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U.Va.'s School of Nursing ranks fifth in this list of the top nursing schools on the East Coast.
Tuition increases this year at Virginia’s public universities that were the lowest in a decade might have been “artificially depressed” as the result of political pressure and schools will have difficulty sustaining them, the state Senate Finance Committee was told Thursday. … “We have heard repeatedly messages from Richmond, whether it’s the governor’s office or even legislators, that we need to hold our tuition rates somewhere near inflation,” said Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget for the University of Virginia.
In an amusing discussion of the The Ohio State issue on a Web site called The Straight Dope, someone remarks: “Of course, my university (UVA) refers to itself as ‘The University.’ Us arrogant? Nah … ” Another commenter chimes in: “Don’t let anyone there catch you referring to ‘The Grounds’ as ‘campus.’” As far as the pretentiousness goes, it would seem, the University of Virginia takes the cake.
The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is on the lookout for entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded against great odds. The U.Va. school’s Institute for Business in Society will honor some of those intrepid small-business owners with its Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards.
There is at least one place with huge potential for ending wasteful higher education spending: to stop subsidizing students who do not graduate and put their education to good use, say Jenna Ashley Robinson and Jay Schalin of the Pope Center for Higher Education. … The University of Virginia is at the other extreme, wasting less than a quarter of a million dollars per year due to drop-outs.
For the University of Virginia, the future is now, just greatly improved. University committees, and a consultant hired to provide a strategic vision for UVa, are recommending the university focus on its current strengths and improve them. The advice comes after interviewing more than 10,000 students, faculty, alumni and officials from other universities around the country. In a report to the UVa Board of Visitors on Tuesday, Art & Science Group recommended that the university rework itself into a collegiate research university. The school would emphasize student academic experience and interaction with faculty, as well as improving the research areas in which the university current excels.
The University of Virginia's Human Resources Dept. received the 2013 HR Innovation Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
(Commentary) Cleveland’s belief in a limited government may be why he doesn’t achieve his status when ranked with other presidents. This from the Miller Center at the University of Virginia: “In the final analysis, Cleveland thought more in terms of command than leadership. As the nation’s chief executive, he had no real vision for the future, nor was he interested in articulating one, suggesting that his was still a pre-modern presidency. … In his mind, it was enough for him to be hard working, honest and independent. These are virtues in a small town mayor, perhaps, and necessary attributes in a President in time of political corruption — but no real basis for greatness in an era of severe economic depression, populist insurgency, and increasing prominence on the world scene.”
A higher education consulting firm had a blunt message for the University of Virginia’s governing board Tuesday: Despite the university’s vaunted stature as a “public Ivy,” school and state leaders have been complacent in the past 15 years and U-Va. is now falling behind many of its competitors.
Today's pick: Stephen Colbert Salutes U.Va.'s Class of 2013 on YouTube. The topic: It's cap and gown season, and the University of Virginia YouTube channel has uploaded comedian Stephen Colbert's Valedictory Address to the school's class of 2013.
Stephen Colbert’s speech at Saturday’s Valediction was cited as “The Speech Baby Boomers Will Hate the Most.”
As part of its commencement celebrations this past weekend, the University of Virginia announced that its long-term fund-raising campaign had met its goal of bringing in more than $3-billion. In making the announcement, the university’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, called the Campaign for the University of Virginia “the most ambitious capital campaign in the history of public higher education.”
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Monday appointed William H. Goodwin Jr. vice rector and preliminarily approved a $2.7-billion budget.