Office of Higher Education en University Of Rhode Island's New Winter Semester A Success <p>The University of Rhode Island will be offering a mini semester during the January break to help students get caught up on course work.&nbsp; The semester will run from January 2<sup>nd</sup> to January 17<sup>th</sup>. One-hundred and twenty five students signed up during the first two days of enrollment.</p><p></p><p>Mini semester director John Olerio said students in especially demanding majors find it hard to finish their course work in four years.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:07:49 +0000 Flo Jonic 24245 at University Of Rhode Island's New Winter Semester A Success Office of Higher Ed in the Balance <p>Political Analyst Scott MacKay and Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison discuss leadership problems at the Rhode Island Office Higher Education, after Governor Lincoln Chafee announced he would rescind his pick for Higher Education Commissioner. The candidate, attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, raised ethics questions because she chairs the State Board of Education, the same board that would have to vote on her nomination.</p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp; Additional reporting for this story by Ian Donnis.</em></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:01:14 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & Scott MacKay 19297 at What Would Mancuso Move Mean for NECAP? <p>A vote Monday at the State Board of Education may create a leadership void at a key moment for opponents of a new test-based high school graduation requirement.</p><p>Those opponents have lined up some 20 people from the state’s higher education community to testify at Monday’s meeting, but they may be overshadowed by a vote to turn State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso into the state’s Interim Commissioner of Higher Education. Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Mancuso as his choice for the post on Friday.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:31:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18437 at Questions Surround Office of Higher Education <p>The State Board of Education met Thursday to discuss the future of the Office of Higher Education, which is slated to stop receiving state funding in July of 2014. Lawmakers dealt the department an early blow in the new budget, cutting funding by roughly 40 percent. Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she was disappointed by the decision.</p><p>“I was surprised,” Mancuso said. “I was not happy because it’s premature in my mind. They gave us until next July to in fact meet that goal, and so it’s going to be challenging.”</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:26:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 18304 at Higher Education Office Faces Budget Cuts <p>The budget scheduled for a vote today in the Rhode Island House of Representatives includes $6 million in additional funding for public colleges and universities, but it would also make a significant reduction at the Office of Higher Education.</p><p>The spending plan cuts $1 million from OHE's budget, roughly 43 percent of the office's total funding. The budget endorsed by the House Finance Committee provides $1.2 million for OHE.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:29:04 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 17431 at Higher Education Office Faces Budget Cuts Class notes: education and the governor’s budget <p>The new budget proposal from Governor Lincoln Chafee is a complex document, so here are a few highlights for schools and colleges.</p><p>There's a&nbsp;slight increase in&nbsp;this budget proposal&nbsp;for public colleges and universities. Oddly,&nbsp;officials disagree&nbsp;about the exact amount of the increase. The governor’s office first reported&nbsp;$8 million, but&nbsp;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.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:40:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8763 at Class notes: A quick look at the stories that made news this week in education <ul><li><strong>Sawyer probe continues</strong></li></ul><p>State and federal law enforcement agencies are <a href="" target="_blank">checking the books </a>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&nbsp;counseling&nbsp;for&nbsp;students wondering how to&nbsp;proceed with their degrees.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:09:06 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 7542 at Sawyer School students will be reunited with their records <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Help is on the way for the more than 300 students displaced by the recent closure of the Sawyer vocational school in Providence.&nbsp;</p><p>The state Office of Higher Education will hold a day-long meeting next week for students displaced by the closure of the Sawyer School in Providence. More than 300 students in Rhode Island and another 1,200 in Connecticut were shocked to see the school close abruptly just after Christmas.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:36:59 +0000 Flo Jonic 7512 at Sawyer School students will be reunited with their records Why Sawyer School lost students, federal dollars before closure <p>The Sawyer School was apparently bleeding federal aid prior to its abrupt closure on New Year's Day. The Federal Department of Education says the for-profit school had gone from nearly $7.5 million in federal tuition dollars for the 2011-2012 academic year down to $2 million this year.</p><p>What happened? Well, one answer is declining enrollment. Sawyer reported 796 students in Rhode Island in the fall of 2011, but only 302 students when it shut down earlier this month.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:38:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 7485 at FBI joins Sawyer probe, plus the latest from the Office of Higher Ed <p>The FBI has joined the investigation of the now-defunct Sawyer School, a for-profit technical college that closed its doors on the first of the year.</p><p>State police say they're seeking to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing, or whether this is simply a case of a business going under.</p><p>Either way, Sawyer's closure left roughly 300 Rhode Island students and 1,200 students in Connecticut with partially completed certificates to become medical office assistants and other office administrators.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:13:27 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 7331 at FBI joins Sawyer probe, plus the latest from the Office of Higher Ed