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9:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

State Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of CCRI

Governor Lincoln Chafee looks on as CCRI President Ray DiPasquale addresses the gathering on in the State Room.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Community College faculty and alumni gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday, as Governor Lincoln Chafee officially declared November 12th "CCRI Day."

CCRI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. President Ray DiPasquale emphasized the college's efforts to educate Rhode Islanders.

"It's 40,000 students during the course of a year, 64,000 alums, and they all live in Rhode Island, and 1,200 employees," DiPasquale said. "So when you think about all that, it’s truly an economic engine for the state."

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Higher Education
8:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Student Debt Edges Higher In Rhode Island

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.

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Higher Education
8:56 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor To Honor Community College System

Governor Lincoln Chafee is slated to declare Wednesday "CCRI Day" in Rhode Island. The declaration comes on the occasion of the community college system's 50th Birthday, which is being celebrated this year.

CCRI President Ray DiPasquale is expected speak during the announcement at the Statehouse. Rhode Island Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell and State Education Board Chair Eva-Marie Manuso will also be in attendance.

DiPasquale recently announced he would stay at CCRI, but he was a finalist in the search for a new state education commissioner in Louisiana.

The Education Blog
9:29 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Children's Museum Opens New Water Exhibit

The Providence Children’s Museum has opened its newly revamped water exhibit. "Water Ways" entertained more than two million visitors prior to the overhaul, according to Museum Director Janice O'Donnell.

“Our water environment is such an enduring favorite – so important for kids’ discovery, and so successful at meeting our play and learning goals – that we knew it could only be replaced with an even better Water Ways,” O'Donnell said, in an official announcement about the re-opening.

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The Education Blog
8:27 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Providence Afterschool Program To Receive National Award

City Arts is being honored among other national arts organizations by the White House.
Credit City Arts

Providence CityArts is one of just 12 organizations around the country to win the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The group has been invited to the White House to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.

City Arts provides afterschool art classes for students between the ages of 8 and 14. Some examples of their recent course offerings include pottery studios, dance classes, drumming workshops and street art classes involving the use of computer graphics.

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Higher Education
1:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Orly Genger Sculpture Goes Up At Brown

Stacks and stacks of rope went into Orly Genger's site specific installation at Brown.
Credit Brown University

Brown Alumna Orly Genger makes sculpture out of rope. Hundreds and hundreds of feet of it.

A new installation at Brown University will be more than 250-feet long when it is complete. The piece, titled "You," is made out of recycled lobster rope, Genger's medium of choice.

Brown has a live webcam trained on the installation in progress.

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The Education Blog
8:36 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Liberian RIC Student Presses On Despite Ebola Outbreak

Charline Early was born in Liberia and is pursuing a Master's degree in social work at Rhode Island College.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island is home to one of the nation’s largest Liberian populations, and many Liberian immigrants are students in the state's public schools and universities.

As the Ebola epidemic rages on in her home country, Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Rhode Island College student Charline Early to find out how it has changed life for her and her family.

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The Education Blog
8:25 am
Mon November 3, 2014

RIPR Exclusive: Cumberland Parent Sues To Block Fees For Summer School

A parent in Cumberland filed has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland School District and the State Board of Education, challenging the practice of charging tuition for summer school.

In a complaint filed last week, parent Susan Giannini alleges the fees are unfair to students with learning disabilities and low income families. Her attorneys argue they fly in the face of longstanding state policy that prohibits public schools from charging fees for other programs, like afterschool sports and AP classes.

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Higher Education
9:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

RIC Prepares For President Obama

After cancelling a trip several weeks ago, Rhode Island College will finally get a visit from President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss women in the workplace and the economy.

He is likely to tout new data showing an increase in Gross Domestic Product, which is seen by many analysts as an encouraging sign of growth in the U.S.

RIC officials say classes will go forward as scheduled, although some locations had to be changed to accommodate security for the president.

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