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California mother sentenced to 5 months of prison in college-admissions scandal - The Washington Post

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U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton said he would have given Janavs close to a year in prison but cited her history of good works as a mitigating factor. She has volunteered for decades. Janavs, 49, of Newport Coast, Calif., must pay $250,000 in fines and was sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. She is the 15th parent to be sentenced in the scandal that exposed weaknesses in the opaque world of elite college admissions and standardized testing. More than 50 people have been charged in connection with a scheme led by admission consultant William “Rick” Singer, who has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other crimes. Earlier this month, Douglas Hodge, the former chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co., known as Pimco, was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering. His sentence is the most serious penalty to date. Federal prosecutors described Janavs as the heir to a massive fortune and said she …

Top Public and Private Colleges in the South - The Wall Street Journal

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Feb. 26, 2020 11:18 am ETThe top colleges in the South in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are well distributed around the region.The six highest-ranked public schools in the South are all in different states, and the seven top private schools are spread over six states and the District of Columbia.The University of North Carolina...

Bold designs, local flavor help take college basketball court designs to the next level - USA TODAY

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CLOSE Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide College basketball court designs are trending towards geography. The University of Massachusetts unveiled its new design at the start of the 2019-20 season, and the entire state map of Massachusetts is largely displayed across the court with the signature UMass logo sketched on top through the middle. Even Martha’s Vineyard is drawn onto the playing surface.“The unique thing about men’s and women’s basketball is that the NCAA bylaws allow you to be more creative than football fields," said Alan Pandiani, UMass’ associate athletics director for external operations. "The genesis of our court change came from us really wanting to tie in the state pride with the love of a basketball program. The reception this season has been fantastic.”UMass, Nebraska and West Virginia are among a dozen schools to redesign in 2019, opting for a bigger look by adding giant silhouettes of their state outlines across center court. The sport’s t…

Fault Finding | Confessions of a Community College Dean - Inside Higher Ed

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You know how a stray comment can stick in your mind and not let you focus on anything else for a while?  That happened this week.On Monday I had the chance to return to the Bay State for Ross Gittell’s class on community college leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  David Baime, from AACC, and I were the guest speakers for the week.  The talk went well, I thought, with the students showing particular interest in OER.  But the most striking part of the class occurred before either of us spoke, when Ross was going over notes from the previous class.For context, most of the students in the class work at four-year colleges.  Some had personally attended community colleges, but certainly not all. Ross’ classes are the only ones focused on community colleges specifically.  So they aren’t specialists.That said, the moment that jumped out at me was as he recounted the discussion of remediation the previous week.  Apparently the students were struck by the high percentage of…

Fact checking the South Carolina debate - WICZ

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By CNN staff Welcome to CNN's fact check coverage of the tenth Democratic presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina, ahead of the state's primary on Saturday.Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the current front-runner after winning the Nevada caucus, faced attacks over his recent defense of some of the actions of Fidel Castro following the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Sanders also had to defend his recently released plan to pay for his legislative proposals such as "Medicare for All," free college, and various debt forgiveness ideas.The debate was also a chance for former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg to bounce back from a rough performance in last week's debate, when he faced criticism over sexist comments he allegedly made in the early 1990s.Former Vice President Joe Biden came into Tuesday's debate needing a strong performance ahead of Saturday's primary South Carolina to stay viable.Bloomberg hits Sanders over Russian meddlingIn an early exchange durin…

Colleges start new academic programs - Inside Higher Ed

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Colleges start new academic programs - Inside Higher EdColleges start new academic programs - Inside Higher EdPosted: 26 Feb 2020 12:06 AM PST[unable to retrieve full-text content]Colleges start new academic programsInside Higher Ed UK Launches Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition and Culinary Medicine - UKNowPosted: 26 Feb 2020 01:00 AM PST LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2020) A collaboration among three University of Kentucky colleges has resulted in an innovative new online program. Students and health professionals looking to further their education in food as it relates to health can now earn a graduate certificate in applied nutrition and culinary medicine."Food as medicine" has become a growing health movement — driving consumers to treat what they eat as a means to prevent, manage and possibly even reverse certain conditions. In addition to seeking more whole foods, people are cutting out those they think could have a detrimental effect on their long-term health…

House committee advances bills to reform virtual charter schools, give state Board of Education subpoena power - Tulsa World

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House committee advances bills to reform virtual charter schools, give state Board of Education subpoena power - Tulsa WorldHouse committee advances bills to reform virtual charter schools, give state Board of Education subpoena power - Tulsa WorldFluvanna County schools closed Wednesday after threat | Local News - The Daily ProgressFacing the Music: The Uncertain Future of the Orange County School of the Arts - LAistHouse committee advances bills to reform virtual charter schools, give state Board of Education subpoena power - Tulsa WorldPosted: 25 Feb 2020 02:55 PM PSTTwo pieces of legislation that include measures advocated for by elected officials and lawmakers amid the Epic Charter Schools investigation advanced in the House on Tuesday. House Bills 2904 and 2905, both authored by Tulsa Republican Sheila Dills, passed in the House Common Education Committee. House Bill 2904 would give the State Board of Education the power to issue subpoenas "for the appearance or production of…