July 13, 2016
By Lex O. McMillan III I suspect that just about everyone has had the annoying experience of hearing someone hold forth on a subject with unshakable confidence but giving voice to pure bunk. In the heated atmosphere of our current political races, this experience is probably even more common. One of the most annoying that has been making the rounds for quite some time is the recurring refrain of a "student debt crisis. " I am probably imagining the frequency given my work as a college president, but it seems that almost daily, I read or hear someone invoke this phrase as if it were as uncontested as the sun rising in the east.
November 30, 2005 |
America's renown for attracting, to its institutions of higher education, the world's best and brightest students is at risk. Today, we have some significant rivals that include Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and China. In the knowledge-based world economy of the 21st century, few dispute that premier status in higher education will surely be linked with economic might. In July 2002, a group of higher-education leaders from seven Western states gathered in San Diego to talk about this and related concerns.
August 20, 1986 |
A University of Pennsylvania official yesterday termed "patently unfair" the proposed new federal tax revision legislation that could cost colleges and universities a bundle in lost revenue. "The question is one of fairness," said David Morse, Penn's director of federal relations. "The bill has been sold as one of fairness and equity. But in this case it is patently unfair. " One provision of the tax-overhaul bill would bar private universities - such as Penn - from issuing more than $150 million in tax-exempt bonds.
October 5, 2004 |
Thousands of New Jersey college students started classes recently. Even though tuition is soaring, college is a top priority for many families and students because the long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term costs. A college graduate earns more and has better job security and healthier families. Furthermore, higher education for New Jersey's sons and daughters improves the state's economy and public well-being. You would imagine that all these benefits would make funding higher education a top priority for state legislators.
October 28, 2000 |
Marvin B. Pittman had just come home from his overnight job as a security guard when he turned on the TV to watch a replay of the third and final presidential debate last week. He was hoping, among other things, to get some insight into the candidates' stands on higher education. In the second debate, Pittman heard Vice President Gore mention something about a $10,000 deduction for college tuition and, as the father of two sons in college, he wanted to know more. "I watched the debate and there was nothing there.
September 23, 1999 |
The most important decision affecting the future of 95,000 Pennsylvania students will not be made in the classroom this fall. At the end of this month, the union representing the 5,500 professors at the State System of Higher Education will conduct a strike vote, threatening the education of students at our 14 universities. If the union decides not to continue good-faith bargaining, our students face delayed graduation. For 16 years, the State System has provided quality education at an affordable cost to more than 350,000 alumni.
September 27, 1987 |
Some students at Burlington County College this year will be a bit younger than average. In fact, 57 of the new enrollees are so young that a few of them may have trouble reaching the water fountains on campus. The new college students, regularly fifth graders at Willingboro's Stuart Elementary School, will spend part of the school year at the community college exploring classes and higher-education opportunities as part of a pilot program sponsored by the college. "This is a way for students to discover just what a college education can mean," said Clarence Whittaker, associate dean of student assistance.
June 14, 2012 |
TRENTON — Labor unions representing faculty, staff, and others who would be affected by a bill to overhaul higher education in New Jersey have asked lawmakers to tweak the measure so that thousands of current employees are protected. The unions are seeking amendments that ensure collective bargaining rights and contracts, limit the authority of a new Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden governing board, and guarantee no layoffs at University Hospital in Newark by providing financial stability to the money-losing teaching hospital.
August 13, 1998 |
Set at a small college with low academic standards, Hammerstone takes a satirical look at higher education while reinforcing a simple lesson: Learn from one another. The play is scheduled to open tomorrow evening at the Spring Garden Mill Playhouse in Newtown. "It's a cynical comedy," said director Mark Cofta. "I'm a college teacher, and it's very truthful about some of the horror stories I've lived, in terms of students not knowing why they're getting an education and teachers not knowing why the students are there.
November 30, 2006
America's higher education superiority - once taken for granted worldwide - is in danger of slipping away. Two bipartisan reports, one this week from the National Conference of State Legislatures and another in September from a commission appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, lament growing gaps in colleges' accessibility, affordability and accountability. They see a crisis brewing, especially for poor and minority students. But more than individual students would lose out. Without diverse, affordable universities, America will be unable to develop a workforce prepared to meet future needs.