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The student body hit 4,648 this fall semester—four students more than the 2014 record.

DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes adds the university’s freshman retention rate has risen to more than 70 percent.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work on our enrollment management processes. We’ve been doing a lot of work to focus on our first-year students. We’ve established a University College in which a lot of attention is paid to our first-year students through advising.”

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In 2011, then Gov. Jack Markell signed an initiative to launch dual language immersion programs in the state’s public schools starting at the Kindergarten level. There are now twelve school districts in the First State using these programs -- some which teach Chinese, and others which teach Spanish.

The state considers them a success and they continue to expand to more schools and up the K-12 ladder.  But just how well are they working?  Are they making a measurable difference with students?  Those are questions Delaware State University Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics Dr. Brody Bluemel hopes to answer.  Bluemel was recently awarded a three-year grant of more than $240,000 by the U.S. Department of Education to research the effectiveness of these programs so far.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino speaks with Bluemel about his approach to evaluating language immersion, and the potential benefit Delaware could see from implementing these programs on an unprecedented scale.

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One lawmaker is urging parents to weigh in on proposed anti-discrimination policy and related regulations expected to be implemented by Delaware’s public schools.

Some Newark residents believe the University of Delaware’s population growth is having an adverse effect on the town and their quality of life.



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Delaware State University has settled on an interim President.


The DSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to have Board chair Dr. Wilma Mishoe to fill the position.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed an education conference at the University of Delaware Monday, arguing that violence leads to poor health outcomes.


A record number of students have enrolled at the University of Delaware this semester, but university officials say they have the ability and the infrastructure to support a growing population.  

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The National Center on Education and the Economy’s case study on the Delaware Pathways initiative shows the state on track to enroll at least half of all students into the program in the next few years.

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Delaware’s Division of Public Health has launched a life-skills pilot program at eight middle schools across Delaware.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program teaches students the skills they need to prevent addiction, promote positive decision-making and reduce violence.

Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele recently spoke with Rebecca King, the Div. of Public Health Nursing Director overseeing this program about how it was selected and what the state hopes it can accomplish.

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A Newark-area teacher received some significant national recognition Wednesday.

Each year, The Milken Family Foundation honors up to 45 teachers across the nation for their work in the classroom.

This year, for the first time, one is from the First State.