June 18, 2013 |
When David Hespe took the reins of Burlington County College in September, his predecessor had just departed after 25 years. The newcomer expected a challenging year of transition. What he did not expect was Hurricane Sandy, the storm that walloped New Jersey in October and forced the campus to become one of two authorized shelters in the county. "We were more than happy to help out," Hespe said last week in a wide-ranging interview looking back on his first year, "but it was a tough two weeks.
June 17, 2013
By Steven Cruz Thousands of Pennsylvania high school seniors are graduating and heading off to college this fall, but for many hardworking students, college isn't an option. Pennsylvania's policy of denying in-state tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates denies many longtime state residents the opportunity to obtain a higher-paying job and contribute to the state's economy. The income gap between those with a high school diploma and those with a college degree is at an all-time high.
May 30, 2013
If Congress doesn't act by July 1, college loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. But Washington is still dawdling even as students worry about whether they will be able to stay in school. The proposed remedies range from a bill offering low interest rates that could become prohibitively high to a measure that would reduce the rate to 0.75 percent. The divide suggests that Congress isn't ready to make a deal. But students, like businesses, need predictability to make five- and six-figure educational investments.
May 9, 2013 |
Swarthmore College is in rare company nationally as a school that collects nearly as much or more revenue from investments as it does from students. Its $1.5 billion endowment - about $1 million per student - allows the highly ranked college to spend more on each student, but it does not fully shield Swarthmore from the economic forces threatening higher education. "When we think about the future, we're worried about . . . economic growth in this country," said Suzanne Welsh, vice president for finance and treasurer at Swarthmore.
May 1, 2013 |
Rowan University learned Monday that it would receive more than $117 million in state funds to expand and improve academic buildings, and Rutgers University will receive more than $55 million for enhancements in Camden. The money will flow from a $750 million capital improvement fund for higher education created by a bond referendum question approved by voters in November, and an additional $550 million in bond reauthorizations recently approved by the Legislature. "This is wonderful news, a wonderful day," said Rowan president Ali Houshmand.
April 6, 2013
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has approved a Lincoln University plan to open a campus in Coatesville. Classes will start in the fall at a new branch of the historically black college, at 351 Kersey St. Courses initially will be offered in the evening and on weekends. Other classes will be added as enrollment increases. For information on undergraduate admissions, contact 484-365-7207; for the graduate school, call 215-590-8233. - Kristin E. Holmes
March 21, 2013 |
The recession has had a two-pronged effect on public colleges and universities: States have slashed higher education funding to balance their budgets, while enrollment has boomed. Squeezed from both sides, schools nationwide have scrambled to lower costs, cutting faculty and programs. To counter the reduction in state funding, they have raised tuition, their only other major revenue source. The resulting numbers, adjusted for inflation, are striking: Schools received 28 percent less funding per student nationwide from the 2007-08 to the 2012-13 school year and raised tuition 27 percent in response, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington.
March 20, 2013
By Michael J. McGinniss During the Civil War, the Diocese of Philadelphia asked the Christian Brothers to establish a school to provide the sons of immigrant populations with a high-quality education - including a higher education - that would help them assimilate into American society. On March 20, 1863 - 150 years ago today - an act of incorporation by the state legislature was taken out for a "college within the limits of city of Philadelphia. " It was the beginning of La Salle College.
March 16, 2013 |
Gloucester County College will increase tuition next year, but the two-year school in Sewell still provides a higher education at the lowest per-credit cost in New Jersey, its administrators say. At the same time, the school of about 6,800 full- and part-time students will increase spending on what it sees as essential programs, said president Frederick Keating. "Initiatives such as our Dual Advantage program, which provides guaranteed admission to several four-year institutions," are one of the reasons for increased costs, Keating said in a statement.
March 10, 2013
The union representing faculty at 14 state-owned universities ratified a tentative contract agreement Friday with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "This is a balanced contract that preserves and maintains quality public higher education in the commonwealth," said Steve Hicks, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, which represents about 5,500 faculty members. The state system board of governors is expected to approve the contract.