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SHANNON GILKEY, R.I. postsecondary commissioner, released Friday a 12-page report that notes multiple recommendations created by the department’s advisory committee to help guide priorities of higher education in the state over the next five years. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner report seeks more staffing, funding for...

PROVIDENCE – A report released Friday by the R.I. Office of Postsecondary Commissioner calls for more staffing and funding for state public colleges among...
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment...
THE COMEBACK: Jennifer Vinalon returned to the classroom at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus 10 years after she stopped pursuing a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in the spring and was a commencement speaker. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Some colleges focus on persuading older students to finish what they...

Graduating college is a milestone for many, perhaps more so in a pandemic. For Jennifer Vinalon, the diploma holds even more significance. Vinalon, 37, earned...

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...

Rhode Island names new higher education commissioner

WARWICK (AP) – A top administrator for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System has been named Rhode Island's new commissioner of postsecondary education. Shannon...
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