August 17, 2016 |
Keith Zakarin has a tough argument to make, but that is, after all, what lawyers are paid to do. Zakarin is a partner at Center City's Duane Morris, where he chairs a practice group that represents more than a hundred career schools and colleges and industry groups. The firm is one of a handful nationwide that have made the sector a thriving, profitable practice. Its clients are largely vocational and occupational training programs; they teach a variety of trades and skills from cosmetology to nursing to criminal justice, among many others, with degree programs of up to four years.
June 24, 2016 |
In what is likely to be a rigorous cross-disciplinary experience, the University of Pennsylvania will launch a program next year that would offer candidates a chance to earn degrees in law and medicine. It will take students six years to complete, while a medical degree takes four years and a law degree three. The program will be directed primarily at students pursuing medical careers, with the aim of helping future doctors gain skills that could prove valuable in parts of the field where the importance of legal knowledge is growing.
June 18, 2016 |
Drexel University on Thursday named a new dean for its College of Computing and Informatics. Yi Deng, 56, who has led the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for six years, will join Drexel in September. He replaces David Fenske, who retired. At UNC Charlotte, Deng is credited with contributing to dramatic growth in both enrollment and research funding. Drexel provost M. Brian Blake said in a statement that welcoming Deng to campus ensured that "a college, already on a rising trajectory, continues on its path of success with a shared vision to address the nation's fastest-growing job sector.
May 28, 2016 |
New Jersey higher-education grants totaling about $11 million to Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva and Princeton Theology Seminary are unconstitutional, a panel of state appellate judges ruled Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union led a lawsuit filed in June 2013 against Rochelle Hendricks, the state secretary of higher education, and Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff, then the state treasurer. The ACLU says the grants of $10.6 million to the yeshiva and $645,000 to the seminary were unconstitutional because of the schools' religious nature.
January 13, 2016 |
The community colleges in Burlington and Gloucester Counties, having formed partnerships with nearby Rowan University, took a step Monday to further intertwine their schools. The presidents of Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan College at Gloucester County said their schools would work with Rowan University to create bachelor's degree programs in which the first three years are offered by the community colleges. The program could begin as early as this fall. The cost of attending community college for three years is about equal to one year at Rowan University, the presidents said.
January 11, 2016 |
A proposal by two North Jersey community colleges to confer bachelor's degrees in nursing has divided the state's college presidents, with each side accusing the other of not addressing students' needs. Passaic County Community College and Union County College are both looking to confer bachelor's degrees in nursing, adding two years to their associate's degree programs. Other New Jersey community colleges back those proposals, citing affordability for students and rising standards in the nursing profession.
November 10, 2015 |
The list of New Jersey colleges is steadily shrinking, with one college after another disappearing across the state this year alone. Felician and Richard Stockton Colleges no longer exist. Thomas Edison State College is in the process of fading away. But don't panic. The schools have, in a sense, been upgraded: Felician University, Stockton University and (soon, maybe) Thomas Edison State University. "The name Felician College may be no more," Sister M. Aquinas Szott, president of the Bergen County school's trustees, said when the new designation was announced Oct. 30, "but its values and Franciscan mission will carry on in Felician University.
September 4, 2015
WHEN I THINK of paying for college, I'm reminded of the opening lines from the original "Star Trek" TV series. "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. " I shiver every time I hear that opening. Yes, I'm a Trekkie. Now let me put my own spin on it: "Paying for college: a scary frontier. This is a voyage that drives families mad. The mission: to explore college possibilities, to seek out free money, to boldly send their children where many have gone before so they won't come back home.
March 25, 2015 |
Harvey D. Wedeen, 87, of Center City, chairman of the keyboard department at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance for nearly five decades and a force behind starting many of the school's degree programs, died Friday, March 13, at home. Mr. Wedeen became a faculty member at Temple in 1964, and was director of the well-regarded Temple University Music Institute at Ambler from 1971 to 1975 and the music festival's artistic director in 1974 and 1975. He helped establish the school's doctoral program in performance; the master's program in accompanying and chamber music; master's programs in piano performance and pedagogy; the Center City Temple Prep; and a program to bring free music lessons to local children.
December 28, 2014 |
Drexel University will end programs that allowed students to earn four-year degrees at discounted tuition rates without leaving their community college campuses. Offered at community colleges in Delaware, Montgomery, and Burlington Counties, the program sent Drexel faculty and staff members to teach courses there. Drexel did not offer a reason for the end of its program. A spokeswoman said the university would focus on encouraging community college students to transfer to its campus in Philadelphia.