WNC colleges and universiti­es return to in-person classes

While Asheville and Buncombe County K-12 schools are planning to start the academic year with heavy reliance on remote learning due to COVID-19, the area’s colleges and universities are taking a more aggressive approach in returning to campus. Western North Carolina’s higher learning institutions are bringing back students from across the state and around the country. 

Making the grade: WNC’s college dining programs get high scores for sustainabi­lity

Increasingly, U.S. colleges and universities are working to make their institutions as environmentally sustainable as possible. These efforts cover a broad spectrum, from a recycling initiative at Stanford University that diverts 65 percent of the school’s solid waste away from landfills to Cornell’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2035, as noted in The Princeton Review’s annual ranking […]

Warren Wilson undergrads­, inmates come together in the classroom

Warren Wilson College has partnered with the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women to bring the innovative Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program to the correctional center. For inmate and undergrad alike, Inside-Out provides the chance to gain self-knowledge, grapple with the systemic issues of the penal system and learn from one another.

Updated: Four local colleges recognized in national ‘Best Colleges’ guide

Four liberal arts colleges in the mountains of western North Carolina made the grade in this year’s “Best Colleges” guide by U.S. News & World Report. (A young man smiles during freshmen move-in day in 2011 at UNC Asheville. The institution maintained its ranking as seventh best public liberal arts school in the nation this year, according to the 2014 Best Colleges guide published by U.S. News & World Report today. Photo by Caitlin Byrd)