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July 30, 2014 | Forbes

Many elite public schools are top schools at a better price than their private counterparts. At No. 37, California has the top-placing state school in the U.S., University of California, Berkeley, and is followed by University of Virginia (No. 40), College of William & Mary (No. 41) and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (No. 45).

July 30, 2014 | Washington Post

Members of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors are considering a policy that would limit their own ability to speak freely about decisions the board makes, including when members disagree with those decisions.

July 31, 2014 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

A proposed Board of Visitors policy at the University of Virginia would muzzle dissenting board members. The Special Committee on Governance and Engagement met Wednesday afternoon in Richmond to review the four-page draft policy.

July 30, 2014 | Chronicle of Higher Education

(Subscription required) New proposed rules for the university’s Board of Visitors would prevent its members from publicly opposing the board’s decisions after the fact, and would strongly discourage them from making records requests of the university, among other things. A committee of the board is slated to discuss the measures on Wednesday.

July 30, 2014 | Voice of America

(Video) A 30-minute special on the Young African Leaders Initiative, President Obama’s flagship program to invest in the next generation of African leaders. This summer 500 fellows from Africa are in the United States studying public management, civic leadership and business and entrepreneurship in a six-week fellowship. (U.Va. mentions at 1:30 and 11:29.)

July 31, 2014 | USA Today

Monticello and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.: Thomas Jefferson's beloved Virginia home, set among the rolling hills of rural Virginia, is a much-loved tourist attraction and historical site.

July 29, 2014 | Charlottesville Daily Progress

A drafted “statement of expectations” scheduled for discussion Wednesday would limit public dissent by members of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia.

July 29, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Crews renovating the Rotunda at the University of Virginia now have firsthand experience with pieces of Thomas Jefferson's original dome.

They thought the original structure was completely lost in the Rotunda fire of 1895 but that's not the case. In a wall cavity beneath brick and mortar, workers found a distinct new layer of material. It contained pieces of glass and burnt wood, thought to be remnants from the original dome.

July 29, 2014 | Charlottesville Newsplex

Renovations on the University of Virginia's iconic Rotunda began two years ago, but recently some planned probes in the Lower West Oval Room uncovered something exciting for the university and historians alike. Artifacts believed to be from President Thomas Jefferson's original Rotunda are now in the hands of university conservators and a lot is being learned from the pile of old rubble.

July 28, 2014 | Voice of America and Channels TV

(Video) A U.Va. student from Nigeria is featured approximately 13 minutes in.

July 30, 2014 | edSurge

This September, the newly formed Jefferson Education Accelerator will join the ranks of emerging edtech incubators. Supported by the Curry School of Education Foundation, the Jefferson Education Accelerator will take full advantage of its connections to faculty at University of Virginia and other universities to provide research and mentoring services to growth stage edtech companies.

July 30, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

History buffs can now dig deeper into the events surrounding President Richard Nixon's resignation with new resources from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

July 29, 2014 | All Africa

At the Town Hall, I talked with a woman from the University of Virginia about the cohort of kids who spent time at UVA during the first part of their fellowship. She said a professor told her that he had never had a better group of students in thirty years of teaching.

July 28, 2014 | Money

16.  Known as a “public Ivy,” the University of Virginia offers in-staters a top-notch education at one of the country’s lowest total college costs. What’s more, students live and study inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only U.S. college to have that designation), featuring a spectacularly beautiful campus designed by university founder Thomas Jefferson. Students seem to thrive: U.Va. has the highest graduation rate of any public school in the country: 93%. The undergraduate programs in English, history, education, business and many sciences (especially astronomy) are especially well regarded.

July 28, 2014 | WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Middle and high school students are camped out at the University of Virginia Monday night. Rising eighth- and ninth-graders will be staying in the dorms until Wednesday, to get a college experience while building model solar cars, Mars rovers, and more. The camp is called BLAST, which stands for Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology. The goal is to advance the students by giving them hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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