The new budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee is a complex document, so here are a few highlights for schools and colleges.
There's a slight increase in this budget proposal for public colleges and universities. Oddly, officials disagree about the exact amount of the increase. The governor’s office first reported $8 million, but higher education officials say it’s closer to $6 million. The Office of Higher Education says it is grateful for any increase, after years of decreases under former Governor Don Carcieri.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Fleet Library at the Rhode Island School of Design is listed on "The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World." The list was compiled based on unique, beautiful or intriguing architecture as judged by BestMastersPrograms.org.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Students of the defunct Sawyer School were reunited with their academic transcripts Thursday at a fair run by the state Office of Higher Education. The for-profit trade school closed abruptly just after Christmas, leaving 300 students in Rhode Island and another 1,200 in Connecticut with nowhere to go.
The good news this week is that American students stack up better against their international counterparts, if socio-economic background is taken into account. Edweek has a good roundup of the new study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Ten Rhode Island colleges and universities are teaming up to help the state out of its economic doldrums.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has announced the formation of the “Rhode Island Higher Education Research Collaborative.” Its mission: to provide nonpartisan data that will help state leaders develop sustainable economic policies.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) National Education Secretary Arne Duncan is about to pay a visit to Rhode Island’s capital city. Duncan will be in Providence February 12th to help launch “United Providence “ – a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a school district and a teacher’s union with the aim of improving public schools.
United Providence is currently working to improve three Providence schools – the Carl Laura Elementary School, Gilbert Stuart Middle School and Alvarez High School.
A new exhibit of work by the artist Christopher Ho entitled “Privileged White People” is now on view at New York’s Forever & Today, Inc. gallery. The show features large photographs of people like President Bill Clinton and the actor James Van Der Beek, of Dawson’s Creek fame.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The number of high school graduates is declining at a higher rate in Rhode Island than in the nation as a whole. That’s the conclusion of a report released by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Rhode Island joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in having projected losses of 15-percent or more in the number of high school graduates in the school years of 2008/2009 through 2019/2020.
State and federal law enforcement agencies are checking the books at the Sawyer School for criminal activity following its abrupt closure just after Christmas. State education officials have recovered student records from the school and are planning to hold an event at CCRI next week to provide transcripts and counseling for students wondering how to proceed with their degrees.