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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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Education
9:50 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Duke Researchers Say Economic Segregation in Schools is Rising

A Duke University study finds the state's schools are becoming less racially segregated and more economically segregated.

For decades, race has been the most common measure of school segregation.  But 10 years of observation by some Duke professors shows there is a bigger divide in school populations even if ethnic disparity has leveled off.

Charles Clotfelter teaches law, economics and public policy at Duke.  His team looked primarily at students getting free lunch and found that some counties handled the divide better than others:

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Education
2:10 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

UNC Launches High-Tech Eye Lab

The UNC School of Medicine has a new laboratory designed to prepare students and faculty to perform eye surgery. The university received a donation of one-million dollars from a company based in Winston-Salem called the North Carolina Eye Bank. The organization harvests and distributes eye tissue for surgery. The new lab has 19 stations that simulate cornea transplants and other procedures. Doctor Don Budenz is the chair of UNC's ophthalmology department.

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Education
10:30 am
Mon January 14, 2013

For-Profit University Opens Triad Campus

Students are beginning classes today at the new High Point campus of a for-profit university.

South University has more than 22,000 students across the country. It has 15 campuses, but the majority of students take classes on-line. South has a graduation rate of just more than 30-percent, which is better than most for-profit schools. Michael Trembley is Campus President in High Point. He expects about 85 students on this inaugural day:

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Fraud Scandal Revealed

The findings of a review of academic fraud were presented this morning to UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

Former Governor Jim Martin led the independent review. The findings reveal problems within the UNC-Chapel Hill African and Afro-American Studies department began in 1997. They involve more than 200 courses, and hundreds of students. Martin said the fraud peaked in 2007 and did not include a disproportionate amount of student athletes.

Jim Martin: "This was not an athletic scandal. This was not an athletic scandal it was an academic scandal - which is worse."

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Education
6:10 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Online Options Growing For College Students

Some of the country’s premier universities are partnering to form an innovative online classroom program.

A student at Duke or Wake Forest or UNC-Chapel Hill has a dizzying array of classes to choose from on campus. But some of those classes might not be exactly what they want or need, or the classes may not be offered when they need them.  A new partnership called Semester Online aims to change that. The idea is to teach certain classes online, creating an even larger pool of courses for students not only at Duke, Carolina, and Wake, but also at Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and a dozen other elite universities.  Duke Provost Peter Lang says it will be a great opportunity for students.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Wake School Board Member Challenging Incumbent for Schools Superintendent

June Atkinson & John Tedesco

On November 6th, North Carolina voters will elect a new governor. They'll also make selections for Council of State offices. Isaac-Davy Aronson has this look at the two candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Education
8:06 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Wake Tech Bond On Ballot

WTCC

Voters in Wake County will decide the fate of a $200 million bond for Wake Tech Community College.

Education
9:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Governor Perdue Increases Funding for Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue plans to shift 20 million dollars into funding for the state's pre-kindergarten academic enrichment program.

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