UD rolls out plans for return to campus, other institutions grappling with fall semester

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The University of Delaware is one of the first of the state’s higher education institutions to lay out its path forward for the fall semester in the wake of coronavirus. The university will begin classes Sept. 1 for the fall semester. Following Thanksgiving break, however, the semester will turn to an online model for the […]

Ice skating icon Ron Ludington remembered fondly by students

By Joanna Wilson Special to the Delaware State News NEWARK — In a coaching career that spanned six decades of U.S. Figure Skating history, Ron Ludington taught children, champions and even a chimpanzee, as well as mentoring new generations of coaches. Born Sept. 4, 1934 in Boston, ‘Luddy’s’ extraordinary life ended the morning of May […]

Universities ponder graduation makeup dates amid postponements

Delaware universities are still determining how to move forward with graduation details as coronavirus has shifted education to continue remotely for the rest of the semester. The University of Delaware announced Thursday that it would postpone its 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for May 30. “We’ve had to take a series of responsible, yet drastic measures […]

University of Delaware cancels on-campus classes, closes student housing for the semester

NEWARK — The University of Delaware has suspended on-campus classes and closed student housing for the duration of the semester due to COVID-19, officials announced Friday. “This was not an easy decision by any means. I know I speak for the entire administration and our trustees when I say that everyone wishes that the situation […]

Number of Delaware coronavirus cases rises to four

DOVER — Three more Delawareans have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the state announced Thursday. The news comes one day after the first person tested positive in Delaware. The three new cases all involve University of Delaware students — two graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher — who had contact with the first individual at an […]

Lake Forest to partner with UD for superintendent search

NEWARK — After the Lake Forest school board voted to end its contract with its superintendent in December, the board will work with the University of Delaware’s Delaware Academy of School Leadership to tap a successor. Members of the DASL team will work with the board and the Lake Forest Human Resources Department to advertise […]

Speak Out: Jobs and UD

Increase in jobs in February Hiring in the United States jumped in February as employers added 273,000 jobs, evidence that the economy was in strong shape before the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.5% last month, matching a 50-year low, down from […]

UD officials face questions on school’s public-private status

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DOVER — The debate over whether the University of Delaware is public or private continues to simmer. Less than a month after being bombarded with concerns about transparency and other issues, President Dennis Assanis faced more fierce questioning from lawmakers Tuesday. Appearing before a legislative budget committee for the second time in four weeks, top […]

Speak Out: University of Delaware audit

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Should the state auditor be able to force the University of Delaware to open its books to her? Depends who you ask. As the issue of whether Auditor Kathy McGuiness can conduct a performance audit on the state’s flagship educational institution continues to linger, the legislature’s budget-writing committee said this week it intends to send […]

Commentary: Taking pride in Delaware’s public school system

By Evelyn A. Edney, Ed.D. The following is an open letter to University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis, I am writing to you today to respond to your recent comments about the K-12 Delaware Public School System. I waited for some time to respond, because my emotions were getting the best of me, and the […]