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Norfolk State graduate students excluded from temporary “Pass or Fail” grading policy

by Keona Frasier As the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened world-wide health precautions, Norfolk State is among the many educational institutions that suspended classes in effort to limit the spread of the virus. In response to student upheaval, NSU has implemented a temporary pass or fail option to alleviate academic stress for some … Continue reading

Campus Life / Local

Norfolk State urges hurricane precautions for on-campus residents

The term “Shelter-In-Place” is used to refer to situations where it is safest to remain indoors rather than face uncertainty outside. When sheltering, seek safety by placing barriers between you and the danger. This could include walls, rooms without windows, locked doors, furniture, etc. Action Guidelines Before Read and follow all official Norfolk State University … Continue reading

Business / Education / National / Technology / Virginia

Warner, Wyden, Rubio introduce legislation to empower students as consumers and showcase new privacy-protecting technology

~ Updated legislation allows students and families to make informed decisions about how to spend their higher education dollars while protecting student privacy ~ WASHINGTON – With the cost of college at an all-time high, U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced updated legislation on Thursday, Nov. 29, to provide critical information to help … Continue reading

Education / Virginia

Gov. McAuliffe announces recipients of the Inaugural Governor’s Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Education

 ~ Virginia recognizes outstanding individuals, schools, programs, and partnerships ~ RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced Friday, Oct. 27, the first recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education. This new initiative recognizes outstanding educators and leaders, schools, divisions, and community partners across five categories: closing the achievement gap, community partnerships and collaboration, innovation in education, … Continue reading

DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault
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DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declared on Thursday that “the era of ‘rule by letter’ is over” as she announced plans to change the way colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault on campus. DeVos vowed to replace a set of rules enacted by the Obama administration in a 2011 memo … Continue reading

Black Harvard students holding a graduation of their own
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Black Harvard students holding a graduation of their own

BOSTON (AP) — Black students at Harvard University are organizing a graduation ceremony of their own this year to recognize the achievements of black students and faculty members some say have been overlooked. More than 700 students and guests are registered to attend Harvard’s first Black Commencement, which will take place two days before the … Continue reading

Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate
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Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting through college isn’t easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students’ grades, test scores and other information in order to identify … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Lifestyle / Local / National / Politics / U.S. News / Virginia

Immigration advocates win and lose

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia colleges won’t be forced to give federal authorities sensitive details about students who may be undocumented immigrants, after a legislative subcommittee killed a bill opposed by immigration advocates. However, another panel killed legislation that immigration advocates had wanted: It would have allowed eligible undocumented students to pay in-state college tuition. … Continue reading

Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump
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Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what’s to come in the next four years. That’s according to a new GenForward poll of Americans aged 18 to 30, which found that … Continue reading

Lawyers: Police wrongly arrested some on Inauguration Day
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Lawyers: Police wrongly arrested some on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some innocent observers, including two journalists, were improperly swept up in a group of 230 people arrested after self-described anti-capitalists began breaking windows in Washington on Inauguration Day, lawyers said. The group was charged Saturday with felony rioting, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to … Continue reading

Campus Life / Local / Politics / Virginia

Legislative panel keeps photo ID requirement

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee killed an attempt Tuesday to repeal Virginia’s requirement that voters show a photo ID at the polls. A subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee voted to shelve HB 1904, which would have eliminated the mandate that registered Virginia voters present a driver’s license, passport or other … Continue reading

Books / Education / Lifestyle / Uncategorized / Virginia

Students, faculty ask UVa president not to quote Jefferson

The University of  Virginia president defended her use of Thomas Jefferson quotations after a group of students and professors criticized her, saying Jefferson shouldn’t be used as a “moral compass” because he was a slave owner. School president Teresa Sullivan quoted Jefferson in statements made to the campus community before and after Donald Trump’s election, urging … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education

Chicago chief to meet monthly with black student protesters 

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police chief agreed Friday to hold monthly meetings with a group of black high school students who had planned a demonstration protesting an officer’s fatal shooting of a black man and racist text messages distributed by students at another school. Superintendent Eddie Johnson met with the group of public school students, the principal of a Catholic school where students distributed … Continue reading

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Parent group in Spain calls for weekend homework boycott

MADRID (AP) — Some Spanish parents are having their children boycott weekend homework in November, saying they get too much. The CEAPA federation of 12,000 parental associations says the “No to Homework” campaign aims to encourage more family time between parents and children. It also argues that the homework system is outdated and doesn’t improve … Continue reading

Trial opens for suspects in Finland school shooting plot
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Trial opens for suspects in Finland school shooting plot

HELSINKI (AP) — Prosecutors say a 21-year-old former student was planning a school shooting in central Finland that would kill at least 40 students. Prosecutor Eija Velitski says the woman had agreed to buy handguns, automatic weapons and hand grenades, among others things, from a 42-year-old-male accomplice who is also charged in the trial that started Friday at … Continue reading