Education

Omaha Creighton University names new student dorm Graves Hall, after alumnus

BY: - September 30, 2022

OMAHA — Creighton University’s new $37 million student housing project, set to open in fall of 2023, is the first built exclusively for first-year students since the 1960s and the first on campus since 2006. Creighton officials on Friday announced the name of the 400-student project: Graves Hall. The namesake is Lee C. Graves, undergraduate […]

Nebraska AG joins five states suing the Biden administration to stop student debt cancellation

BY: - September 29, 2022

OMAHA — College borrowers banking on President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt hit a potential snag Thursday, when Nebraska and five other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s authority to do so. Theirs was the second major lawsuit filed by conservatives trying to stop the […]

NU Regents to vote on innovation hub project that expands UNMC campus

BY: - September 26, 2022

OMAHA — A favorable vote this Friday would trigger full-throated transformation of an old steel mill operation into the Catalyst, a $60 million entrepreneurial tech hub meant to expand the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus.  Various enterprises are to be housed at the retrofitted, enlarged and infilled structure west of Saddle Creek Road, including […]

Nebraska’s education commissioner announces his resignation

BY: - September 23, 2022

After nine years as commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, Matthew Blomstedt on Friday announced he is resigning. He said he’ll step down Jan. 3 and pledged help in a transition. The elected State Board of Education is charged with choosing Blomstedt’s successor. “I am looking forward to opportunities to continue my leadership in […]

$9 million federal award to UNMC center to beef up ag safety and health

BY: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — A $9 million national award to the University of Nebraska Medical Center will help beef up regional efforts ranging from safety training for bison workers to studying dust-induced lung injury. The funds go to the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at UNMC’s College of Public Health. Though headquartered in […]

Young STEM prodigy from western Nebraska moves up in national contest

BY: - September 23, 2022

A teen from Grant, Nebraska, has been recognized as one of the country’s most promising STEM middle schoolers — named this week as a contest finalist headed to Washington D.C., to compete for roughly $100,000 in awards. Cooper Kroeker, now 15, is among 30 youths (and the only Nebraskan) selected from 1,807 applicants in the […]

Golden year for state-funded UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program

BY: - September 22, 2022

OMAHA — Marty Martinez recalls darting off the city bus with his shaggy hair, bell-bottoms and pointed-collar shirt, to get to his first humanities class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was 18 at the time, a fresh graduate of South High’s Class of 1972. His hometown was still reeling from recent race […]

Nebraska education chief takes pandemic-related message to Capitol Hill

BY: - September 21, 2022

Nebraska’s education commissioner told a congressional panel Tuesday that this school year in Husker territory started with “much more reason for optimism.” “I am hearing that schools believe student negative behaviors that were markedly up in ‘21-’22 seem, at least for now, to have waned,” Matthew Blomstedt said in testimony prepared for a U.S. House […]

Gov. Ricketts takes aim at Title IX changes sought by federal officials

BY: - September 11, 2022

Gov. Pete Ricketts is criticizing the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to Title IX, and on Friday he called on other Nebraskans to weigh in as well. Federal education officials have stated that a review of current regulations, and of public and stakeholder meetings, suggest that the existing rules do not best fulfill the […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White […]

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State Patrol: Many options for parents to report concerns about school safety

BY: - September 5, 2022

LINCOLN — The Nebraska State Patrol and Nebraska Department of Education are reminding parents, students, and schools officials that there are many options for reporting school or student safety concerns. The reminder comes as schools in Nebraska have begun a new school year. To report threats of school violence or any suspicious activity surrounding Nebraska’s […]

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Nontraditional students get another option to complete college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2022

LINCOLN — Married with three kids and working, Amanda Redler said she couldn’t manage the one-hour commute to a community college from her home in Albion to resume her college studies. So Redler turned to the Western Governors University, a completely online university that Nebraska helped found back in 1996 when Ben Nelson was governor. […]