Higher Ed

Higher education stories from across upstate New York.

The level of adult illiteracy in Onondaga County has held steady at just above the national average for the past several years. Nearly 1-in-5 adults in central New York can’t read and write beyond an elementary school level.

But it’s not all immigrants taking up English as a second language. There are just has many adults who graduated high school but could never read as well as they should.

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Binghamton University is in the first stages of constructing the new home to its physics and chemistry departments. But it’s more than Bunsen burners and good ventilation.

Case and point: Wei Zhao. She’s in year three of a PhD program in chemistry. At the groundbreaking event for the Innovative Technologies Complex last week, Zhao explained she’s doing research that could one day change the way cell phones are made.

Education funding advocates say they have a use for the recently announced $4.2 billion state surplus. They say schools in New York, particularly the state’s poorest schools, could really use the money.

The Alliance for Quality Education’s Billy Easton says New York has fallen far behind in carrying out an order issued eight years ago form the state’s highest court saying schools, particularly the poorest districts,  deserve billions of dollars more in state funding each year.

A new program has been created to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce the plan to create an advanced manufacturing early college program at Burgard High School.

With all the recent uproar over the Common Core Standards  - higher education -  for the most part has remained quiet.  But Tuesday that changed as 200-colleges in 33-states announced the new Higher Education for Higher Standards Coalition.