Tech's Weekend Hackathon: A Force for Goo
5:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Meet the Hackers: A Force for Good

Credit VT Hacks Facebook, 2014

There’s a Hackathon set for this weekend at Virginia Tech. Students from around the country will be in Blacksburg. ---But no need to worry. These are not the same hackers who stage attacks on computers. 

"We need to throw out the misnomer. Hackathons are not really about getting together and hacking in to mainframes," says Computer Science major Brandon Potts, Transportation Coordinator for this weekend’s Hackathon at Virginia Tech.

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