Education

Paying For It
9:17 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt

Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation.  And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans. 

Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RI Board Of Education Tackles ACLU Petition

A public discussion over making test scores part of the high school graduation requirement will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

It took a court order, but the Board of Education will hold a public vote on a petition over whether high school diplomas should be linked to test scores.  

Some 4,000 students failed to pass the NECAP last fall, many of them from urban schools. ACLU director Steve Brown said what’s now known about who failed the test should be an influence.

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Education
9:08 am
Thu April 24, 2014

URI Professor Awarded National Honor

Dr. Robert Ballard at the office of Naval Research.
Credit U.S. Navy

One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor.  Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.  Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s.  He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

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RI Higher Education
1:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community

An artist rendering of the center, which will house offices, a conference room, and a multi-use spaces.
Credit URI

The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.

URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.  State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages.  Annie Russell is the center’s director.

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RI Higher Education
8:34 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police

The University of Rhode Island's sprawling North Kingston campus.
Credit RIPR FILE

The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.  It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.

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Education
8:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Bill That Could Eliminate High Stakes Testing

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The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would ban test scores as a high school graduation requirement. A state policy requiring test scores has come under fire from critics, who say it is unfair to low income and minority students. But State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has been a strong supporter, arguing that it will ensure that no student graduates from a Rhode Island high school without basic knowledge of math and English.

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Education
11:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

RI ACLU Report Finds Large Racial Disparities In School Suspensions

A study of student suspensions in Rhode Island public schools in the last academic year finds large racial disparities.

According to the report by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, schools suspended many more black and Hispanic students than they suspended white students for what appears to be mostly minor discipline violations.

The ACLU reports black students were suspended at the highest rate in nine years, while white students were suspended at record low rates.

Education
11:42 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Brown 250: Vartan Gregorian on Brown's Impact on RI

Vartan Gregorian served as president of Brown University from 1989 to 1997.
Credit The Carnegie Corporation

We’ve been speaking with leaders and graduates of Brown University as Brown celebrates its 250th anniversary, in a series we call Brown 250.

Today, we delve into Brown’s impact on Rhode Island in the past, and its potential for the future, with former Brown President Vartan Gregorian.

He spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison from his office at the Carnegie Corporation in New York.

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Education
9:09 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Brown 250: University President Christina Paxson

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit RIPR FILE

Brown celebrates its 250th Birthday this week, and Rhode Island Public Radio has been speaking with some of the best minds at Brown about the university’s history and what makes it unique. Current Brown President Christina Paxson stopped by our studio to talk about her view of Brown. She came to the university from Princeton just last year, so I asked her what makes Brown different from Princeton.

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Arts & Culture
9:20 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Brown 250: Playwright Lynn Nottage On The Future Of Theater

Playwright Lynn Nottage speaks with Rhode Island Public Radio's performing arts critic Bill Gale.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th with a series of conversations with graduates, leaders and historians. Thursday we're focusing on the arts. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale sat down with alum and playwright Lynn Nottage about her work and the future of the theater.

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