Akron Public Schools receives $1.5 million grant for college and career readiness programs

AKRON, Ohio – Akron Public Schools has received a $1.5 million grant from the Hewlett Foundation, with the United Way of Summit & Medina acting as the fiscal agent, that will go toward college and career readiness programs.

Akron’s College and Career Academies began in 2017 and are now offered at each high school, providing students with vocational training and other field-specific opportunities in one of about 60 career paths. The grant money will go toward expanding the academies, including in Akron’s elementary and middle schools, and supporting the programs which have moved online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the United Way of Summit & Medina said in a news release.

The United Way and school district are also seeking to make students more engaged in their learning and to enlist the support of parents and the community by sharing information about student learning and involving them in

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UMass Dartmouth, Bridgewater State launch accelerated programs

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The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University have announced two joint accelerated master of science programs in physics and electrical engineering. The educational partnership agreement between the institutions will provide undergraduate students at BSU with an accelerated pathway to earning a graduate degree at UMass Dartmouth.

Undergraduate students in the physics, photonics and optical engineering program in the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics at BSU will be able to seamlessly earn a master’s degree in physics or electrical engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth.

During their junior or senior year, BSU students can begin taking graduate courses at UMass Dartmouth while finishing their undergraduate degrees at BSU. This unique opportunity offers students an accelerated pathway to successfully attain their academic goals affordably. Importantly, the agreement focuses on student academic support measures including advising and research opportunities throughout the student’s educational journey.


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College basketball tips off, but COVID-19 cancels games, pauses programs

Nov. 25 (UPI) — More than 200 Division I men’s and women’s college basketball games are planned for Wednesday to tip off the 2020-2021 season, with thousands of athletes on courts around the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But not all games will go on.

The pandemic has impacted this year’s schedule, with games originally planned to start Nov. 10, but then delayed until Wednesday.

Dozens of men’s and women’s games and tournaments have been canceled or postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests for players and coaches at different programs.

Baylor, ranked No. 1 in the men’s basketball coaches poll, and No. 8 Duke are among the top teams that won’t take the floor Wednesday due to positive tests.

No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Virginia, No. 6 Iowa, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 9 Kentucky and No. 10 Illinois will start their seasons Wednesday. No. 2 Gonzaga will battle No. 5

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown now putting all college basketball programs in state at disadvantage

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown kicked up her game this week. She’s graduated from selectively distributing exemptions to putting every Division I basketball program in our state at a competitive disadvantage.

Well, at least it’s fair.

The University of Portland and Portland State basketball programs still have not received their exemptions to play games and hold full-scrimmage practices. Gov. Brown wrote in a statement on Nov. 4, “I am extending the Pac-12 exemption for college athletics to all Division I schools in Oregon because it is only fair to give Portland State University and the University of Portland the same opportunity that Oregon’s Pac-12 schools have had.”

Except, nearly three weeks later, still no exemption. Now, that stubborn stance is about to affect Oregon and Oregon State.

Gov. Brown’s office and the Oregon Health Authority have offered feedback to UP and PSU. The universities have reviewed those directives, offered to comply

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Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College receive grants for job training programs

At Morgan State, a historically Black university that serves more than 7,700 students in Baltimore, the gift will support academic programs in cryptocurrency, blockchain and mergers and acquisitions, said David Wilson, the school’s president.

“You would have to look long, very long, and hard to find African Americans, in particular, in those areas,” Wilson said. “Bank of America has recognized that and has raised its hand to say, ‘We have to do something about this, and it has to go beyond checking a box.’ ”

Anne Kress, president of the more than 51,000-student Northern Virginia Community College, said the grant will fund scholarships and provide support for FastForward — a short-term workforce credential program that trains students for jobs in the health care and information technology fields. Most programs take between six and 12 weeks to complete.

Kress said short-term programs have gained popularity “because people can plan for that

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The Greatest College Basketball Programs Ever: Ranking the top teams of all time

The big reveal is here. Below are the 25 most successful programs in men’s Division I college basketball since the advent of the NCAA Tournament in 1939. In this longest of offseasons, I was sparked to research the history of the sport, and in doing so began to assemble a list of the greatest schools. From there, I wanted to provide a ranking built much more on statistics and achievements than broad perception or subjective rankings. 

CBS Sports’ assembly of the 68 best programs in history (read the ranking of Nos. 68-51 and Nos. 50-26) was objectively driven by the data. Still, I did need to come up with categories and assign values to them. I relied upon wins and losses, NCAA Tournament success, conference dominance, NIT titles — because it was a significant tournament for decades, and even still is a marked achievement in today’s age — and the

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The Greatest College Basketball Programs Ever: Ranking the top teams of all time, Nos. 50-26

CBS Sports is running a three-part series on the greatest college basketball programs since the NCAA Tournament was first held in 1939. Part I published Tuesday and featured teams ranked No. 68 down to No. 51. Part II below reveals schools ranked No. 50 to No. 26. Part III will publish Thursday. To read up on the research methods, statistics and criteria used to build this master list of the best teams in the history of college basketball, head here. 

Record since 1938-39: 1,224-891  |  Regular-season titles: 16 
NCAA Tournaments: 16 |  Final Fours: 3
Weeks ranked: 133  |  Top-60 NBA picks: 23
POINTS: 440.8

K.C. Jones, you better watch your team. We kick off Part II with the Dons, and I’m prompted to note the sizable gap between No. 51 Washington (421.7 points) and USF here. This is a true top 50 rather than a photo finish at the

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How some college basketball programs are meeting future of player rights head-on

Soon after five-star recruit Cade Cunningham posts his first monstrous performance for Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team in the coming weeks, he is going to hear his phone ping. The Cowboys’ projected NBA lottery pick will be presented a series of content he can instantly — and legally — show off to his 160,000 followers on Instagram and elsewhere.

Flashy photos of an impressive dunk. A mid-air shot of a pretty jumper. An image featuring his focused gaze from the free throw line. Cunningham will have the ability to post every picture — which will arrive through an app created by a company called INFLCR — with which OSU and other schools have partnered to help Cunningham and his peers build their personal brands amid the changing name, image and likeness climate.

“I think it helps to educate them on the power of social media,” said University of

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Antioch University Lowers Tuition for Its Online Graduate Management Programs

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Antioch Universityannounced a close to 20% reduction in tuition costs for its online Graduate Management Programs. Beginning January 2021, tuition for new and current students in the online Master of Business Administration (MBA), MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM), and Master of Human Services Administration (MHSA) will be $550 per credit hour. The program requirements have also been reduced to 33-semester credits, making the management programs even more affordable without diminishing their quality or substance. Students can begin the programs at one of six entry points throughout the year.

“Access to affordable higher education is a social and racial justice imperative,” said Dr. Terry Ratcliff, Antioch University Provost for Distance and Extended Education. “Consequently, Antioch’s administration and management faculty want to remove barriers for those who may be held back in their educational pursuits by limited financial resources.”


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University of Phoenix announces three new competency-based education degree programs which create a faster, more cost-effective path to an advanced degree

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–University of Phoenix is offering three new competency-based education (CBE) degree programs designed to provide busy professionals with relevant industry experience the opportunity to complete an advanced degree faster. The new CBE programs include a Master of Information Systems (MIS), Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

“University of Phoenix recognizes the value of work and life experience,” said John Woods, Ph.D., chief academic officer and provost, University of Phoenix. “These degree programs are structured to help prepare professionals for leadership roles within various industries by promoting learning that can be applied to the workplace in real-time.”

Competency-based degree programs emphasize the mastery of skills and proficiency requirements for specific fields, industries and jobs. The application of that theory through projects and assignments allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the curricular components that can yield a

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