Compiled from staff reports
Sidney A. Ribeau recently said he will step down as president of Howard University this year, after five years in office.
The announcement comes at a time when Howard – long considered a flagship for African-American education – has faced division on its board and a credit downgrade that raised questions about its financial outlook. Ribeau pushed a controversial academic realignment while he was in office, arguing that such decisions were needed to put the university on better financial footing. And deans have joined faculty members in criticizing the way financial decisions have been made.
Governor Bob McDonnell announced this week nearly nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2009 earned a diploma within four years, and 55.8 percent of the Commonwealth’s 2013 high school graduates earned an Advanced Studies Diploma. The statewide dropout rate fell to 5.9 percent for the class of 2013, compared with 6.5 percent for the class of 2012.
Over 500 persons showed up on Tuesday October 1 at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton to learn about the nation’s new health care system, according to the event’s organizer Gaylene Kanoyton.