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The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week. Exceptions will be made for health-care and counseling personnel who are considered “confidential employees,” U-Va. president Teresa A. Sullivan wrote in an e-mail to the campus community.
The University of Virginia estimates the 5 percent cut this year will cost $6.5 million and next year’s 7 percent reduction will total $9.14 million. UVa is evaluating its options but has “no specifics to share” at this point, spokesman McGregor McCance said.
The architect that oversaw planning for the $50 million restoration of the University of Virginia's iconic Rotunda is stepping down. The Charlottesville school said Friday that David Neuman plans to resign from his post in October after an 11-year tenure.
(Commentary) So is a college degree worth it, the news magazine asked? A chart of 44 U.S. universities and colleges compared the return on the cost of a degree after financial aid to the return on a 20-year Treasury bill, 3.4 percent. The better return on 28 institutions ranged from 17.6 to 9.9 percent, while the remaining 16 institutions showed 1.0 percent or negative return on the cost of a degree. The top two universities in the survey were the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech; most of the Ivy League colleges, UC Berkeley and UCLA had favorable returns on the investment. That verifies the academic claim that higher-tuition colleges can pay off.
Three Virginia law schools made a new ranking of how well law schools prepare their students to do the heavy lifting in the biggest law firms. University of Virginia School of Law ranked ninth, making the strongest showing with a whopping 133 respondents, the highest number of respondents for any of the top 10 schools.
"If he came down to Virginia and pulled the same stunts here -- Virginia likes to think of itself as gentile -- it just wouldn't fly," says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and Virginia resident. Sabato is quick to note that Christie's antics, while generally accepted by people in the northeast, isn't an approach that appeals to most voters outside the densely populated, metropolitan region.
At the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, what the books say is not as important as how they were made. [5 min. video]
The 40 schools that appear in the 2014 HispanicBusiness Best Schools represent the cream of the crop when it comes to institutions of higher learning with Hispanic postgraduate enrollments. These schools, in the fields of business, engineering, law and medicine, consistently score highest in most if not all five categories that we use in our rankings. [The Darden School of Business ranks No. 7 among best business schools.]
Pitchbook released their 2014 list of top universities for VC-backed entrepreneurs Wednesday morning, which looked at global VC-backed companies that received funding between the dates of January 1, 2009 and August 21, 2014. The ranking compiled with the use of data assessing the number of entrepreneurs, companies and the amount of capital raised at the most prestigious universities producing VC-backed undergrads dubbed three D.C.-area schools among the top 50 institutions that have strong entrepreneurial ties.
The University of Virginia, University of Maryland and Georgetown University all earned mentions on the list. With 81 entrepreneurs, 76 companies and $669 million in capital raised, UVa came in at No. 29. University of Maryland followed close behind at No. 30 with 81 entrepreneurs, 72 companies and $362 million in capital raised. The last of the locals, Georgetown claimed the No. 40 spot with 63 entrepreneurs, 60 companies and $670 million in capital raised.
Bob McDonnell testified he could say no to donors and used University of Virginia Vice Rector William Goodwin Jr. as an example. On the witness stand in his federal corruption trial Tuesday, the former governor told the jury Goodwin sent him a letter in March of 2012, asking him to reappoint his son-in-law, Robert Hardie, to the UVa Board of Visitors.
McDonnell testified he rejected the request because he didn't think Hardie's views on higher education were consistent with the direction he wanted the board to move. This nugget is important to McDonnell's defense because Goodwin toed the line as friend and donor to McDonnell, similar to how McDonnell viewed Johnnie Williams, according to his defense.
A national fraternity organization this week finalized three presidential committees to study hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students in fraternities. ... Dr. Ed Hammond, president emeritus of Fort Hayes State University, will lead a group studying alcohol use within fraternity culture; Allen Groves, University of Virginia dean of students, will lead a group studying sexual violence and abuse prevention; and Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, will lead a group studying hazing awareness and prevention.
The University of Virginia has topped the Daily Caller's list of best colleges in America.
Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, spoke at the University of Virginia on Tuesday about the increasingly strained relationship between these two countries, along with the hopes of how it can be fixed.