Around the industry: UVM medical school to do away with lecture courses

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  • Kansas: Pratt Community College's trustees are weighing whether to allow concealed carry or prohibit firearms on campus grounds. Under state law, individual colleges and universities are allowed to opt out of concealed carry on their own campuses. The exemption to Kansas' concealed carry law is set to expire June 30, 2017 (Rose, The Kansan, 9/24).  
  • Maryland: University of Maryland (UMD) health officials confirmed Friday that a student was diagnosed with mumps this month and two other suspected cases of the illness are being monitored. "This is not cause for alarm, but if additional people have symptoms, they should let us know at [the] health center immediately," University Health Center Director David McBride told UMD's student news outlet (Anderson, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 9/23).
  •  Vermont: The University of Vermont (UVM) announced last week that its College of Medicine will phase out lecture courses over the next several years, to be replaced with videos students can watch on their own time, and active learning classrooms that allow faculty members to work with small groups of students. This marks the first time a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges has pledged to remove lectures across all its programs (Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 9/26). 

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