Elisabeth Harrison

Morning Edition Host, Education Reporter

Elisabeth Harrison's journalism background includes everything from behind-the-scenes work with the CBS Evening News to freelance documentary production.

She joined the WRNI team in 2007 as a Morning Edition producer and freelance journalist. In 2009, she became a full-time reporter, and became the Morning Edition host in 2011.

Harrison's education is as wide ranging as her work at Rhode Island Public Radio. She has a B.A. in English and French from Wellesley College, and a joint M.A. in Journalism and French Studies from NYU.

A native of Los Angeles, Harrison loves good food and good movies.

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The Education Blog
12:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

RISD Names Interim President

The Rhode Island School of Design has announced that Provost Rosanne Somerson will take over the duties of president while the board seeks a replacement for John Maeda.

Last Wednesday, Maeda announced that he will step down at the end of the semester to take a job at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

RISD Board Chair Michael Spalter says he is confident that Somerson is the right person to lead RISD through the transition.

Higher Education
9:50 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Maeda Bids Farewell to RISD Faculty

RISD President John Maeda has announced he's leaving the school at the end of the year for a job in Silicon Valley.
Credit file / RIPR

Outgoing Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda addressed RISD's faculty on Wednesday, the day he released a surprise announcement that he is stepping down at the end of the semester. Many RISD professors expressed profound shock at the news, although Maeda was not popular with some professors.

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The Education Blog
9:08 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Ed Board to Vote on Two-Council Plan

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.

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.

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Higher Education
9:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Maeda's Fundraising Numbers

As he prepares to step down, Rhode Island School of Design President John Maeda has been touting his record as a fundraiser. RISD has provided the following numbers to RIPR in support of his claim:

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Higher Education
9:05 am
Thu December 5, 2013

After Six Years, Maeda Leaving RISD

Faculty from the Rhode Island School of Design say they’re not surprised that President John Maeda is stepping down, but they were surprised by the timing of his announcement.

Maeda, in a YouTube video, announced Wednesday that he is leaving at the end of the semester, for a job at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.

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The Education Blog
11:18 am
Tue December 3, 2013

US Students Lag on International Test

New international testing results show American high school students are only about average when compared to their peers in the developed world. The test, known as the Program for International Student Assessment or PISA, has long been a source of hand-wringing about American competitiveness and calls for more urgent reforms in public schools.

Here are some highlights from the 2012 PISA test:

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Education
9:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country

University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.

But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.

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.

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The Education Blog
9:29 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Board Approves New Standards for Teacher Preparation

New standards for teacher programs will link quality measures to factors that include student test scores. The standards also raise the bar for admissions to teacher programs, calling for undergraduate applicants to have at least a 2.75 grade point average.

The new standards are part of an ongoing effort to improve teaching in Rhode Island's public schools. I asked Nancy Castagno from Rhode Island College to weigh in on the standards, and she said RIC and URI have both been working closely with state officials to craft the language of the standards.

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The Education Blog
2:08 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Exclusive: Providence Schools Investigating Alleged Sexual Assault

Providence public school officials are investigating how an elementary school student was allowed to go home with a man who is now accused of sexually assaulting her.

The incident occurred last week at Asa Messer Elementary School. Providence Superintendent of Schools Susan Lusi says a student was allowed to leave the school with a man, who was known to staff and had been seen multiple times with the girl and her family. However, the man was not on the list of people allowed to take the girl home. After they left the school, the man allegedly assaulted the student.

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Wed November 13, 2013

RIC: Campus Police Will Remain Unarmed

Credit Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College has decided against arming its campus police force. In an email, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo said a campus survey showed the college community about equally divided on the issue, though she stressed the vast majority did not respond to the survey.

Carriuolo said she made the decision after discussions with campus police and her cabinet.

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