Education

The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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Education
7:08 am
Thu February 28, 2013

A (Text) Message 2 Die 4? Educating Young Drivers

This scene included a staged wreck, first responders, the Jaws of Life and students acting as victims.
Jeff Tiberii

On a crisp February afternoon, students watched as a fictitious emergency scene played out at Western Guilford High School. Several hundred students sat in bleachers and watched the staged horror of a car accident in the school parking lot. The program, called “message 2 die 4” was an effort between the school, local law enforcement and some Greensboro businesses. It was designed at educating teen drivers about the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UNC Wants To Make Classes Go Viral

Starting this fall, four of Coursera's 90 online courses will come from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill will start offering free online classes to the public this fall. The university announced Thursday it's partnering with the California-based company Coursera to provide four massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

"What we're hoping is that what we learn and what we develop through these MOOCs will help to enhance our face-to-face campus-based courses," says Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initatives at UNC.

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Education
8:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Thorp Moving From UNC To Washington University

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

  Holden Thorp will serve as provost at Washington University in Saint Louis after he steps down as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thorp announced the move in a campus-wide e-mail Monday morning.  Thorp had said he would stay at UNC to teach and conduct research in the chemistry department, but he says the new position will allow him to return to teaching and research while keeping administrative duties.

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Education
11:06 am
Fri February 8, 2013

UNC Report Acknowledges Fraudulent Classes

UNC's academic fraud report falls mostly in line with former Gov. Jim Martin's.

A UNC Board of Governors panel says it agrees with most of the findings from an earlier investigation of academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Toni Morrison’s ‘Home’ Chosen For UNC Summer Reading

''Home'' by Toni Morrison
Credit UNC News

“Home,” the latest novel by Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, will be the 2013 summer reading book for incoming students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christopher Putney, associate professor of Russian in the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures and chair of the selection committee that chose the book, said that students will be able to relate to “Home.”

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Education
4:25 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

McCrory Wants To Tie University Funding To Jobs

Governor Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory says he has instructed his staff to write legislation that would revamp how state universities are funded. McCrory told the Bill Bennett radio show Morning in America that universities should be funded not by how many students they enroll, but how many students get jobs after college.

"I think some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we're offering courses that have no chance at getting people jobs," McCrory said. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher

The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America
Credit ucpress.edu

Deborah Hicks  grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.

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Education
8:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Historically Black Colleges and Universities take part in "Hazing Hurts" Forum

It's the beginning of the Spring Semester and sorority and fraternity in-take season is about to begin on many college campuses.  This has traditionally been an exciting time at historically black colleges and universities where many of these Greek organizations are turning 100 years old.  

But entry into these close-knit groups have sparked major out-cry because of hazing.  And administrators say the sometimes violent and mentally taxing pledge process has spilled over into other campus groups, like the band, sports teams and even honor societies. 

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Education
5:34 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

One of Duke's First Black Students Remembers Integration

Duke University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first five black students to attend the school.  Organizations are planning several events over the next nine months leading up to the anniversary this fall.  Nat White, Jr. is one of the three surviving members of the group of five.   He said on WUNC's "The State of Things" that he didn't know quite what to make of the experience as it happened.

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