November 17, 2015 |
When Rider University announced plans last month to close some academic programs and lay off 14 faculty members, it cited financial struggles and a need "to adapt to the changing climate. " Those challenges are familiar to many other small and mid-sized private colleges in the region. Among the chief concerns: a shrinking pool of traditional college-bound students, continually increasing costs, and a constant need to prove value. For private colleges, lack of state funding leads to dependency on tuition dollars; for smaller schools, enrollment can vary wildly and is never guaranteed.
July 1, 2010 |
New York City went for small high schools in a big way, and the country's largest school system is still high on that education reform strategy. Oakland, Calif., opened 49 small schools in the last decade, but is closing six. And in Philadelphia, the superintendent's message is clear - small schools are fine, but don't expect any new ones until inequities at big neighborhood high schools are fixed. For a time in the mid-2000s, small schools were booming. They were supposed to transform the large, failing American high school, to engage students and boost their achievement to ready them for college.
February 1, 2016 |
Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. describes the decision to become part of Thomas Jefferson University as proactive, not defensive. The merger "makes us stronger. Neither of us needed to merge," Spinelli said this month at an East Falls community meeting. But Spinelli did not gloss over the underlying economic forces confounding some colleges and contributing to his board's decision to let the 132-year-old school be taken over by Jefferson. Asked by an East Falls resident about the merger's impact on staff and faculty jobs, Spinelli said: "They are probably more assured of a position with this than they would be without it. " As his comments suggest, the future could be bleak for some small schools, as the number of high school graduates stagnates and resistance to borrowing for ever-higher tuition bills grows.
February 28, 2008 |
Kensington High School's enrollment will not reach as high as a student group had feared, the district's interim chief academic officer told students yesterday. The promise came during a meeting, held after students staged two separate rallies to urge the Philadelphia School District to keep three small high schools at Kensington and create two more at Olney. Members of Youth United for Change protested the district's intention to increase the size of three smaller high schools operating at what used to be Kensington High.
April 7, 1986 |
To the casual observer, it may seem uncommon to see a Group 1 school ranked among the area's elite scholastic baseball teams. But, then again, Florence High looks like an uncommon team. Uncommonly talented, that is. For the second straight season, Florence is being mentioned as one of South Jersey's premier teams. A year ago, the Flashes went 24-3, won the Group 1 state title and finished No. 3 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, behind Cherokee and Bishop Eustace. Florence opened its season Thursday with an impressive 11-2 nonleague win over Cherokee, the defending Group 4 state champion.
March 24, 2002 |
This was a season of parity in South Jersey boys' basketball, in which the small schools - Burlington City in Group 1 and Middle Township in Group 2 - were the lone South Jersey state champions. It was not a good season to be a No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA tournament. Burlington City was the only top-seeded team of the six groups to win a South Jersey championship. The Cape-Atlantic League flexed its postseason muscles with Middle Township winning a state title, St. Augustine capturing a South Jersey championship, and Wildwood Catholic earning a berth in a sectional final before losing to St. Rose in the Parochial B final.
November 6, 1989 |
Summing up the eighth week of the football season, and taking a look ahead. As the South Jersey playoffs approach, and the conference races wind down, there's a tendency to concentrate on the big schools, which dominate the power ratings and the top 10. But you don't have to be a contender for No. 1 or for the Group 4 championship to be having a good season. In fact, at least one school in the area is taking heart from a winless season. So let's take a closer look at four very small schools that have put together very different records, but still are having a good season in some way, shape or form.
December 16, 2002 |
Brian Mitchell knows his history, even while he is making it. Mitchell passed Walter Payton yesterday, moving to No. 2 on the NFL's all-time all-purpose yardage list. Only Jerry Rice, who is still playing, is ahead of Mitchell, who finished the game against the Washington Redskins with 21,912 combined yards. Payton, the late Chicago Bears running back, finished with 21,803 career yards. Rice has a total of 22,089, including yesterday's 30 receiving yards. He is 177 yards ahead of Mitchell.
November 18, 1990 |
Wondrous things happen on the quiet fields of the Wideners and Kutztowns of this world. Meet Cass Corcoran, Kim Baum, Tom Kellett and Lisah Hamilton. They are small-college athletes, and by competitive standards, they played well this fall. But their presence in college sports is an accomplishment that can only be described as big time. Cass Corcoran is the captain of the Philadelphia Textile women's cross- country team. She is 32, but when she's running, she feels 19, the age of most of her teammates.
November 6, 1999 |
Yeah, political junkies still have to wait months before the Republican National Convention hits town. But hey - pols of a younger vintage converge from across the country for their own unique gathering this weekend. Student-government reps from 11 small liberal-arts colleges are spending the weekend at Haverford College to schmooze, share advice, grumble about the rigors of office, and take in some of the same Philadelphia sites likely to impress Republican politicos next summer.