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A TOTAL OF 13 online programs from five local colleges and universities appeared on the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Online Program ranking released earlier this week. / COURTESY U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

Regional schools gain more recognition in latest U.S. News online program...

PROVIDENCE – More southeastern New England schools’ online degree programs were highlighted in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Online programs report...
A 16-POINT INCREASE was measured in the November 2018 CCI compared to the October 2018 figure. However, the latest data still represents a 34-point decrease year over year when compared to November 2017. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI increases in Nov., but signs point to “weakening” economy

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Characterizing November’s performance as a “reprieve” from October's results, University of Rhode Island Economist Leonard Lardaro announced the November Rhode Island...
SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: Meghan M. Hill recently graduated from Rhode Island College’s education program and began a six-month substitute teaching position at RIC’s on-campus Henry Barnard Elementary School in January. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Educating teachers is a shrinking business

Meghan M. Hill wanted to be a teacher since she was in the fourth grade.Of her chosen career path, the 23-year-old Scituate native said:...
CREATIVE MIND: Alison Van Hemelrijck, owner of Rijck Leather, in her studio at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown. Van Hemelrijck previously worked in fashion design in California before switching gears to become a leather-goods manufacturer. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Rijck Leather easy to identify with

A 2007 University of Rhode Island graduate, Alison Van Hemelrijck escaped the cold of New England for a career in fashion in Los Angeles....
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Stefan Pryor

5Q: Stefan Pryor | Secretary of commerce, Rhode Island1. What was it like being president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. in the aftermath...

URI study examines effects of nutrition guidance house calls

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Poor nutrition is a leading risk factor for death and disability in the U.S., particularly for low-income, minority children, but one...

URI team honored for research in educational development

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Now in its 19th year, the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development was presented to Eric Kaldor,...
NEW FACE: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, center, speaks with Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Charlestown, and Sen.-elect Jessica de la Cruz, a Republican who will represent North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, during an orientation for new members in the Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lawmakers have returned to tackle a host of familiar issues

The General Assembly reopened Jan. 1 with a new configuration of legislators facing many of the same issues that have been circulating in the...
NEW CONSORTIUM: Touba Ghadessi, left, co-founder of the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities, speaks with Alison Ricco, administrative associate office of the provost. Ghadessi hopes to encourage more students to pursue the humanities as a career path by partnering with 10 other New England-based higher education institutions with humanities centers to form the New England Humanities Consortium./PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO.

Schools form consortium to encourage students to pursue humanities degrees

As co-founder of the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities at Wheaton College in Norton, Touba Ghadessi knows all too well how the humanities have...
BEFORE BECOMING RHODE ISLAND’S first secretary of commerce, Stefan Pryor was involved in reconstruction efforts in New York City following the 9/11 attacks as head of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., formed in the aftermath of the disaster. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Five Questions With: Stefan Pryor

Stefan Pryor is Rhode Island’s first secretary of commerce. He was appointed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and unanimously confirmed by the state Senate...
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