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.
A Rhode Islander’s lawsuit against the state’s online health insurance marketplace over abortion coverage has been resolved. An elective abortion is the termination of a pregnancy at the mother’s request. Until earlier this year, every plan offered on HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, covered such procedures.
A Rhode Island man sued HealthSource RI, saying his religious beliefs prevented him from paying for insurance that might cover an abortion. Now there’s one plan, at the so-called bronze level – that excludes coverage of elective abortions.
This story is part of our series “Rising Tide” about how – or whether - Rhode Islanders are emerging from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s. The question we’re asking is: Does a rising tide really lift all boats, or are some Rhode Islanders still being left behind?
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.