Last year, the White House issued an executive order barring the deportation of high school students whose parents came to this country illegally. They were encouraged to apply for a special immigration status that could, ultimately, lead to citizenship. Now, seven of those students are suing to qualify for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities.
The University of Virginia’s “warning status” has been lifted by its accreditation agency, following a number of policy changes by the Board of Visitors.
The 12-month warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, followed last year’s removal of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, by the university’s Board of Visitors. The removal was highly unpopular both on and off-campus, leading to widespread complaints and protests. The board unanimously reinstated Sullivan within several weeks.
After a unanimous vote, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors this afternoon named the university’s next president.
55-year-old Timothy Sands, the provost of Purdue University will be the 16th president of Virginia Tech.
Sands holds an endowed chair in engineering at Purdue—and specializes in the growing field of nanotechnology, with applications for many high-tech uses. He’s published more than 250 refereed papers, and has been granted 16 patents in electronic materials. Last year he served as Purdue’s acting president.
Virginia’s colleges and universities may not get all—if any—of the funds they are requesting for news construction projects.
But the State Council for Higher Education is recommending that lawmakers make maintenance a major priority in the new biennial budget. The Council is also recommending continued funding of "Top Jobs 21"—a major education initiative started by Governor McDonnell.
Virginia Western Community College celebrated the newest building on campus Wednesday, a center for students of science and health professions.
Governor Bob McDonnell joined Virginia Western President Robert Sandel, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s community college system, to dedicate Virginia Western’s Horace G. and Ann H. Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions.