Education

Education
6:24 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Virginia Tuition Costs Under Scrutiny

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.


 

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Education
8:07 am
Mon July 15, 2013

VA College Students Looking to Gubernatorial Race

Credit www.vconline.edu

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.”

More information at Virginia21.org


 

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Education
3:07 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

VMI English Professor Speaks About Resignations

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.

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Law & Crime
4:01 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

State Police Review ABC Arrest

Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control director says he’s asked state police to review an incident last spring that landed a UVA sorority girl in jail and created a public firestorm.  

A Virginia civil liberties group says the legislature should also be involved. 

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Government & Politics
3:30 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New July Laws: Education

More bills that have become state law as of July 1st include a series of changes in education policies that were key parts of the Governor's legislative agenda during this year's General Assembly session.

While the reforms were initially met with mixed reviews, many past and present education leaders on both sides of the political aisle now say that without them, some students could fall behind.

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