EDUCATION

Renovation has begun on the Alderman Library, the main library at the University of Virginia. Library materials have been moved to other stacks, preliminary construction will begin in January 2020, and the library will be fully closed in May 2020, re-opening in 2023. The university has invested $160 million...
A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending and the NAACP said black and Latino college graduates may struggle with higher and more difficult-to-manage student loan debt than their white counterparts.“Historically, access to higher education has been dramatically unequal,” the report stated. “This pattern persists today as African-American...
The Virginia Board of Education is considering a recommendation that would lay out minimum funding requirements for a state budget item used to help at-risk students, a move intended to put pressure on the General Assembly to increase education spending.The board is going through its regular process of amending...
According to a new report by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond-based liberal policy organization, diversifying Virginia's pool of teachers could help cut dropout rates, reduce chronic absence and boost college-enrollment rates among minority students.Virginia is one of six states that does not require teachers to report...
A program to keep community college students on track for a smooth transfer to four-year schools should be ready by the 2020 school year.The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia approved guidelines for the Passport program this week.The program puts community college students through general education classes...
The College of William & Mary will be the first public college in Virginia to offer a bachelor’s degree program in Japanese studies starting this fall, fulfilling a need for the business and governmental sectors.The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia approved William and Mary’s new program this...
The Virginia Lottery made nearly $650 million in the fiscal year that ended in June, all of which will be used for education funding.The amount breaks the agency's previous record of $606 million put toward education last year.The Lottery's profits came from $2.29 billion in sales, Lottery Director Kevin...
Actions by students at two Virginia schools – turning a spotlight on the crumbling conditions of their individual facilities– should shame local and state officials to provide the necessary money to rectify the problems.You would think school administrators would herald the initiative by the teenagers, who, in the best...
In an effort to combat Virginia’s teacher shortage, 15 Virginia colleges and universities will start new four-year teacher education degree programs this fall.The Virginia Board of Education approved the programs last week. The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia, which oversees public colleges and universities, approved the new...
George Mason University will study the possibility of launching a medical school in Manassas near its Science and Technology Campus.The study should be finished by early fall, a news release from Prince William County said. The county is chipping in a $50,000 grant to help fund the study. The...