Around the industry: California needs 1 million more graduates

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  • California: A report by the Public Policy Institute of California suggests the state will need 1 million more college graduates in the next 15 years at current rates. The highest demand will be for graduates with degrees in business, computer science, finance, and math. The study pushed state colleges to expand enrollment, raise graduation rates, improve financial aid packages, and smooth the community college transfer process (Guzman-Lopez, KPCC, 10/13).
  • North Carolina: Students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill interrupted a celebration of the university's beginnings—and briefly, a speech by Chancellor Carol Folt—to protest a Confederate statue on campus. The statue, called "Silent Sam," was installed on campus in 1913 in honor of Confederates who died in the Civil War. The university says it is looking into ways to contextualize certain statues on campus, but students say this statue should not be saved ("Quick Takes," Inside Higher Ed, 10/13).
  • Virginia: Workers renovating the historic Rotunda at the University of Virginia made a surprising discovery: a chemical hearth used in laboratory experiments until the mid-1800s. At that point, the hearth fell out of use and was sealed away behind a wall. The hearth offers a glimpse into science education of the time and Thomas Jefferson's vision for his university (Svrluga, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 10/12).

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