Latest mayoral candidate Mark Gudgel puts education first

Mark Gudgel and his wife Sonia have lived in the Field Club area for the last five years. Gudgel grew up in Valentine, NE, and worked as a teacher in Lincoln and is now a teacher at Omaha North High School. “I teach mostly seniors,” Gudgel said. Gudgel said he should be the next mayor because he has Omaha’s best interest at heart. “Omaha needs a leader. He said we have a manager. We need a leader. And I do think that that’s what I bring to the table is also what we lack and that’s vision,” Gudgel said. Gudgel’s … Read More

Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education

Vermont Bars Out-of-State Students From Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

April 1, 6:17 a.m. Vermont has barred out-of-state students from getting COVID-19 vaccines in the state, The Burlington Free Press reported.

Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, said at a press conference, “At this point in time, we want to make sure we’re taking care of Vermonters first.”

The decision drew immediate criticism. At the University of Vermont and at some private colleges, a majority of students are from out of state, and they have been discouraged from traveling.

An editorial in The Middlebury Campus said, “We stand in staunch opposition to this

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UT Austin Ranks Among Top Public Universities in Latest Graduate School Rankings

AUSTIN, Texas — The newest edition of “Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report ranks 49 graduate schools and programs at The University of Texas at Austin in the top 10 in the nation based on a variety of factors. UT Austin has five specialty programs ranked No. 1 and places among the top five public universities in the country for the number of top 10 schools and specialties. Overall, the university saw 26 of its programs move up.

The university has top-10 specialties in more than a dozen of its colleges and schools. Four of UT Austin’s

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Becker College latest small private college to close doors

Becker College is joining a growing list of small private liberal arts colleges deciding to close during the pandemic. The college in Worcester, Mass., will wind down operations in August after failing to find a viable path through the pandemic’s financial pressure cooker.

Current Becker students will have the option to transfer to more than a dozen nearby institutions. Some employees may also transfer to nearby colleges and universities. Tuition deposits from admitted students who planned to attend Becker next fall will be refunded.

Like many colleges that have recently closed, Becker was vulnerable before the pandemic. Enrollment declined in

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The Latest: All Duke University undergrads must quarantine

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University issued a quarantine order for all of its undergraduates effective Saturday night due to a coronavirus outbreak caused by students who attended recruitment parties, the school said.

The university said in a statement that all undergraduate students will be forced to stay-in-place until at least March 21. Suspension or dismissal from the school are potential punishments for “flagrant or repeat violators.”

Over the past week, the school has reported more than 180 positive coronavirus cases among students. There are an additional 200 students who may have been exposed and have been ordered to quarantine.


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