Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence. The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.
One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students. “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”
The full Board of Education votes Monday on tuition increases for students at the university of Rhode Island, Rhode Island college and the state's community college system. State higher education officials call it a modest increase. They say it is necessary after two years with no increases at URI, and three years with no increase at CCRI.
The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.
According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.
The national average for student debt was $28,400.
The New England Institute of Technology says it is ready to begin an expansion long in the works for its East Greenwich campus. The project will include the technical college’s first residential dorm, a fitness facility and new classroom and dining space.
“This is an exciting day for New England Tech,” President Richard Gouse said in a statement announcing the project. “This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history.”
Rhode Island College holds a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Alex and Ani Hall. The $17 million renovation project created the university’s first-ever arts building.
The 1958 building originally housed a student center, cafeteria, and library. RIC President Nancy Carriuolo says the renovated building has plenty of natural light and a special ventilation system to make sure the studios are safe for art making.
The University of Rhode Island kicks off its annual Honors Colloquium lecture series Tuesday. This year’s theme is cyber security.
Stories of computer hacking seem to be all over the news these days. Most recently Home Depot’s payment systems were hacked, leaving debit card information potentially exposed. URI professor of computer science Ed LaMagna said that most people are unaware just how vulnerable they are online.
A grand jury will not indict two Brown University football players who were accused of sexual assault by a student at Providence College. Universities around the country are facing controversy over how they handle sexual assault. Brown is one of more than 70 colleges under federal investigation.
Critics say colleges should do more to protect students and punish perpetrators of sexual assault. Brown officials have been reviewing their policy, and new students arriving on campus this week will receive more training on sexual assault.
Rhode Island's Board of Education has selected former Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell to lead the state's college system.
The board voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to appoint Purcell as the new commissioner of higher education. Details of his contract remain under negotiation, but Purcell is expected to earn between $135,000 and $175,000, which is considerably less than his $275,000 contract in Louisiana.