The “Amazing Women” Radio Show Interview with President Carriuolo

Nancy Carriuolo, president of Rhode Island College

Nancy Carriuolo, president of Rhode Island College


Nancy Carriuolo, president of Rhode Island College, recently appeared as a guest on “Amazing Women,” an online talk radio program hosted by Deb Ruggiero.

During the interview, the president spoke on a range of topics, including the merger of the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education with the Board of Governors for Higher Education, the effect of the Digital Age on teaching and learning, the rise in tuition costs and student debt and RIC’s newly revised general education program.

She pointed out the general education program’s unique features: its global perspective; its emphasis on mathematics, science, speaking and writing skills; and its second-language requirement. “We are the only public institution in the state that requires second-language proficiency,” she said.

Ruggiero also asked if Rhode Island College – one of the first teaching schools in the country – has remained a school for teachers today.

“Preparing teachers is something we have always done well,” Carriuolo said, “but the college has also become well known for its nursing and social work programs. The social work program was designated, a couple of years ago, as the eighth most selective of independent and state institutions at the master’s level.” She also spoke about RIC’s strong arts programs and its ever-growing management program. Throughout the interview, Carriuolo remained optimistic about the future of higher education and about the college’s mission to serve the needs of students within the state and the surrounding region.

To hear the full interview, go to