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11:13 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Brown Produces More 'Genius Grant' Recipients Than MIT

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Brown University ranks among the top 10 universities whose undergraduates go on to win the prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant, according to new data from the MacArthur Foundation.

Since the foundation began awarding the grants, which honor individuals with great creative potential, Brown graduates have received 14 awards. Harvard produces the most recipients by far with 72 grantees.

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11:48 am
Thu May 21, 2015

CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale To Step Down

Ray Di Pasquale during a presentation at the Statehouse with former governor Lincoln Chafee.

Ray DiPasquale the President of the Community College of Rhode Island is stepping down. The decision comes after nearly a decade at the helm.

Di Pasquale began his first term as President in 2006.  During his tenure the school has seen record enrollments; graduating it’s largest-ever class in 2013. He also oversaw CCRI’s first-ever capital campaign which raised more $7 million.

In a statement Di Pasquale said serving as CCRI President was a “true privilege.”

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11:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

State Approves New Bachelor's Degree Granting Institution

There’s a new school where Rhode Islanders can receive a Bachelor’s degree. The school is aimed at students working to complete a degree they started but haven’t finished.

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9:59 am
Thu May 21, 2015

RI Senate Approves Legislation To Attach Higher Ed Funding To Performance

The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would tie some funding for public colleges and universities to their performance. Supporters say the aim is to increase timely graduation rates, and the number of students in high demand fields.

The new legislation would create a set a unique set of standards for the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island, to reach those goals.  Supporters say the bill would shrink the skills gap, by getting students into the workforce quicker with the appropriate education.

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RI News
7:29 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Johnson And Wales University Set To Go Tobacco-Free

Johnson and Wales Campus in Providence
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Johnson and Wales University is set to become Rhode Island’s first tobacco-free college campus by July 2016. The university will be the 30th campus in New England to make the move, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative.


Johnson and Wales already prohibits the sale and advertising of tobacco products on campus. Spokeswoman Lisa Pelosi said the university hopes to open conversation about the health risks of tobacco use. 

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