Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.
Bristol is home to the only law school in Rhode Island, at Roger Williams University . The law school is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As part of Rhode Island Public Radio’s series One Square Mile looking at Bristol, education reporter Elizabeth Harrison sat down with Law School Dean, David Logan, to ask about some of the challenges the school is facing today.
The University of Rhode Island will unveil its new work-out center this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this week on the new Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center.
It’s located in the former Roger Williams dining hall, which has undergone an eleven-million dollar renovation. It’s a 33-thousand square foot facility with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight lifting equipment.
Thomas Dougan, the university’s vice president for student affairs, said it replaces Mackal Field House, a much smaller facility that the school had long outgrown.
Providence College has cancelled a lecture by a Wayne State University philosophy professor who supports same sex marriage. The decision was founded on a belief that Catholic colleges should present both sides of a debate on controversial issues.
The head of the state’s Board of Education says she can’t comment on legal action taken against the board by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she’s going to let the legal process move forward. The ACLU took legal action this week saying a the board violated the open meetings law last week when it voted behind closed doors to reject a petition urging reconsideration of the NECAP testing requirement.
The State of Education in Rhode Island. A panel discussion moderated by Morning Edition host and education reporter Elisabeth Harrison. Panel includes Rhode Island public education leaders Deborah Gist and Eva-Marie Mancuso; David M. Dooley - President, University of Rhode Island; Nancy Carriuolo - President, Rhode Island College; and RIPR's Scott McKay.
Roger Williams University is reporting success with a new marketing tool. The tuition guarantee program takes the guesswork out of going to college.
Roger Williams University now offers all students a tuition guarantee. It’s an assurance that tuition will remain the same for all four years of an undergraduate’s education, provided the student stays enrolled continuously. University president Donald Farish said it’s not only increased the quality and size of their freshman class, but has boosted the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 78 to 84 percent.
It’s back to school season in Rhode Island. There’s an ever so subtle hint of fall in the air and schools around the state are opening their doors again for students after the long summer break.
With the first day of school comes that familiar mix of nerves and excitement. Will my friends be the same? What new people will I meet? Will I like my teachers? And perhaps no start of school is quite as nerve-wracking as the first day of junior high.