Around Curry Stories

Innovation in Education Reform

by Lynn Bell

An innovative new executive program at the University of Virginia is designed for a new generation of education reform leaders for whom business skills are invaluable and for business leaders who have a special interest in education reform.

The Curry-Darden MBA/M.Ed. dual degree for Innovation in Education Reform is the only one of its kind in the country, said Robert C. Pianta, Novartis US Foundation Professor of Education and dean of the Curry School. Read More

New Undergrad Sightings

by Lynn Bell

Undergraduate students have been a fairly rare species around the Curry School for the past 25 years. In 1986 the majority of our undergraduate degree programs were eliminated to make way for the five-year teacher education program. Since then, our only undergraduate programs have been in communication disorders and kinesiology and have typically accounted for less than ten percent of our student population.

Undergraduate numbers have been gradually creeping up since 2010, however, and are set to take some major leaps in the near future. Three hundred new undergrads over the next five years is the Curry School’s share of the University’s 1,500-student enrollment increase negotiated with the Commonwealth. Read More

A Curry Role in Virginia School Desegregation

by Lynn Bell

When emeriti professors Hank Allen and Jim Bash visited Ruffner Hall in 2007, Patrice Grimes nearly missed meeting them. If a colleague hadn’t thought of her on his way down the hall to visit these trailblazers in Virginia’s desegregation movement, she might never have experienced the great honor of chronicling their story. Read More