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Northwestern University hopes a new program to be announced Tuesday will pave the way for more Chicago Public School graduates to enroll each year — particularly those from neighborhood high schools. The Northwestern Academy will target up to 200 CPS freshmen from low-income households who don't attend one of the city's selective enrollment high schools. Northwestern's current freshman class of 2,000 includes 75 students from the city's high schools.
Goucher College is among a relatively few selective colleges leading a movement to bring liberal arts education to a sector of society where it is scarce: inside prisons such as Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup. No ivory towers here. Just guard towers. Other participating colleges include Bard College, Wesleyan University and Cornell University. Advocates say the efforts have multiple payoffs: heightened awareness within prisons of the importance of education; invaluable opportunities for faculty and others at the colleges to dispel stereotypes about teaching and learning; and lower recidivism rates for students after they are released.
The public two-year Richard Bland College signed a transfer agreement with the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia Monday guaranteeing its graduates admission as juniors to a group of Virginia’s private four-year schools. The schools signing Monday were Averett University, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia Union University and Shenandoah University. Others among CICV’s 29 member schools also are expected to sign.
As universities across the country struggle to keep higher education affordable, the University of Scranton is trying to reduce costs and increase financial aid. For the 2013-14 school year, tuition costs $38,404, and when room, board and other fees are added, it brings the price tag to $51,940. But university officials say few students pay the "sticker price," and of the freshman aid applicants this year, 95 percent were offered some kind of financial aid, whether it was merit-based or need-based aid.
New York University has agreed to let most of its graduate-student employees vote on forming a union, ending a dispute over the students' unionization rights that had been pending before the National Labor Relations Board. Under the terms of an agreement between NYU and the United Auto Workers reached on Tuesday, more than 1,200 graduate employees of NYU and its affiliated Polytechnic Institute will be allowed to vote on forming a UAW-affiliated collective-bargaining unit.
Aquinas College says it will provide a hotel room for a homeless student who fears she’ll be left out in the cold once campus closes in December for holiday break. The Catholic liberal arts school also says it wants to create a “dialogue” on the issue of homelessness among college students, with the hope that a permanent solution to house such students at Aquinas during future breaks can be found.
For the first time in its 128-year history, the University of St. Thomas has its own Islamic prayer rooms, as well as ritual washing stations for observant Muslims. The prayer rooms, which opened in September, reflect the surging number of students from Middle Eastern countries flocking to the Catholic university in St. Paul.
EdX and MIT are by no means interchangeable, but the goals outlined in a report -- “unbundling education and blurring boundaries” -- show how the MOOC provider is affecting face-to-face education at the institution. One of the report’s three working groups of faculty members, administrators and students is examining the potential of edX alone. Its findings suggest an education from MIT could be broken into smaller modules that, along with online education, would make it simpler for students to study away from campus and assemble their own curriculums.
Indiana Wesleyan University and Houghton College, in New York, have announced plans for collaboration. Both colleges are part of the Wesleyan Church. While details of the partnership haven't been finalized, the idea is to share areas of expertise. Houghton is a traditional, residential institution, and Indiana Wesleyan officials hope to learn from its strengths in internships and study abroad.
Wiley College’s adult degree completion program will host a questions and answer seminar Tuesday at 6 p.m. The program encourages those with college credit who have not finished their degree to earn their bachelor’s. According to the program’s director, Dr. Ouida McAfee, Wiley’s adult degree completion courses have been offered for more than a decade. “This program is what we offer to those who are adults and working who might not be able to take normal courses,” McAfee said. “They meet one night a week, and once you’re enrolled in the course, you’re considered a fulltime student.”
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