Dover twins put value in education

DOVER — For the Patosky sisters, the importance of education is something that has been instilled in them since their childhood. At 28, the twin sisters have eight degrees between them — from associate’s up to a doctorate. Erica and Heather, born and raised in Dover, both had the importance of education ingrained in them […]

Delaware universities grappling with graduation decisions

This story has been updated. DOVER — In the wake of COVID-19, higher education institutions throughout the state are seeing significant changes to day-to-day education and their biggest event of the year: graduation. Under Gov. John Carney’s order this week that Delawareans stay at home until May 15, or when he declares the public health […]

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced funding commitments to benefit descendants of the enslaved people who […]

UD provost resigning

NEWARK — University of Delaware provost Domenico Grasso is stepping down next month. The university announced Friday in an email to students and faculty Dr. Grasso “has made a personal decision to step down from his current role effective Oct. 15.” He will return to the university in a different role for the 2018-2019 school […]

COMMENTARY: Colleges need to confront the ‘snowflake situation’

The University of Chicago has made it clear that they don’t care if their snowflakes melt. No, this isn’t about winter in Chicago, when there’s lots of snow on the banks of Lake Michigan. Rather, it’s about the delicate sensibilities of some new college students, who seemingly can’t tolerate or stand experiencing views, opinions or […]

Journalist Ford to be Wesley commencement speaker

DOVER —- Wesley College has announced Jack Ford, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and professor, will be the speaker at the 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 7 at 1:30 in the Dashiell Amphitheatre in front of the H.B. DuPont College Center.. Born in New Jersey and raised by a […]

Delaware State University cutting 23 programs

Delaware State University plans to drop 12 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs after evaluating information through a process that began more than two years ago. (Delaware State News file photo)

DOVER — Describing the move as an effort to better use its financial resources, Delaware State University will eliminate a dozen undergraduate degree programs and 11 graduate programs of the 82 currently offered by the school. The programs targeted are ones that attract the least amount of students. “This really is good news,” said Carlos […]

Townsfolk watching closely vacant Washington College

George Washington gave the College at Chester a founding gift of 50 guineas, agreed to serve on the board and gave the renamed Washington College permission to use his name. (Delaware State News/Craig Anderson)

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Life in this typically peaceful Eastern Shore town continued easing back toward normalcy on Thursday, according to residents. But until a possibly armed Washington College student is located, however, it can’t be business as usual. Said downtown business owner Michelle Timmons, “People are still kind of on edge a little bit because […]

Assanis was unanimous choice of UD board

NEWARK — The University of Delaware chose Stony Brook University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dennis Assanis as its next president Wednesday. Dr. Assanis was unanimously selected by the search committee and board of trustees to serve as the university’s 28th president. Dr. Assanis comes to UD after a career spent entirely […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware creating pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers

In Delaware, as in many places across the nation still recovering from the Great Recession, there is a common cry for more jobs. Yet in an economy where technology is driving incredible change in nearly every major industry, we must also address the skills gap. Consider manufacturing. At one time, Delaware was home to the […]