Higher Education

Michael Melia / AP

A new plan would combine all 12 community colleges in Connecticut into one institution.

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

The news at universities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is bad.

Communications are down. Power is spotty. Which all points to this: students can’t go to school.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says more than half of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students are tuition-free this year. A big part of this is due to the Excelsior Scholarship.

Stony Brook University School of Journalism

Officials at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University say the truth is in trouble. They say news consumers are inundated with fake news, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, satire and advertising that often masquerades as, and drowns out, fact-based journalism.  

David DesRoches / WNPR

It took about 20 minutes and two helium tanks to fill up the huge latex balloon. A rope dangling from the bottom held onto an assortment of gadgets, including a video camera, parachute, and a razor attached to motor that was programmed to cut the rope at just the right altitude.

The excitement was muted -- and the seriousness high -- as students from the University of Hartford and University of Bridgeport prepared to launch the high-altitude balloon 35,000 into a clear blue sky.