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U of I professor wins fellowship for study of violin in UK

Jan. 19, 2020 4:37 PM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A University of Illinois music professor has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Musicology professor Christina Bashford was awarded one of 188 humanities grants across the nation receiving $30.9 million. She will use the grant on a book project...

Accreditation board: McMaster had undue influence on search

Jan. 19, 2020 2:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The group that awards accreditation the University of South Carolina has determined Gov. Henry McMaster had undue influence on last year's search for a new president. The determination by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools means the university will have to submit a...

FILE - In this April 9, 2019 file photo, pedestrians walk on the campus at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. Authorities are investigating the on-campus death of a Stanford University undergraduate student but do not suspect foul play. Deputies responded Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 to a medical emergency at a residence. The Stanford Daily reported that it was the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house. The man, who was not identified, died at the scene. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

No foul play suspected in campus death of Stanford student

Jan. 19, 2020 2:39 PM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the on-campus death of a Stanford University student but do not suspect foul play, according to newspaper reports. Deputies responded Friday to a medical emergency at a residence, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said. The Stanford Daily...

Advocates for struggling college want more state funding

Jan. 19, 2020 1:22 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Advocates for a private college in Delaware that has already received millions of taxpayer dollars say the institution's request for another $3.2 million is urgently needed. Last week, both the Dover City Council and Kent County Levy Court passed resolutions urging the General Assembly...

Alabama megachurch buys more property for new college campus

Jan. 19, 2020 12:16 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One of the nation's largest churches continues buying property for a planned new campus for Highlands College, which trains ministers. Church of the Highlands is purchasing the land near the former Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham, Al.com reported. The church this month...

Ashley Mabry, 35, who has autism and Asperger's syndrome, is graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this spring. Mabry is one of three seniors in the first cohort to graduate in May from an inclusion program Colorado lawmakers enacted in December 2016 to enable intellectually disabled students to become fully matriculated at three schools: UCCS, the University of Northern Colorado and Arapahoe Community College. Since the fourth-grade Mabry has known she wanted to go to college.

University to graduate first class in special needs program

Jan. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School...

Task force recommends changes for Kansas Greek system

Jan. 19, 2020 11:39 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A task force has recommended steps for the Greek organizations at the University of Kansas to take to eliminate hazing and to connect more with the Lawrence community. The 27-member task force established in November 2018 to improve safety and efficiency in the Greek community on the...

Private security patrols to begin near University of Oregon

Jan. 19, 2020 10:02 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Victimized by an attempted arson and break-ins, a local business owner and more than a half-dozen sororities near the University of Oregon campus are splitting the cost for unarmed security patrols. The patrols are in response to increasing concerns about lawlessness, including among...

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

In Texas and other states, voters face a variety of barriers

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

Democrats believe they have a shot at making gains this year in Republican-dominated Texas, including winning control of one house of the Legislature for the first time in nearly two decades. Persuading voters isn't their only challenge. Voting and registration rules crafted by Republicans in recent years also...

Alaska university proposes tuition increase for fall

Jan. 18, 2020 3:37 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Southeast and other schools in the Alaska university system have proposed increasing tuition starting in the fall to combat a decrease in state funding. The 5% increase was brought about after significant cuts to the state's funding of the University of Alaska...