November 16, 2012 |
Pennsylvania's colleges would need to meet performance-based targets to win new state funding under a recommendation by Gov. Corbett's commission on higher education. The proposal calls for "performance scorecards" that would take into account measures such as controlling tuition costs, opening access to low-income students and other underserved groups, and tailoring programs to meet workforce needs. Among other measures recommended for consideration are closing achievement gaps, on-time graduation rates, and contributions to the state's economic development.
November 11, 2012
Pennsylvania higher education officials took a contentious pay cut off the table in contract talks with state university faculty Friday, but the union said it intended to press ahead with strike-authorization votes next week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the sides remain at odds on issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health-care benefits, and online education. During talks Friday in Harrisburg, negotiators for the State System of Higher Education withdrew a proposal for a 35 percent salary cut for temporary, or adjunct, faculty.
November 3, 2012 |
Nearly a year ago, Pennsylvania State University began its darkest chapter when former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted for raping and molesting young boys. Now, the man who ran the university - former President Graham B. Spanier - has been indicted on allegations that he failed to stop Sandusky when he had the chance. Spanier, once among the nation's most respected university presidents, faces the prospect of ending his career as a felon. While there was widespread speculation for months about Spanier's being indicted, Thursday's announcement was no less chilling for those who had admiringly watched Spanier - once a child victim of physical abuse at the hands of his father - build a sterling career at Pennsylvania's flagship university.
October 21, 2012 |
Following a denied request for binding arbitration from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the union representing the faculty Saturday approved a strike authorization vote at its leadership meeting in State College Saturday. The leadership of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), meeting in State College, agreed to ask its members to take a strike authorization vote. The union's 6,000 members on all 14 campuses will take the vote in November.
October 19, 2012
New Jersey voters have two ballot questions to consider, one would give a boost to higher education, and the other would require judges to pay more for employee benefits. Voters should say YES to a $750 million bond issue for the state's public and private universities. The state hasn't approved a bond issue for higher education in nearly a quarter-century. Meanwhile, state funding for colleges has been slashed. The bond money would be used to expand classroom and lab space. Community colleges as well as state universities and private colleges would benefit.
September 30, 2012
At 27, Martha Carey Thomas applied to be president of a newly formed women's college in Bryn Mawr. She didn't get the job, but was hired as dean and an English professor in 1884. After 10 years at Bryn Mawr College, she was elected its president in 1894. Thomas (she preferred to go by M. Carey or Carey) was born in 1857 in Baltimore. She grew up with a strong determination to attain a higher education, despite her father's wishes otherwise. She was educated at Cornell and Johns Hopkins Universities.
September 26, 2012 |
Even taking into account the possible effects of a cheating scandal that has rocked the city, the Philadelphia School District has made strides in the decade since a state takeover. The district "has shown steady, systemwide improvement in the overall quality of education," according to the Accountability Review Council, an independent body established when the School Reform Commission was created in late 2001. The council, whose members are respected educators and education experts from around the country, makes an annual report to the SRC. The most recent report was presented Monday night at an SRC planning meeting.
September 17, 2012
Jaylee Mead, 83, a NASA astronomer who married into a paper manufacturing fortune and with her husband, Gilbert, helped transform Washington's cultural scene by donating more than $50 million to local theaters, died Friday at her home in Washington. Her death, from congestive heart failure, was confirmed by her sister Mary Watts. For decades Gilbert and Jaylee Mead lived in Greenbelt, Md., and worked in relative obscurity at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, he as a geophysicist and she as an astronomer.