Higher Ed

Higher education stories from across upstate New York.

The Smart Schools Bond Act on the ballot this November could provide needed technology upgrades for schools. Some worry, though, that equipment bought with the funds will become outdated too quickly. As voters decide whether to approve the proposal, area schools are looking for technology investments that last.

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

Updated, 4:19 p.m. with statement Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham:

An award-winning Washington Post photographer who has covered the Ebola virus in West Africa says Syracuse University is caving to the "hysteria" of the virus by canceling his visit to campus this weekend.



Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a rare appearance before the State University of New York Board of Trustees to urge them to pass a system wide set of policies on how to respond to sexual assault and rape on campus.

Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for federal grants to create a new training program to ease the shortage of high-skilled jobs in central New York.

If the $15 million federal grant comes through, Onondaga Community College will be able to partner with local businesses and place graduates in a job and train local residents in the growing field of mechatronics.

Mechatronics requires students to be skilled in engineering, mechanics, electronics and other technical skills. Potential jobs in the field range from maintenance and repair workers, to industrial machinery mechanics.