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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Higher Education
9:39 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Bryant President Reacts to Tax-Exempt Legislation

Bryant University President Ronald Machtley says he is "disappointed" that Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill allowing Smithfield to charge the school for emergency services. Here's the full text of Machtley's official statement:

We are very disappointed that Governor Chafee did not veto the legislation previously approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly (S 0025 and H 5083).

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The Education Blog
8:26 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Questions Surround Office of Higher Education

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.

“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.”

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Education
9:02 am
Thu July 11, 2013

A Recent College Grad Strikes Out on Her Own

Abby Moreau graduated from Roger Williams University this year, and has started her own company.
Credit Courtsey Roger Williams University

Recent college graduates face a still-sluggish job market and student loan burdens that are higher than ever, but none of that fazed new Roger Williams University graduate Abby Moreau. When she didn’t get much response to the resumes she sent out, Moreau decided to skip the job hunt altogether and start her own business, a social media company called Social Gal Abby.  http://www.socialgalabbyonline.com

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Veep to Visit Salve Regina

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a reception at Salve Regina University in Newport next month, according to the Associated Press.

The event at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will recognize Nuala Pell, wife of the late Senator Claiborne Pell, for her work in philanthropy, education and public service.

The Education Blog
10:13 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Making Schools Safer

The Obama Administration has released new advice about school safety procedures in the wake of the mass shooting at Newtown Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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The Education Blog
9:04 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Looking for Summer Camps?

RIASPA has mapped summer programs to help parents find opportunities for summer activities.

The Rhode Island Afterschool Alliance says some summer programs are still open for students, even enrolling on a weekly basis in a few cases.

RIASPA has a handy tool on its website: a map showing programs around the state along with descriptions of the activities provided.

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The Education Blog
8:32 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tuition at Rhode Island's Private Colleges Among the Nation's Most Expensive

Brown University's tuition ranks amongst the top 5% most expensive in the country.
Credit RIPR FILE

Private colleges in Rhode Island have some of the highest prices in the country, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Education.

Bryant University, Providence College, Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island School of Design also ranked in the top 5 percent, when tuition prices were adjusted to reflect the average cost for students after grants and scholarships.

RISD ranked near the top of that list with a price tag of nearly $35,000. The national average was just $19,300.

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The Education Blog
10:34 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mancuso Denies Backing Down on Test-Based Diploma

State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Mancuso says she remains firm in her support for test-based graduation requirements. Mancuso says she wants the board to study whether the standardized test known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, is the best test to use, but she denies backing away from high-stakes testing.

"We haven't backed off from that at all," Mancuso said. "We're just looking to see if there's a measure that's better to show proficiency, other than just the NECAP."

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The Education Blog
12:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Higher Education Office Faces Budget Cuts

Higher education officials are waiting to see how much funding they'll receive in the final state budget.

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.

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.

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RI News
9:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Afterschool Alliance Encourages Students to Sign up for Summer Programs

The Rhode Island Afterschool Alliance is urging parents to sign their children up for summer programs so they will have some organized activity to do over the summer months. Studies show that students who do not engage in organized activities are more likely to lose knowledge gained during the school year. Rhode Island Afterschool Alliance Director Adam Greenman said there are more than 100 summer camps and other programs available across the state.

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