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Massachusetts launches free community college program

PROVIDENCE – Attending community college is now free for millions of Massachusetts residents.  Gov. Maura T. Healey on Thursday launched MassReconnect, her administration’s new program...
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE will start offering the Hope Scholarship pilot program this fall. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

RIC to offer Hope Scholarship this fall

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College’s new state-funded pilot scholarship program will launch this fall. The state college announced Friday that the Hope Scholarship, first introduced...
MEGHAN L. HUGHES will step down as president of the Community College of Rhode Island on Aug. 31. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hughes stepping down as CCRI president on Aug. 31

WARWICK – After more than seven years at the helm, the president of the state’s community college will step away. Meghan L. Hughes, who has...
UNWELCOME FEELING: Erik Christiansen, Rhode Island College history professor and faculty union president, says the college has undergone changes in the last decade, not all for the better.

SCHOOL DAZE: RIC searches for identity amid severe enrollment drop

Erik Christiansen didn’t know much about Rhode Island College when he agreed to take a job teaching history there in 2010. The Maryland native quickly...
NEW I­NCENTIVE: Rhode Island College interim President Jack Warner wants state lawmakers to approve a scholarship to cover two years of tuition for students who enroll directly out of high school. 

Give RIC scholarship to help lure students

A 33% decline in enrollment at Rhode Island College over the last decade should be sounding alarm bells on campus and at the Statehouse. The...
BARBARA S. COTTAM will step down on Oct. 6 from her role as chairperson of the R.I. Board of Education to take on a new role with the U.S. Department of Commerce. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I. education board chairperson to step down, takes new role with...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s education board chairperson will soon be heading to the nation’s capital to work with Rhode Island’s former governor. In a Sept....
HELENA B. FOULKES announced Wednesday in a new campaign ad that, if elected this year, she won't seek re-election if student performance across Rhode Island doesn't improve in four years. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Foulkes vows to improve student performance across state if elected

PROVIDENCE – In a unique campaign announcement Wednesday, former CVS Health Corp. executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Helena B. Foulkes said, if elected, she...
GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, center, on Friday signed into law legislation that eliminates the sunset provision of the Rhode Island Promise program at the Community College of Rhode Island. / COURTESY OFFICE OF GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE

McKee signs law to make R.I. Promise program permanent

WARWICK – With a few strokes of a pen, Gov. Daniel J. McKee has now made the state’s Rhode Island Promise program at the...

Five Questions With: Shannon Gilkey

Shannon Gilkey | Commissioner on postsecondary education 1. As the new higher-ed chief, what is your vision for at Rhode Island College and Community...
EARNING A SHOT: Talia Thibodeau, a standout basketball player in high school, worried how she would pay for college after she graduated but is working toward an associate degree tuition-free from the Community College of Rhode Island thanks to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will R.I. Promise last after Raimondo leaves?

Talia Thibodeau faced an uncertain future as she prepared to graduate from Cranston High School West last June. Thibodeau, a standout basketball player, wanted to...
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