Colleges & Universities

Virginia Commonwealth University says it will no longer require the SAT test for applicants who have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher.  Vice Provost Luke Schultheis  says the test appeared to be biased in favor of students whose parents had attended college, while those who were the first generation of a family to apply did worse.

Students who are first generation, on average, would have a 70-point lower score than students who were not first generation with the same GPA

Does just seeing Ronald McDonald put you in the mood for a burger and fries?  Well, that effect is even stronger for children, who are bombarded with billions of dollars worth of food advertising brought to them by the media characters they love. 

It’s the low hanging fruit in the childhood obesity epidemic.  Redirect the power of advertising to promote foods to children that are lower in salt, sugar and fat.  And by promote, researchers mean, use the extraordinary power of media characters like Dora the Explorer and Tony the Tiger before her to deliver the message.

Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

The University is cooperating with an ongoing review of its handling of sexual assault complaints by the Office of Civil Rights. 

That may be one reason why the administration and student leaders pressed ahead with fraternity reforms, even after parts of a story in Rolling Stone Magazine were discredited. 

Fraternity members offer many reasons for joining up.  We spoke with several before UVA began its spring rush. Jalen Ross is an ardent member of Phi Delta Theta where he finally found the brotherhood he was looking for.

A day after Rolling Stone published an article describing a brutal rape at the University of Virginia , a former Washington and Lee student says he was expelled for having consensual sex with another student who some months later regretted the encounter and claimed she was sexually assaulted.