Education

Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…

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Schools mark first joint-admissions nursing class

Two collaborating regional medical programs will soon churn out more nurses, with students going in one school and coming out another. The Stony Brook University School of Nursing and Suffolk County Community College are slated to sign a deal Tuesday launching the Suffolk-Stony Brook Nursing First Program, which will see students automatically transfer between the two institutions. According to the memorandum of understanding to be signed by SCCC President Shaun McKay and Kenneth Kaushansky, Stony Brook…


For MindYolk and WDI, a true teaching moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multidimensional Long Island maker is rewriting the textbook on how to educate tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce – kinda literally, sorta. Paul Lipsky, CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio and founder of digital-creator community Long Island Visual Professionals, is about to hand in the most critical college project of his life: a complete curriculum leading to a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in interactive computer graphics, which he plans to deliver to…


LI districts score big in $44M Smart Schools round

Roughly $13 million in technology upgrades are coming to 11 Long Island school districts through the state’s $2 billion Smart Schools program – including the two largest individual awards doled out this funding round. Funds besting $12.88 million for Island schools are part of about $44 million spread over 65 Smart Schools Investment Plans announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, marking the latest funding round through the Smart Schools Bond Act approved by voters…


New Westbury connections key for STEAM startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A STEAM-powered nonprofit determined to help educate the next generation of scientists and engineers is going where the action is. We Connect the Dots Inc. will now promote science, technology, engineering, arts and math education – and host its evolving schedule of pro-innovation networking events – at LaunchPad Westbury. The organization will take a single office large enough to accommodate four volunteer staffers, plus about 200 square feet of storage space,…


Sanders salutes Cuomo’s $163M free-tuition plan

Middle-class families will send their kids to New York City and State public colleges tuition-free, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way. Flanked by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who made free tuition at all U.S. public colleges a cornerstone of his failed 2016 presidential campaign, Cuomo appeared Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City to propose free tuition for eligible New Yorkers at State University of New York or City University of…


Dates set for Dowling College auction

Dowling’s Oakdale campus goes under the gavel in March as a bankruptcy court moves to liquidate the real estate holdings of the failed school, which crumbled under $54 million in debt earlier this year. The bidding date is March 27, with an auction to follow March 31, bankruptcy judge Robert E. Grossman announced. The sale includes the historic 25-acre waterfront estate of W.K. Vanderbilt. No dates have yet been set for the sale of the…