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March 3, 2016
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET STALEMATE Don't play politics with university students We, the student-body presidents of Pennsylvania's four state-related universities, have joined to voice the growing frustration and worries of 110,000 students. Because of gridlock in Harrisburg, Penn State, Temple, Pitt, and Lincoln University face the prospect of receiving zero dollars in state allocations this year - a $600 million shortfall ("Threat of layoffs at Penn State," Saturday). If action is not taken, tuition increases, staff layoffs, and program cuts will be needed.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Delaware Valley University, founded 120 years ago as a farm school that catered to Jewish men, took another leap from its past Thursday with the hiring of its first female president, an agronomist currently working as a dean at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maria Gallo, 53, a Cornell University graduate who grew up in Port Chester, N.Y., will take the helm July 1. She replaces Joseph S. Brosnan, who announced last year that he planned to retire at the end of this school year. Gallo, dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, said she was attracted by the university's mission, history, and core values, as well as its proximity to family in New York and New Jersey.
NEWS
February 18, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE SPORTS Odd La Salle choice Whatever happened to the classic reason for going to a college or university? Have we lost sight of the fact that we might get an education along the way? It is disconcerting that La Salle thinks the solution to its education issues lies in adding a couple of sports ("La Salle adds 2 sports to boost enrollment," Saturday). Also perplexing is that only a few area colleges have varsity teams playing women's golf and men's and women's water polo.
NEWS
February 15, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Cynthia Roberts, 62, former director of the Parent-Infant Center in West Philadelphia, and a dynamic leader in the University City community, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, of complications from pancreatic cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Roberts, along with her husband, Inquirer politics editor Daniel R. Biddle, was a fixture in the Spruce Hill neighborhood for more than 30 years - as a tireless civic worker and the driving force behind the revival of Clark Park, just a few blocks from the couple's home.
NEWS
February 12, 2016
By Omar Blaik A few weeks ago, as universities across the United States were grappling with accusations of institutional racism both current and historical, I was in South Africa working with several universities' leadership on tackling a parallel challenge: creating open campuses integrated with their host cities in a still largely segregated society. Despite the vastly different social and political context, the challenges of South Africa's higher education system are related to our own struggles with issues of race and class that are unfolding on many American campuses today.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
The University of Delaware will allow instate applicants to choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores, becoming the latest school to decide that requiring high test scores may deter otherwise excellent students. The university faculty senate Monday approved a four-year pilot program for students beginning in fall 2017. Applicants can still submit test scores for consideration, and all students will be required to submit test scores after they are accepted so the university can evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot program.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Maybe the third time will be the charm for the place we've grown used to calling University City. Originally an African American neighborhood known as Black Bottom, the portion between Market Street and Lancaster Avenue was a tight mesh of rowhouses and small businesses until the early 1960s, when it was leveled to provide growing room for Penn and Drexel. As a token, the city set aside a full block on 36th Street to build a cutting-edge, science high school. It lasted all of 33 years.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
When the Borough of West Chester wanted to set up a program for local leaders, Mayor Carolyn Comitta's first thought was that she might need to go to Philadelphia to find the expertise West Chester needed. Then the mayor realized she should do what she often tells others to do: try West Chester University. Soon a faculty member from the Center for Contemplative Studies was leading a three-month program in stress reduction for community leaders. And because he used the project as a research study, it came at no charge to the borough, Comitta said.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
The community colleges in Burlington and Gloucester Counties, having formed partnerships with nearby Rowan University, took a step Monday to further intertwine their schools. The presidents of Rowan College at Burlington County and Rowan College at Gloucester County said their schools would work with Rowan University to create bachelor's degree programs in which the first three years are offered by the community colleges. The program could begin as early as this fall. The cost of attending community college for three years is about equal to one year at Rowan University, the presidents said.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Thomas Edison State College has been granted New Jersey state approval to become Thomas Edison State University, the school announced Monday. "We wanted to change the name to reflect the stature and complexity and growth, and particularly at the graduate level, that's occurred over the last seven or eight years," George A. Pruitt, the school's president, said. "And so the name college wasn't really an accurate representation. " The Trenton-based school caters exclusively to adults, and is known for work on "prior-learning assessment," translating nonacademic work - such as skills acquired in the workforce - into college credit.
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