higher education http://ripr.org en Board Appoints New Commissioner of Higher Education http://ripr.org/post/board-appoints-new-commissioner-higher-education <p>Rhode Island's Board of Education has selected former Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell to lead the state's college system.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:16:21 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35309 at http://ripr.org Civil Rights Leader To Speak At URI http://ripr.org/post/civil-rights-leader-speak-uri <p>Rev. Bernard Lafayette Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:18:04 +0000 Catherine Welch 34926 at http://ripr.org Civil Rights Leader To Speak At URI Don't Miss Our Series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt http://ripr.org/post/dont-miss-our-series-paying-it-rhode-islanders-struggle-student-debt <p></p><p>Recent college graduates in Rhode Island have some of the highest loan burdens in the country, according to a national study called the Project on Student Debt. At the same time, Rhode Island faces consistently high unemployment and a sluggish economy.</p><p></p><p>All that made me wonder what it’s like to finish college with significant debt, so I set out to meet some of the graduates facing this problem and the experts who study it. I’ve been amazed by the response to their stories.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:48:06 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 34522 at http://ripr.org Don't Miss Our Series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans http://ripr.org/post/after-graduation-navigating-world-student-loans <p>In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:53:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33668 at http://ripr.org After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large http://ripr.org/post/uncertain-futures-student-debt-looms-large <p>Colleges all across Rhode Island hold graduation ceremonies this month, and many of their students will receive diplomas and then face thousands of dollars in student loans. &nbsp;</p><p>As we continue our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looked at how mounting student loans are impacting students and the decisions they make about their future.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:13:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33600 at http://ripr.org Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists http://ripr.org/post/after-bankruptcy-and-divorce-student-debt-still-persists <p>Many Rhode Islanders are paying off student loans that average more than $31,000, one of the highest student debt burdens in the nation. As we continue our series Paying for It: Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt, we look at what happens when those loans are too much to handle.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Allison Dean at her house on a quiet street in Warwick, sandwiched between the airport and Narragansett Bay.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33494 at http://ripr.org After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans http://ripr.org/post/risd-graduate-faces-hundreds-thousands-student-loans <p>Rhode Island has the fifth highest rate of student loan debt in the country and experts say part of the reason is the large number of expensive, private colleges, like Bryant University, Providence College and Salve Regina in Newport. One of the most expensive is the Rhode Island School of Design.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:18:34 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33488 at http://ripr.org RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education http://ripr.org/post/fung-wants-split-ri-board-education <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.</p><p></p><p>Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:25:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 32621 at http://ripr.org Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education Johnson And Wales Students Take Top Prizes At Culinary Competition http://ripr.org/post/johnson-and-wales-students-take-top-prizes-culinary-competition <p>A major culinary conference wrapped up in Warwick, and Johnson &amp; Wales students came away big winners.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:30:46 +0000 Ben Becker 32366 at http://ripr.org Johnson And Wales Students Take Top Prizes At Culinary Competition URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community http://ripr.org/post/uri-breaks-ground-new-center-lgbtq-community <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p>URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Annie Russell is the center’s director.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:25 +0000 John Bender 32142 at http://ripr.org URI Breaks Ground On New Center For LGBTQ Community