After an international search, the Rhode Island School of Design has settled on one of its own to take over as president. RISD has tapped Rosanne Somerson, a RISD graduate who’s been serving as interim president since December 2013.
Former president John Maeda stepped down suddenly, after a rocky relationship with RISD faculty. Maeda surprised many at RISD when he announced he had taken a job at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.
Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence. The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.
One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students. “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”
The full Board of Education votes Monday on tuition increases for students at the university of Rhode Island, Rhode Island college and the state's community college system. State higher education officials call it a modest increase. They say it is necessary after two years with no increases at URI, and three years with no increase at CCRI.
The Project on Student Debt is out with its annual report, and the news is not good for students at Rhode Island's colleges and universities.
According to the report, students graduating from local institutions in 2013 had the fourth highest debt burdens in the country, averaging $31,561. Rhode Island's rank worsened from fifth highest for the class of 2012, when the average for student loans stood at $31,156.
The national average for student debt was $28,400.