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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.

Like Other Colleges, Fredonia Forges Ahead with New Science Facility

October 17, 2014

Public and private colleges in Western New York have spent more than $180 million in recent years on new homes for math, science and technology.

When Women Become Men at Wellesley

October 16, 2014

Hundreds of young women streamed into Wellesley College on the last Monday of August, many of them trailed by parents lugging suitcases and bins filled with folded towels, decorative pillows and Costco-size jugs of laundry detergent. It was the first day of orientation, and along the picturesque paths there were cheerful upper-class student leaders providing directions and encouragement. One of those T-shirted helpers was a junior named Timothy Boatwright. 

Two Lenses

October 15, 2014

When the president of William Peace University, Debra Townsley, announced on Monday her plans to retire next summer, the reaction was starkly mixed.  The Board of Trustees lamented her departure, calling Townsley a transformative president of the university in Raleigh, N.C., that became co-ed during her tenure. But some students, faculty and alumnae cheered vigorously.

Getting Smart on Campus for New Careers in Health Care

October 15, 2014

No one expected a lot of students for the debut of Daemen College’s new graduate program in public health. State education officials approved the program in April, giving the college just a few months to advertise and recruit students for the fall semester at the Amherst campus.  Michael S. Brogan, vice president for academic affairs at Daemen, said he would have been satisfied if three students enrolled in the new program.  Instead, 13 students signed up.

Rethink Harvard’s Sexual Harassment Policy

October 15, 2014

In July, Harvard University announced a new university-wide policy aimed at preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  In response, 28 members of the Harvard Law School Faculty have issued a statement voicing their strong objections to the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures imposed by the central university administration and the Corporation on all parts of the university, including the law school.

William Peace University President to Retire After Tumultuous Tenure

October 14, 2014

Debra Townsley, who engineered big change and a coed campus at William Peace University, will step down next year after a tumultuous tenure.  In an email to the campus community Monday, Townsley, 60, said she would retire June 30, after five years at the helm of the private university in downtown Raleigh.

College Reflects on 25th Year by Honoring Founders

October 14, 2014

Beacon College celebrated its 25th milestone year by honoring parents and educators who were instrumental in the 1989 founding of the downtown Leesburg private college that became the first in the nation to provide 4-year degrees to students with learning disabilities and ADHD.  The college had 31 students in September 1989. Today it’s the academic home to 220 students for 32 states and six countries.

Lesley University's Slump Highlights Risks of New Tuition Strategy

October 14, 2014

Lesley University reported a 4 percent decline in operating revenue during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That was the good news.The bad news is that the school’s challenges are likely to worsen in the months ahead, as shrinking enrollment and a new cut-rate tuition strategy ripple through its financial statements.

Roger Williams University Grows Enrollment by Freezing Tuition

October 14, 2014

At Roger Williams University, dormitories are bursting with “temporary” triples and “supersized” rooms. Undergraduate enrollment during the last two years has climbed 7 percent, to 4,011 students this fall — the largest in the university’s history. And freshman enrollment during the same period is up 15 percent.  Forecasters had predicted just the opposite. 

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