Texas now offers a college degree for $15k in tuition

Texas A&MA couple of Texas colleges are now offering bachelor’s degrees for no more than $15,000.

In 2011, the Texas governor, Rick Perry, gave a challenge to Texas universities and schools to create inexpensive options to ever-more-costly degree programs, and that included a bachelor’s degree that would cost less than $10,000 in tuition for the entire four years. The majority of schools said that it couldn’t be achieved.

They could be right, but luckily two universities accepted the challenge, and that means Texans will have a chance to see whether it’s even possible for a student to get a reputable, useful degree without taking on lifelong loan burdens. [Read more...]

UC Santa Barbara students to get vaccine not approved by FDA

NeedleStudents at a public university in California where meningitis broke out last autumn will be given a vaccine that is not yet approved by the FDA for use in the USA, public health officials were quoted as saying last week.

School officials in the most population-dense state in the union had tried to get approval from the government to use the vaccine that is approved in Europe, a vaccine that inoculates against a particular strain of this dangerous disease that has afflicted four students UC Santa Barbara. [Read more...]

College football players want to form a labor union

StadiumNorthwestern University football team players, under the tutelage of a former quarterback, have mostly all signed a petition trying to get safeguards from a solid law passed some time ago, the National Labor Relations Act. What that would mean is that they would be given official recognition as employees, and not just as college athletes.

Ramogi Human, president of the College Athlete Players Association, said that most of the team have signed cards that support a petition to be given union representation and labor rights through CAPA. [Read more...]

Florida Hospital gives UCF College of Nursing $1M Grant

UCFThe University of Central Florida College of Nursing has just gotten a grant of one million dollars to set up an endowed chair for the purposes of healthcare simulation.

This will lend support to the development and research of enhanced simulation technology to improve the educational process associated with healthcare. A computer engineer and scientist has been appointed to the position.

The interim dean of the nursing college said that she is grateful to the Florida Hospital for its incredible generosity. [Read more...]

University of Texas signs Charlie Strong to a five year contract

StrongThe college football world swirled with rumors for the better part of weeks as to who would replace Mac Brown as the Longhorns’ head coach, with many believing the University of Texas could entice legendary coach Nick Saban away from Alabama. In the end, Texas chose another big name, coming to terms with Charlie Strong, the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. The signing was historic as Strong will be Texas’ first African-American head coach, and will hopefully bring some defensive toughness to a team that sorely needs it. [Read more...]

New bill to make reporting sexual assaults mandatory in California

GavelCampus safety is an enormous concern for students. However, several lawsuits filed by college students against UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California and Occidental College have called campus officials’ diligence regarding crime reporting into question. A new bill may soon force California colleges and universities to report all incidents of sexual violence and hate crimes to law enforcement.

Bill AB 1433, sponsored by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto and introduced January 6th, would make officials at California State colleges and universities responsible for informing the local police or sheriff’s department of allegations of violent crimes unless the victim specifically disallows it. The penalty for failing to report these crimes would render the college liable for negligence. [Read more...]

UT Austin engineers publish plans for an invisibility cloak

PotterYou might think that invisibility cloaks belong to the realm of fantasy and comic books. Not so, for researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.

Recent Paper Outlines New Invisibility Design

According to recent reports from the Cockrell School, faculty members have completed plans for the first ever battery-powered invisibility cloak. Andrea Alù is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and heads the team that has developed the proposal. [Read more...]

Court rules Florida public colleges cannot have extra firearm regulations

GunFlorida state colleges and universities cannot have their own regulations concerning firearms on campus since all gun rules are to be established under state law, according to a recent ruling by the First Florida District Court of Appeals.

The ruling in a case brought by a University of North Florida commuter student against the school is the first, under a state preemption statute since it was amended in 2011, to allow for penalties to be assigned to state agencies found not to be in compliance. [Read more...]