March 24, 2015 |
EVERY YEAR since 1987, Congress has designated the month of March to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women and to learn about the long road to gender equality paved by the courageous women who came before us. Women continue to break glass ceilings in all areas of life. Consider the amazing achievements of women in the last year: * Janet Yellen became the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board in its 102-year history. * Last summer, it took a 13-year-old woman from Philadelphia to teach the world that girls can throw just as well as boys.
February 27, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf and Senate Republicans on Wednesday resolved a dispute over a slate of last-minute nominees by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Senate confirmed 12 of Corbett's original 28 nominees, including former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley as a Temple University trustee and Corbett's revenue secretary, Dan Meuser, to the State System of Higher Education's board of governors. Four others - including two Bucks County judges - are scheduled for confirmation at a later date.
January 6, 2015 |
With New Jersey continuing its notorious "brain drain" export of more than 30,000 college students every year, much of the focus in higher education in 2014 remained on expansion: breaking ground on new academic buildings, increasing housing options at the state's public colleges, and offering new ways to obtain degrees. There also were leadership changes, a new name for one community college and - of course - political battles. Here's a look back at some of the changes in the higher education landscape last year: 1. Stockton buys Showboat Stockton College made clear it had no plan to stop its explosive growth with the high-profile purchase of the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City, which will house a campus in the resort.
September 10, 2014 |
Bobby Fong, the president of Ursinus College, died suddenly Monday morning at his home of natural causes, the college announced. His wife of 40 years, Suzanne Dunham Fong, was by his side, according to a statement from the college. Fong, who was 64, one of a few Asian college presidents in the nation and had been at helm of the small liberal arts college in Collegeville since 2011. His death stunned the college community, which learned of his passing by an e-mail. "President Fong was a teacher and scholar before he became an academic administrator and he continued to be so even as a college president," said Lucien "Terry" Winegar, executive vice president for academic affairs and dean.
August 14, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis has resigned as a special adviser to Gov. Corbett, amid questions about his duties and allegations that his position amounted to a "ghost job" on the state payroll. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq on Tuesday announced Tomalis will leave his $140,000-a-year job as an adviser on higher education issues in two weeks. Democrats, however, vowed to keep the controversy alive in the gubernatorial race. Corbett had defended Tomalis after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last month reported he had done little since taking the adviser job after resigning as education secretary in May 2013 - while keeping the same salary.
August 4, 2014 |
Dozens of teenagers gather in downtown Camden each day, sleepily dragging backpacks - voluntarily - onto buses at 7:45 a.m. This is the summer? It is when your summer camp goes beyond theme parks, camping, and an obstacle course. Also on the agenda: homework, learning about slaughterhouses, and a trip to a landfill. Rowan University's Champ/Gear Up summer program isn't your stereotypical summer camp. Then again, it's not supposed to be. With the mission of supporting a path to college, the six-week summer program accepts dozens of middle and high school students from Camden each year, busing them from the city to day camp in an environmental center in Hammonton or the Rowan campus in Glassboro, where academic work is mixed with field trips and other activities that craftily combine learning with fun. "We're guiding you through, but the whole time, we're embedding in your mind the importance of school, the importance of learning," said Derrick Gallashaw, 34, a Champ/Gear Up staffer who helps lead the program.
June 12, 2014 |
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.
May 30, 2014 |
Public higher education in New Jersey badly needs changes to become more affordable, accessible, and successful, legislators were told Wednesday during a hearing at Rowan University. Over 2 hours and 45 minutes, members of the Assembly's higher-education committee listened to students, administrators, and a faculty union president, all of whom agreed it was right for the Legislature to tackle reform of the state's public higher-education system. But their solutions varied, in some cases opposing legislators' proposals or urging caution.
March 28, 2014 |
AT A TIME when many students still see college as their best hope for a rewarding career, higher education has become more expensive, far outpacing the steady increase in the cost of living. As a consequence, average student debt at graduation is pushing $30,000. In some cases, student debt reaches a disheartening six figures. But falling beyond the reach of these daunting statistics are many capable students who don't accumulate student debt because they can't scrape together the means to go to college in the first place.
March 13, 2014
Wednesday's "Love" column incorrectly named the band to whose music the couple walked down the aisle. It was the Avett Brothers' "Forever and Ever Amen. " A story Wednesday gave an incorrect figure for the amount of money the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education took from West Chester University this year. The correct figure is $1.6 million.