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Virginia Tech OK’s Intelligent Infrastructure Initiative

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted Monday to approve a $78 million plan to make the university a leader in “intelligent infrastructure.” The term encompasses everything from self-driving cars and drones to smart construction and energy systems — areas, in the words of President Tim Sands, that are “related to energy systems for the cities of the future and the way that people move in and around those cities.” Continue reading

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Probing the Limits of Tuition Hikes at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is pondering a tuition increase of between 3% and 5% — over and above a 2.8% increase for the current academic year — to compensate for an $8 million reduction in state appropriations and a 3% salary … Continue reading

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‘A Day Without a Woman’ Won’t Help Alexandria Public-School Students

(Editor’s note: this column ran on the “Day Without a Woman” protest and Alexandria’s schools closed for the day) Public schools in Alexandria, Virginia, will be closed Wednesday because roughly 300 staff sought to take the day off for the … Continue reading

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Time for A New Path to Help Black Students

The Virginia General Assembly has taken an important step: For the first time, it has approved bills to expand public charter schools that will address the poor performance of predominantly low-income students. The issue has now landed on the desk … Continue reading

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Virginia Colleges Spend Millions on Federal Regs

The University of Virginia estimates that it spends $20 million a year complying with unfunded federal mandates, just for its academic division, reports Karin Kapsidelis with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The College of William & Mary estimates its compliance costs at … Continue reading

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