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Posted: 2012 Sep 07 - 00:04

Daytona State's interior design student club to feature guest speaker at kick-off event

The Daytona State College student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers will host its fall semester kick-off event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, featuring keynote speaker Alissa Bennett, associate vice president for the Volusia Building Industry Association and owner of Design Studio A.

The student chapter event, which is free and open to the public, features a complimentary luncheon and will be in room 230 at Daytona State's Advanced Technology College, located at 1770 Technology Blvd.

To make a reservation or for more information, call or email (386) 506-4158, creameb@DaytonaState.edu.

Forbes names Stetson University one of 'America's 650 Top Colleges'

Stetson University has been named to Forbes Magazine's annual list of "America's 650 Top Colleges."

The rankings, compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and levels of debt. To see the information online about Stetson University, go to http://www.forbes.com/colleges/stetson-university/.

This year's rankings put Stetson at seventh in Florida, 255th among private colleges and universities, and 336th in the nation. The magazine highlights a variety of information about Stetson, including academics, tuition and financial aid, athletics, admissions and student life.

Stetson is among six Atlantic Sun Conference institutions included this year.

The Forbes rankings are based on five general categories: Post-Graduate Success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; Debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four-Year Graduation Rate (11.25 percent) and Competitive Awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.

Volusia School District programs win national recognition

Two programs implemented by the School District of Volusia County have been selected for inclusion in the American School Board Journal's Magna Best Practices Database. The programs are two of only 81 highly-scored programs selected for this recognition.

The "Plus One" program adds an hour of instruction to select schools with a high number of economically disadvantaged students. The daily hour calculates to the equivalent of an additional seven weeks of direct and focused instruction, which is funded through federal Title I dollars. Plus One provides students and teachers the time to become reflective learners and utilize a more hands-on approach to learning experiences. There are eight Plus One schools for the 2012-13 school year.

The "Substitute Training and Retention Program" is a three-day training program for individuals who wish to become substitute teachers. Training includes job-shadowing, seminars on classroom management, ethics, safety and how to work with students in the Exceptional Student Education program. Additional training is provided throughout the year. There are now 1,300 active substitute teachers and the fill rate for classrooms exceeds 97 percent each day.

Each year, the highest-scoring programs from those submitted to the Magna Awards are added to the national database where they will be available for five years www.asbj.com/magna.

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