higher education http://ripr.org en 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 PC Responds to Basketball Sexual Assault Claims http://ripr.org/post/pc-responds-basketball-sexual-assault-claims <p>Providence College officials are urging the public not to rush to judgment after <em>The Wall Street Journal </em>reported a police investigation of two basketball players, as the Friars head to Texas for the first round of NCAA tournament.</p><p>PC Spokesman Steve Maurano says the school conducted its own investigation of the sexual assault allegations when they first surfaced in November.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:59:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30696 at http://ripr.org Brown 250: Ted Widmer On The University's Future http://ripr.org/post/brown-250-ted-widmer-universitys-future <p>All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th birthday with a series of conversations reflecting on its past and looking into the Ivy League university's&nbsp;future. This morning (Wednesday) Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay talks with historian Ted Widmer about Brown's more recent past and where it's heading in the future.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:37:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 29988 at http://ripr.org Brown 250: Ted Widmer On The University's Future Congress Documents Struggle of Adjunct Professors http://ripr.org/post/congress-documents-struggle-adjunct-professors <p>One part-time faculty member says,"I earned so little that I sold my plasma on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pay for [my child’s] daycare costs.” Others describe turning to food stamps and earning salaries below the federal poverty level. The comments are detailed in a <a href="http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/sites/democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/files/documents/1.24.14-AdjunctEforumReport.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:33:08 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28270 at http://ripr.org Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition http://ripr.org/post/roger-williams-university-lower-law-school-tuition <p>Roger Williams University is taking a step you don’t hear about very often. It’s lowering its law school tuition by eighteen percent.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Roger Williams University Law School, like many around the country, has seen a significant drop in applications.&nbsp;&nbsp; Not only is the price of law school prohibitive,&nbsp; but those who can afford it often find it difficult to land jobs once they pass the bar.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:49:54 +0000 Flo Jonic 27753 at http://ripr.org Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted http://ripr.org/post/fewer-undocumented-students-take-advantage-state-tuition-policy-predicted <p>Seventy four undocumented students have enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities.</p><p>They’re taking advantage of a policy the state adopted in 2011.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The controversial policy allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at any of Rhode Island’s schools of higher education. The seventy-four students taking advantage of the policy is about half the number lawmakers predicted. Ana Cano-Morales is the head of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. She offers several reasons for the lower-than-expected numbers.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:43:44 +0000 John Bender 26590 at http://ripr.org Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted Study Questions Use of MOOCs http://ripr.org/post/study-questions-use-moocs <p>A <a href="http://www.gse.upenn.edu/pressroom/press-releases/2013/12/penn-gse-study-shows-moocs-have-relatively-few-active-users-only-few-persisti" target="_blank">new study</a> out of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education has found that, on average, just four percent of people who sign up for online courses complete them. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:23:28 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 26161 at http://ripr.org Study: RI Ranks High for Student Debt http://ripr.org/post/study-ri-ranks-high-student-debt <p>A <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/classof2012.pdf" target="_blank">new study</a> by the Institute for College Access and Success shows Rhode Island students carry the fifth highest debt burdens in the country. The study looked at student loans for the class of 2012. The average in Rhode Island was $31,156.</p><p></p><p>Several other New England state also ranked high on the list, including Maine and New Hampshire, which ranked second. The average student loan rate in New Hampshire was $32,698.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:28:39 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 26093 at http://ripr.org Ed Board to Vote on Two-Council Plan http://ripr.org/post/ed-board-vote-two-council-plan <p>Rhode Island’s Board of Education votes Monday on a plan to split the board in to two separate councils. One council would focus on K-12 education, while the other would focus on higher education.</p><p>The plan comes after the state merged its separate boards of education, citing the need for better coordination of public schools and universities. Supporters said they were tired of hearing business and higher education leaders complain that graduates of Rhode Island high schools were unprepared for life after high school.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:08:26 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 25966 at http://ripr.org Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country http://ripr.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-rise-college-campuses-across-country <p>College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.</p><p></p><p>But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.</p><p>The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:01:20 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 25678 at http://ripr.org Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country