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
8:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

State to Hold Public Hearings on Latest Round of Charter School Applications

The Rhode Island Department of Education has scheduled a round of hearings on six new charter schools proposed for the state.

The hearings are intended to gather public input on the proposals, which include two new mayoral academies in Woonsocket and Warwick.

Mayoral academies serve students from multiple districts, which usually include a mixture of urban low-income and suburban communities. They pride themselves on challenging academic programs and promoting college prep even for the youngest students.

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Higher Education
9:39 am
Tue May 20, 2014

State College President Salaries: The Latest Numbers

University of Rhode Island President David Dooley ranks 158th in the country when it comes to his compensation package, according to a new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The last time the survey was published, Dooley ranked 134th in the country.

Dooley made $368,800 in 2013, according to the report, which looked at president's pay at 227 public universities around the country.

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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

School Employee Resigns After Degree Questioned

Providence school officials are reviewing the credentials of all non-union, non-certified personnel, after an employee was found to hold a bachelor’s degree from an unaccredited online university.

Nancy Stevenin was working with students from the Birch School, which was being shut down after a federal investigation revealed it was funneling developmentally disabled students into segregated, low paying workshops to do menial labor. Stevenin was helping transition students out of the program.

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Paying For It
8:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans

Students walk through Bryant University's campus in the warm weather. Bryant University students average the highest student debt in Rhode Island.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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Paying For It
8:13 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large

Bryant University student Sierra Moore expects to spend more than a decade paying off her student loans.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

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.  

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.

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Paying For It
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists

Allison Dean learned the ins and outs of college loans through personal experience.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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.

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Paying For It
8:18 am
Tue May 13, 2014

RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans

Johnny Adimando in his printmaking studio in Pawtucket.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.

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Paying For It
9:17 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt

Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation.  And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans. 

Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.

As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.

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The Education Blog
9:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Charter Receives $450,000 for New High School

Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy has won a $450,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, an advocacy group focused on increasing the use of technology to improve public education, to open its first high school.

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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Fri May 2, 2014

No Federal Investigation into Brown Sexual Assault Policy

Despite calls at Brown University for changes in the policy on sexual assault, Brown is not facing any investigation by the federal government.

The Federal Department of Education has released the names of 55 colleges and universities currently under investigation because of complaints about the way they handle sexual assault.

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