Virginia on-time high school graduation rate tops 91 percent
Education / Virginia

Virginia on-time high school graduation rate tops 91 percent

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday, Sept. 29, that over nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2012 earned a diploma within four years, and more than half graduated from high school with the Commonwealth’s most rigorous diploma, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Of the 95,130 students … Continue reading

Education / International News

New Research Shows International Experience In Higher Ed Is Important For Career Success, But Many Students Recognize it Too Late

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 26, 2016–New global research commissioned by Kaplan, one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers, and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that international experience in higher education is an important factor improving the chances of finding a job and succeeding in an increasingly global workforce. The research, … Continue reading

Government severs ties with for-profit colleges accreditor
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Government severs ties with for-profit colleges accreditor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of for-profit colleges could close, leaving up to 600,000 students scrambling to find other schools, after the Education Department withdrew recognition of the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit schools. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools said it would appeal Thursday’s decision to Education Secretary John B. King Jr. In … Continue reading

Stalled front and tropical storm deluge roads, close schools
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Stalled front and tropical storm deluge roads, close schools

Flooding in coastal Virginia and North Carolina blocked roads and forced school closings Wednesday that affected for more than 100,000 students. A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region. The rain is expected to continue into Thursday. National Weather Service Meteorologist … Continue reading

UN refugee agency puts focus on educating kids fleeing war
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UN refugee agency puts focus on educating kids fleeing war

GENEVA (AP) — Food, water and shelter are obvious basic needs for people fleeing war. But with refugees now spending roughly 20 years in exile on average, the U.N. refugee agency is calling on the world to do more to ensure refugee children have access to education as a fundamental right. Over 3.7 million school-age … Continue reading

Ritz’s office backed app deal without bidding
Campus Life / Education

Ritz’s office backed app deal without bidding

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s office approved a lucrative technology contract that state government officials said should have been subject to competitive bid, benefiting a company that later gave one of her key aides a senior job. Documents and emails provided to The Associated Press show state officials who review contracts were … Continue reading

ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work
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ACT scores show many grads not ready for college-level work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest scores from the ACT college entrance exam suggest many of this year’s high school graduates aren’t ready for college-level course work. In its annual score report released Wednesday, the testing company said only 38 percent of graduating seniors who took the exam hit the college-prepared benchmark in at least three … Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe announces Affordable Pathways Grants to help students succeed
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Governor McAuliffe announces Affordable Pathways Grants to help students succeed

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced a new grant program today that will provide Virginia students with a clearer path to a higher education. The Affordable Pathways grants (up to $140,000 each) will be awarded to as many as four public two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Grant recipients must have a partnership with a … Continue reading

‘Pokemon Go’ players stumble on hidden history
Education / Technology

‘Pokemon Go’ players stumble on hidden history

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by — until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the “Pokemon Go” trail. Players hunting for fictional creatures on their smartphones are now visiting real-life memorial plaques, statues, mosaics and landmarks, ranging from a Civil War battlefield in Chancellorsville, … Continue reading

Enrollment projections trending upward at Norfolk State University
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Enrollment projections trending upward at Norfolk State University

Prospective students have shown increased interest in a Norfolk State University education as preliminary estimates from the university’s Office of Enrollment Management show that NSU has received more than 6,200 applications from first-time freshman and nearly 1,000 applications from transfer students for the 201617 academic year. The university projects to enroll more than 1,500 freshmen … Continue reading

Admissions hosts “Round Up” for prospective students, waives application fee for participants
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Admissions hosts “Round Up” for prospective students, waives application fee for participants

The Office of Admissions will host “Round Up” for prospective students.  If you are interested in attending college for the first time or would like to transfer from another college, please plan to attend one of our sessions. Prospective students will be able to fill out the admissions application with the $45 application fee waived … Continue reading

Report finds segregation in education on the rise
Education / National / Politics

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, … Continue reading