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One University of Virginia student group is trying to make a difference in the lives and futures of Albemarle County students.
The National Society of Black Engineers went out into neighborhoods Saturday to share college information packets with teenagers in the area. Group members knocked on doors and talked to families about STEM careers; those are in science, technology, engineering and math.
Among key drivers in the cost of higher education are the salaries of support staff — and that can include anyone from the police to the provost.
With three exceptions in Virginia, such salaries at the state’s public four-year institutions aren’t out of line with what’s paid at comparable schools nationally, a General Assembly-mandated study says. The average salaries of upper- and mid-level support staff at most schools are near or below the average of similar institutions.
But the report last week by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission singles out the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech as going against the trend.
...All three schools say the conclusion is based on faulty peer groups.
The Board of Trustees has appointed John D. Simon, the executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, the 14th president of Lehigh University.
Roughly 150 years after they were laid to rest, the University of Virginia on Thursday commemorated about 70 people buried in a gravesite for African-Americans — both enslaved and free — who toiled as servants on Grounds in the university’s early years. “They may have been forgotten by man, but, by God, they were never forgotten,” said Dr. Marcus L. Martin, the university’s chief officer for diversity and equity. Martin led the nighttime ceremony at the UVa Cemetery.
One-hundred people from all over the country are in Charlottesville this week talking about how to help our kids flourish. The fourth annual Youth-Nex conference, hosted by the University of Virginia's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, is being held at UVA this week. The conference, called "Let's Talk After-School," focuses on the importance of after-school programs to kids' healthy development.
The executive branch cuts McAuliffe announced Wednesday are part of a plan that also includes reductions in state aid to colleges and universities and local governments to cut spending by $346 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.
At Virginia’s public colleges and universities, a student typically pays $13,200 over a four-year career to fund “support services,” according to a new state study. That’s a lot of money – and mostly for functions that do not directly assist academics. … The University of Virginia, however, spent 50 percent more than its peer institutions, as did two other schools. In its defense, UVa noted that it is ranked as the No. 2 public university in the country, yet it achieves that status despite ranking 59th in resources expended per student. UVa says it already is looking into the issue of efficiencies and expenditures. That’s something all state schools should be addressing.
The University of Virginia's Honor Committee is trying to extend its honor system to include having a sandwich on the Corner. The proposed program is called it Eat Now, Pay Later. Think of it as dining and dashing but with both parties' consent. If students forget their wallets, the program would allow them to order food from the Corner on their honor. The students pledge to return and pay back their bills.
The University of Virginia’s bike-sharing program, which was originally set to launch at the end of the summer, has been delayed until late in the current semester. The university has bikes, stations and a communications plan ready for the program. However, issues with production of the “brain” – a system designed to keep track of the bikes and participating members – has caused the delay.
About one-fifth of all spending by Virginia’s public universities goes toward support functions, costing a typical student about $13,200 over four years. But most state institutions are spending less than comparable schools nationwide, and 57 percent of that spending goes to support academic services, state lawmakers were told Tuesday. All Virginia public schools spent less than similar private institutions. Eleven universities spent less on support functions than their peer public institutions nationwide. Six — James Madison, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, Radford, Virginia State and Virginia Tech — spent less than 75 percent of other similar public institutions. In contrast, the University of Mary Washington, the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia and Virginia Military Institute were above the median of their peer group.
One of the universities currently being investigated for possible Title IX violations is the University of Virginia. The university unveiled two new campaigns to address sexual violence on and around campus – Not On Our Grounds and Hoo’s Got Your Back. Both are aimed at creating awareness about the importance of being “an active bystander.” Associate Dean of Students Nicole Eramo explained to MintPress that the Hoo’s Got Your Back campaign focuses on the three D’s: Direct (“Checking in with someone, asking if they’re Ok.”); Delegate (“Call 911. Get others involved when you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.”); Distract (“Use something else to get someone out of a situation.”) With this campaign and Not On Our Grounds, the university is hoping to encourage students to step in, which can hopefully stop an incident of sexual violence from occurring at all.
Students who want to attend a prestigious university shouldn’t let the cost of tuition scare them, deans from four schools told local high school students on Tuesday. About 100 people attended an informational session hosted by Harvard, Princeton, the University of Virginia and Yale at the Four Points by Sheraton Charleston on Tuesday evening.
The University of Virginia's nearly two century-old Rotunda is currently undergoing some extensive renovations. And during any history building renovation, structure stability is always a concern. In order to prevent cracks in the Rotunda’s historic walls, workers have attached more than 100 targets, which are hit by laser beams every four minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.