http://fpru.org/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 19:56:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 University of Montevallo: University of Montevallo named best public school in the state for English and History http://fpru.org/university-of-montevallo-university-of-montevallo-named-best-public-school-in-the-state-for-english-and-history/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:42:00 +0000 http://fpru.org/university-of-montevallo-university-of-montevallo-named-best-public-school-in-the-state-for-english-and-history/

September 17, 2021

The University of Montevallo is the state’s top university for English majors and Alabama’s top public university for history majors, according to the recently released Niche.com 2022 ranking of top colleges.

The ranking compared the best English language programs in Alabama, and UM topped the list for combined public and private higher education institutions.

UM was also named the best public university in the state for majors in history in the 2022 ranking, in a list comparing all public and private universities in the state.

The ranking of the best colleges was based on key statistics such as graduation rate, program demand, faculty-to-student ratio, student ratings, and data from the US Department of Education.

“I am delighted to see such an affirmation for these programs as well as recognition of the dedication of English and history teachers,” said Dr Ruth Truss, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM. “These professors focus on student success and build on that success through both traditional and innovative course offerings, from medieval literature to graphic novels, from Renaissance to digital history. Regardless of course details. the common element is that the faculty constantly encourages students to develop and refine their critical thinking, research and communication skills, thereby preparing students for the careers they choose to pursue. “

The University of Montevallo is the state’s top university for English majors and Alabama’s top public university for history majors, according to the recently released Niche.com 2022 ranking of top colleges.

The ranking compared the best English language programs in Alabama, and UM topped the list for combined public and private higher education institutions.

UM was also named the best public university in the state for majors in history in the 2022 ranking, in a list comparing all public and private universities in the state.

The ranking of the best colleges was based on key statistics such as graduation rate, program demand, faculty-to-student ratio, student ratings, and data from the US Department of Education.

“I am delighted to see such an affirmation for these programs as well as recognition of the dedication of English and history teachers,” said Dr Ruth Truss, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM. “These professors focus on student success and build on that success through both traditional and innovative course offerings, from medieval literature to graphic novels, from Renaissance to digital history. Regardless of course details. the common element is that the faculty constantly encourages students to develop and refine their critical thinking, research and communication skills, thereby preparing students for the careers they choose to pursue. “


This press release was produced by University of Montevallo. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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In first month of school, University of Vermont registers 85 positive cases of Covid http://fpru.org/in-first-month-of-school-university-of-vermont-registers-85-positive-cases-of-covid/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:58:13 +0000 http://fpru.org/in-first-month-of-school-university-of-vermont-registers-85-positive-cases-of-covid/
Old Mill at the University of Vermont at Burlington in July 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell / VTDigger

Updated at 6:44 p.m.

Officials at the University of Vermont say the highly contagious Delta variant is likely behind the growth of Covid-19 cases at a rate exceeding that of last year.

The university has so far recorded 83 cases of Covid in the first month of campus activity among a widely vaccinated student population, according to data released by the school. That is compared to 102 student cases for the entire fall semester of 2020 before vaccines became available, according to university spokesperson Enrique Corredera.

This fall’s Covid numbers remain well below the 697 cases of UVM students recorded in the spring semester of 2021, when most students remained ineligible for the jab.

UVM demanded this semester that students be vaccinated against Covid to attend school, with exemptions allowed for religious and medical reasons. Of 13,826 students, only 214 – or 1.5% of the population – benefited from such exemptions, according to the university.

In addition to this semester’s cases among students – including 59 who live off campus and 24 who live on campus – two staff members have tested positive, according to the university. No case was recorded among the professors.

Corredera said case growth this semester is “relatively small” and should be seen in context.

“In the fall of 2020, there was no highly transmissible variant of the virus, compared to the spring of 2021 when the variants were in circulation and vaccines were not available for most of the semester, compared to the fall 2021 with the highly transmissible Delta variant in circulation and widespread vaccination, ”he said. in an email to VTDigger.

Corredera said that while the Delta variant can lead to new cases, evidence shows that Covid vaccines prevent the vast majority of people from developing severe symptoms if infected. He said a very small percentage of students who have tested positive so far have shown symptoms.

Last academic year, the UVM asked all students to undergo regular Covid testing in an effort to contain the spread of cases. When cases increased in the spring semester, weekly tests were increased to twice a week.

This academic year, tests are no longer mandatory for vaccinated students, although they remain available on campus. Students who are not vaccinated under these exemptions are required to submit to weekly tests, according to the UVM website.

Although faculty and staff are currently not on a vaccination mandate, Corredera said all employees should “receive” the vaccine. (President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees is also likely to apply to the university.) Corredera said more than 90% of employees would be vaccinated based on estimates from the Department of Vermont Health.

Corredera said the university continues to follow the advice of public health experts and that current UVM mitigation measures are appropriate.

“These measures give us the ability to deliver a near-normal, high-quality educational experience, on campus, in person,” said Corredera.

Asked about the current case rates on campus at a press conference Wednesday at UVM’s Davis Center, university president Suresh Garimella said he believed the return to campus was going “remarkably well. good”.

He pointed out that the campus community’s high vaccination rates and the requirement for indoor masks were positive signs that members of the UVM community continued to take the pandemic seriously, unlike other parts of the country. .

“I would say it exceeded expectations,” Garimella said of returning to campus. “And I have very high expectations.”

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Staff Shortages in Public Schools, HUD Flood Prone Homes and Surfside Update http://fpru.org/staff-shortages-in-public-schools-hud-flood-prone-homes-and-surfside-update/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 21:23:00 +0000 http://fpru.org/staff-shortages-in-public-schools-hud-flood-prone-homes-and-surfside-update/

Public schools face staffing shortages in South Florida as the return of children to class coincides with a wave of coronavirus.

The debate on masks for students continues. And now staff shortages are affecting everything from transportation to dining rooms.

WLRN is there for you, even when life is unpredictable. Our reporters continue to work hard to keep you informed across South Florida. Thank you for supporting this vital work. Become a member of the WLRN today. Thank you.

The Palm Beach Post reported the first week of class in one district this year there was a shortage of teachers and substitute teachers. In an effort to retain substitute teachers and bus drivers, districts are increasing salaries.

Sonja Isger covers education for the Palm Beach Post and says there are several things that have led to this shortage.

“I think the first thing we need to remember is that in this pandemic we are seeing staff shortages that are happening across all industries. And then, on top of that, I think mostly in Florida, what you saw was heightened concern about the health issues brought on by the more contagious delta variant and the prospect of returning to classrooms this fall for the first time. times that were fully populated by students, ”Isger said.“ This is the first time that every student has been asked to return to class, so I think health issues were probably the key to the increase in numbers. and shortages. “

Scott Travis covers education for the Sun Sentinel and said bus shortages are also major issues in our area, noting that school districts have had to double routes for many drivers.

“It’s been a real mess this year, especially in the first few weeks of the school year,” Travis said. “They had kids that sometimes waited hours for the buses, and then they walked to their bus stop, then the bus driver wouldn’t be there at the normal time. And then they end up being an hour too late for it. school or they don’t come home until seven at night.

NPR HUD Survey

a NPR survey found that the Federal Housing Department disproportionately sells homes to people in flood-prone areas, many of whom were unaware they were buying these properties in flood-prone areas.

While buying a home in a flood-prone area may seem unappealing to some, Roger Pardo, a registered brokerage firm to sell homes with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, told WLRN the homes were selling for enough. quickly.

“A lot of the time, we already have 10 clients here and their agent tells us that I already have an offer that is 20, 30 or 40% higher than the asking price and all in cash,” Pardo said.

WLRN reporters Danny Rivero and Jenny Staletovich examined HUD properties in flood-prone areas in South Florida. Over 230 are located in South Florida.

“So HUD basically guarantees government guaranteed loans, so if you get a loan from [Veterans Affairs], from Fannie Mae, HUD provides insurance to the mortgage company, ”Staletovich said. “If your house is foreclosed, the bank can either sell it or go back to HUD to claim their insurance. And then HUD now owns this property.

Rivero added that there were several reasons NPR wanted to specifically look at HUD homes in flood-prone areas.

“NPR was interested in this because it’s not a much talked about or heavily publicized program, but there are thousands and tens of thousands, in fact, of homes across the country. countries that are part of it, ”Rivero said.

Update on the south building of the Champlain towers in Surfside

It has been almost three months since the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside.

TO municipal commission meeting this week, dozens of people came to urge leaders to consider moving the city’s community center to where the collapsed condominium was located – or keeping the center where it is now. There is also opposition to the proposal.

Commissioners said they opposed moving the community center out of the heart of the city. Some have suggested getting state or federal governments to buy the property and then build a memorial there. And the mayor believes the plan will not go forward without a referendum, which seems unlikely.

The commission and residents are exploring alternative locations to build a memorial for the 98 people who lost their lives in June.

WLRN’s Veronica Zaragovia joined the program to discuss the uncertain future of the Champlain Towers South Condo collapse site.

“A Surfside resident who had a unit in the South Champlain Tower suggested using a park on 88th Street,” Zaragovia said. “Miami Beach has also offered a park space, but the overwhelming opinion that I hear again and again is the need for a memorial on this land where people have died.”

University of Miami fans saved cat from frightening fall

The furry feline fell but was caught by an American flag held by football fans during the University of Miami home game at Hard Rock Stadium last Saturday.

Isabella Didio is the editor-in-chief of Miami Hurricane, the University of Miami student newspaper.

She was in the stadium, a few blocks away when it happened, and wrote about viral kitten rescue.

“It’s so fair that they saved the cat by using an American flag. And honestly, when they waved the cat, everyone applauded, ”Didio said. “I felt like everyone in the stadium was united and together, so it was quite appropriate.


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Green Grove Public School Ludhiana observes World Ozone Day http://fpru.org/green-grove-public-school-ludhiana-observes-world-ozone-day/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:08:26 +0000 http://fpru.org/green-grove-public-school-ludhiana-observes-world-ozone-day/

Green Grove Public School celebrated World Ozone Day. Students in class 11 Mehak Hundal, Sukhjot and Pridhi, and Shreya in class 9 presented speeches and Powerpoint presentations to improve people’s knowledge and inspire them to help save the ozone layer through modest efforts but effective.

Discussion on ozone depletion and protection

World Ozone Day was celebrated at the Center for One Health, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and University of Animal Sciences. The event was held within the framework of the ICAR-Institutional Development Plan-National Agricultural Higher Education Project (IDP-NAHEP). Over 90 participants, including students and faculty, joined in this event. Randhir Singh, Co-Organizing Secretary and Professor of the Center for One Health, welcomed Lakhvir Kaur Dhaliwal, Professor of Agricultural Meteorology, Department of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, Agricultural University of Punjab. During her expert conference, she spoke about “the depletion and protection of the ozone layer”.

BCM Kindergarten Celebrates Nutrition Week

BCM Kindergarten, Basant Avenue, Dugri, Ludhiana celebrated Nutrition Week. Teachers explained to students the importance of Fruit Day, Vegetable Day, Grain Day, Protein Day, and Dairy Day. The children shared pictures with their healthy plates. The teachers told the students to maintain a healthy routine.

BVM, Kitchlu Nagar Honors Swachhta Ambassadors

BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, sensitized the community under Swachhta Pakhwada. The school organized a community awareness program, a green school campaign, participation in Swachhta, a hand washing day, a personal hygiene day and a Swachhta exhibition. The school also honored the Swachhta Ambassadors. The junior students collected pieces of paper, dry leaves, plants to maintain and water. Sangeeta Gupta shared the scientific benefits of Swachh and homemade food.

Ramgarhia Girls College students shine in PU exam

The students of Ramgarhia Girls College, Ludhiana, brought laurels to the college by winning first places in the fourth semester exam for Masters in Vocal Music at the University of Punjab. Tanishq Kaur Anand dominated the university reaching 86.7%, Harmandeep Kaur got the third position with 86.3%. Priyanka got the eighth position in college with 83.7%. Damanpreet Kaur took the ninth position with 83.6% and Daljeet Kaur took the tenth position scoring 83.3%.


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UVI Climbs to 6th Place – Best Public School in USA News and Global Report http://fpru.org/uvi-climbs-to-6th-place-best-public-school-in-usa-news-and-global-report/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 15:49:00 +0000 http://fpru.org/uvi-climbs-to-6th-place-best-public-school-in-usa-news-and-global-report/
UVI’s improved grades reflect our continued commitment to excellence, student success, and delivering strong financial aid programs to help our students achieve their goals.

– President of UVI, Dr David Hall.

ST THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, September 16, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has climbed to sixth place among the best American public schools in the category of regional colleges in the southern region, according to the ranking of the best colleges US News & World Report 2022 published today. In addition to moving from seventh to sixth place, UVI placed 35th among all regional colleges in the south – an increase from last year – and placed 42nd on the mobility measure. social.

“UVI’s improved grades reflect our continued commitment to excellence, student success, and delivering strong financial aid programs to help our students achieve their goals,” said UVI President, Dr David Hall. “In our global environment where UVI competes for students from all over the world, we are pleased to be recognized by a respected authority in the ranking of colleges and to rank among the best schools in our region.

US News & World Report annually publishes the Top Colleges List based on the assessment of more than 1,400 colleges and universities in the United States on 17 measures of academic quality. To make reasonable comparisons between colleges and universities, schools are grouped into different categories based on academic mission and geographic region. In the ranking of the best colleges, UVI is classified as a regional college located in the southern region. Ranking factors include graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources per student, alumni donation rate, graduate indebtedness, and social mobility. The Social Mobility Indicator measures how well schools have graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. According to the report, students receiving these scholarships typically come from households with family income of less than $ 50,000 per year, although most Pell Grant funds go to students with total family income of less than $ 20,000.

To make university attendance affordable for more students, UVI offers a variety of financial aid and scholarship programs in addition to its free tuition program for Virgin Islands students. In August, UVI introduced several major financial supports for eligible students, including debt cancellation, free housing, and a $ 500 tech scholarship to help students during the pandemic.

“As we approach our 60th year of service to the Virgin Islands, we could not be more proud of our growth as an institution and the honor of being recognized again nationally,” said the Dr Hall. “We are grateful for the collective efforts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors who continue to propel UVI in our pursuit of excellence and innovation and to have a positive impact in the Virgin Islands, in our region. and beyond.”

For a link to the US News & World Report announcement, click here. For more information on UVI, visitwww.uvi.edu.

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OSU named one of the best public schools in US News and World Report http://fpru.org/osu-named-one-of-the-best-public-schools-in-us-news-and-world-report/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 13:40:30 +0000 http://fpru.org/osu-named-one-of-the-best-public-schools-in-us-news-and-world-report/

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Media contact: Jordan Bishop | Communication specialist | 405-744-9782 | jordan.bishop@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University has maintained its strong position among the Top 100 Public Schools over the past American News and World ReportThe list of top university rankings is released this week.

In the overall category of top national university, OSU tied for 187 out of nearly 400 schools, both public and private. OSU ranked even higher – 96th – as best public school. As a Best Value School, OSU is ranked 156th, overtaking the University of Oklahoma (# 177) and the University of Texas (# 186).

The largest increase for the university came in the Best Colleges for Veterans category, where OSU has gained 24 spots from 2021. OSU now sits 121st in this category.

OSU comes in second in the Big 12 Conference behind Kansas State University in the A-Plus Schools for B Students category. This category is compiled according to a number of criteria, including ranking in the top three-quarters of all of the best colleges. Another is having an average retention rate of 75 percent or more in first grade, among other things. In the A Plus Schools for B Students category, OSU placed 53rd overall.

For undergraduate rankings, OSU’s Spears School of Business is tied for 84th overall in business school rankings and 32nd for its entrepreneurship program.

OSU’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 96th overall, and the undergraduate computer science program is tied for 154th.

American News and World Report is the world authority in education rankings. In its 37th year, the ranking assesses more than 1,400 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality.

To see the American News and World Report Ranking of the best colleges 2022, go to okla.st/2022rankings.

In other ranking news, Princeton Review lists OSU as one of best colleges in the western region.


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Celebrate progress made in improving public school facilities http://fpru.org/celebrate-progress-made-in-improving-public-school-facilities/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 10:06:20 +0000 http://fpru.org/celebrate-progress-made-in-improving-public-school-facilities/

Even with my children’s school days behind me, I can’t help but be enthusiastic at the start of each school year. Fall here in Gainesville always brings such a feeling of fresh start and renewal, if not even the cooler temperatures that come with the change of seasons.

This year more than ever, we need that fresh start feeling, and for our K-12 students and their parents, this school year has been anticipated like never before. While the pandemic isn’t quite over with us just yet, we were able to resume in-person learning in our county and one of the really good things I’m celebrating this fall is the progress made by the county school board. Alachua by improving our District-wide Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) facilities.