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State officials say a new initiative to increase the use of digital textbooks will cut costs for many students and make higher education more accessible for everyone, including English language learners.

The open-license, digital textbooks are generally free and can be downloaded on a student’s computer. They can also be updated or changed the professor giving the course.

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Starting in 2018, state colleges and universities will have to meet specific performance goals to receive increases in state funding, under a state law signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday.

The goals include increasing the number of students graduating on-time and adding graduates in fields that employers need. 


As students enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation, faculty at Rhode Island College are gearing up for a new semester and a new president. 

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Rhode Island College will offer the state’s first undergraduate certificate for students with intellectual disabilities. 


Members of the Rhode Island College community are coming together to discuss the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police officers, and the five officers who died in Dallas last week.

The school’s Unity Center will host the conversation on Tuesday and Wednesday. Center Director Antoinette Gomes said the center is a safe space for students, faculty, administrators, and staff to support one another.

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Scientists are still working to understand all of the factors behind massive die-offs of honeybees in what’s known as “colony collapse disorder.”

Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Providence College hold commencement exercises this weekend, the start of several weekends honoring the class of 2016.

Providence College graduates will hear from Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott at a ceremony at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday. At Roger Williams, commencement exercises begin Saturday morning at the seaside campus in Bristol.


Higher ed officials have tapped Frank Sánchez, vice chancellor for student affairs at City University of New York, as the next president of Rhode Island College. He will succeed RIC President Nancy Carriuolo to become the the 10th president of Rhode Island's oldest public college.

Sánchez was one of four finalists for the top post at RIC.

“While it was a difficult decision, we selected Dr. Sánchez because of his commitment to students," said Bill Foulkes, chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education and head of the presidential search committee.

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Rhode Island's Council on Postsecondary Education has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday, listing "Appointment of the new president of Rhode Island College" as an action item. The notice comes in advance of a full state Board of Education meeting, scheduled for next week.

The council is seeking a replacement for outgoing President Nancy Carriuolo, who resigns this month. 


Clarke Greene, the current interim Vice President for Advancement and External Relations, will now serve as the interim college president. Greene’s interim position was approved by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Thousands of Rhode Island high school students are now earning college credits without stepping foot onto a university campus. 

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Richard Culatta started on the job this week as Rhode Island's first chief innovation officer. The job represents a homecoming for the 37-year-old South Kingstown native after he most recently worked in senior jobs in the US Department of Education.

Richard Culatta, a former Obama Administration education adviser, has been chosen by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as the state’s new  $210,000 a year "chief innovation officer."

Raimondo said Culatta will lead an effort to find better approaches to deliver government services in an efficient manner.

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo is stepping down from the leadership of Rhode Island’s oldest public institution of higher education. Her resignation takes effect after graduation in May, 2016 and was prompted by a group of current and former RIC employees who questioned her leadership and requested her resignation.