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Georgia State University president considers school's future

Aug. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University's president has been meeting with faculty, administrators and students to chart the institution's course for the future. President Mark Becker's goals include improving graduation rates; and increasing racial diversity among the faculty. Other goals include the...

University of Montana targets higher retention rate

Aug. 21, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana has set new goals of keeping more first-year students on campus and increasing graduation rates. The Missoulian reports university President Seth Bodnar announced Tuesday the goals of bringing the first-year retention rate above 80% and the six-year...

U of M-Dearborn reverses self on no winter commencement

Aug. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan-Dearborn has reversed its decision to cancel its December commencement this year after students protested. Provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Catherine Davy announced the cancellation Friday in favor of a single spring ceremony but reversed...

Summer school graduation honors second-chance seniors

Aug. 17, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — For 24 now-graduated high school seniors — and the staff who pushed them — the night of Aug. 15 came better late than never. It didn't have the elbow-to-elbow crowds or the scattering of air horn bursts like the standard Cabell Midland or Huntington High graduations,...

Evers: Lt. gov has been 'truthful' about college career

Aug. 16, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said Friday that he believes Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has been truthful about whether he graduated from college. Barnes volunteered in an interview this month with Isthmus, a weekly Madison newspaper, that he didn't graduate from Alabama A&M University because he...

California bill updates transgender students' school records

Aug. 15, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California school districts would be required to update their records to reflect the names and genders of graduates who have changed them since getting their diplomas under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Thursday. The measure they sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom is intended to...

California bill updates transgender students' school records

Aug. 15, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill requiring school districts to update their records to reflect the chosen names and genders of graduates. Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco said his measure that won final legislative approval Thursday is...

Mississippi could drop high school history exam

Aug. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students take in high school may be going away. A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test. Students formerly had to pass that test, plus exams in English, algebra and...

To boost workforce, medical schools try to sell rural life

Aug. 9, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session. Bibireddy and nine other medical students had already been biking and rafting on their visit to rural...

Wisconsin's Barnes defends saying he 'finished' college

Aug. 8, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Thursday defended his portrayal of his college record, blaming a campaign staffer for a questionnaire that falsely said he had graduated from Alabama A&M and denying that he himself had ever made the claim. The issue erupted after the Isthmus newspaper...