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Benedictine University to Lay Off 75, End Undergraduate Program for Traditional Students

October 24, 2014

Benedictine University at Springfield will be laying off about 75 of its 100 full-time employees next year when it ends its undergraduate program for students who are just out of high school. Michael Bromberg, president of the Catholic university, said Benedictine will be focusing on programs for nontraditional students. 

Xavier Receives $19.6 Million Grant to Expand Biomedical Programs, Aid Students

October 23, 2014

Xavier University of Louisiana has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand the school's number of biomedical programs and increase the number of minority students who go on to graduate from PhD and MD-PhD programs.  The award is part of a $240 million investment by the NIH involving more than 10 institutions around the country called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative.

Berklee College Hits the High Notes as Other Colleges Fall Out of Tune

October 23, 2014

Mac Hisey can't sing and doesn't play an instrument, but the steady stream of news coming out of his office is no doubt music to his bosses' ears. Hisey is the chief financial officer at the Berklee College of Music, the world-renowned school for the performance arts in Boston that is quietly churning out impressive numbers in all facets of its operations, from revenue to enrollment to returns on its $321 million endowment. It is a story line that runs counter to the chatter on most college campuses these days.  

Thirty Massachusetts Colleges Drop SAT Requirement for Admission

October 23, 2014

While the number of Massachusetts students taking the SAT is up, a growing number of colleges in the state are no longer requiring applicants to submit their scores.  Thirty colleges and universities in Massachusetts do not require applicants to submit their test scores. Nationally, that number has grown to over 800, according to FairTest.

Ending the Traditional MBA

October 23, 2014

After five years of declining enrollment in its traditional M.B.A. program, Wake Forest University is shifting gears to focus on an area where it sees greater demand -- those M.B.A. seekers who want to earn a paycheck while studying. Starting next year, Wake Forest will no longer accept applications for a traditional, daytime M.B.A. program at its Winston-Salem campus.

D.C. College Freshmen: A Portrait

October 22, 2014

George Washington University has a huge recruiting pipeline to China: Preliminary counts show 113 of its freshmen this year come from the world’s most populous country.  That’s seven times more than the 16 Chinese in Georgetown University’s class of 2018.  Catholic University, meanwhile, is wired into Saudi Arabia. It has a projected 10 Saudi freshmen, more than the four counted at the University of the District of Columbia and two each at GWU and Georgetown. 

Free Online AP Courses Debut on edX Web Site

October 22, 2014

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.  The site, edX, was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in 2012 as a nonprofit platform for those universities and selected others to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to the world.

Student Defeats President to Win Books for a Year

October 21, 2014

Scott Dalrymple, the new president of Columbia College in Missouri, decided to mark his inaugural with a challenge to students. They would compete in Madden NFL, the popular sports video game, and if the winning student defeated Dalrymple, he would pay for the students' textbooks for a year. 

Hiram College Proposes Program in Which Businesses Sponsor Students

October 21, 2014

Hiram College is seeking funds and support for a new program that would link incoming students with local businesses, which would provide jobs after graduation.  The "Hiram Collaborative" would provide incoming first-year students with financial support and internship opportunities from community businesses.  Following graduation, these students would then be ready for careers with these sponsoring businesses, creating a win-win-win situation for the students, the College and the local businesses.

3 Injured in Chemical Explosion at UR

October 20, 2014

Three graduate students were injured Saturday afternoon after a chemical explosion at the University of Rochester.  School officials said the three students were doing lab work in the basement of Hutchison Hall, which houses the school's chemistry department.  The students were evaluated on scene and several of them went to a medical facility with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

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