higher ed


Fri March 7, 2014
College Prep

Smartphone apps aim to help low-income students college prep


A Buffalo charter school leader has created several mobile apps that aim to break down roadblocks for low-income and first generation college bound students. The apps help students find the best college for their career goals and financial situation.

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Mon February 24, 2014
Homeland Security

Could N.Y.'s new homeland security college land in Syracuse?

State Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse).
Credit Durrie Bouscaren / WRVO

New York state plans to create the nation’s first college dedicated to homeland security and emergency preparedness, which backers say is a necessary measure given the major storms and terrorist threats the state has dealt with.

And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.

State Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Republican from Syracuse, says the idea to create a homeland security and emergency preparedness college came from him and the state Senate, which he pitched to the governor.

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Fri January 24, 2014

Will a free ride to college boost STEM study in N.Y.?


In his 2014 agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving college scholarships to high school students as a way to boost study of science, technology engineering and math, or STEM.

But some educators say a scholarship may not be the best way to get more kids involved in these subjects.

Cuomo’s idea is to give a free ride at SUNY schools for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class and study STEM. The catch is they have to stay and work in New York for five years after they graduate.

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Mon October 28, 2013
Higher Ed

Panel links higher education and business to spur economic growth

The WNY Regional Summit on Higher Education and Enonomic Development
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Several SUNY leaders and business experts participated in the WNY Regional Summit on Higher Education and Economic Development in Buffalo on Friday.

The aim of the event was to discuss how education plays a key role in economic development and job creation. The seven panelists talked about the importance of continuing to invest in research, innovation, and job training programs in order to boost the quality of life and economic viability of the region.

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Tue July 23, 2013
Student Debt

Schumer happy with student loan interest rate compromise

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (file photo)
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York's senior U.S. senator says the compromise Congress is scheduled to take up on Tuesday is a good one, even if it's not exactly what he wanted.

Interested rates on government issued subsidized student loans doubled on July 1, after Congress failed to renew the program. But late last week, several lawmakers announced a compromise that will bring rates back down, for now at least.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, discussed the compromise during a stop in Syracuse Monday morning.

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