October 11, 2013 |
LA SALLE University officials announced they will consider laypersons for the president's job for the first time in the school's 150-year history. The board of trustees recently approved changes to the university's bylaws allowing for greater flexibility as it seeks to replace Brother Michael J. McGinniss, who will step down in May after 15 years as president. Board Chairman William Sautter said yesterday the declining number of candidates from the Christian Brothers religious order made the change necessary.
October 8, 2013 |
Enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities has dropped more than 6 percent since its peak in 2010, setting off a flurry of proposed faculty layoffs, program eliminations, and increased recruitment at many of the schools. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education enrolled just over 112,100 students this year, down from its all-time high of 119,513 in 2010. Enrollment dropped 2 percent in the last year alone, with 12 of the 14 universities noting decreases. Only Bloomsburg and West Chester Universities recorded increases.
October 7, 2013 |
After spending nearly two years renovating a vacant Walnut Hill property, a student-housing developer and landlord hopes to entice denizens of University City to move deeper into West Philadelphia with discounted rental rates and free rides to class. About 30 apartments in the 127-unit Croydon Hall Apartments at 241 S. 49th St. will be available for lease beginning in January, said Scott Orens of Philadelphia-based Orens Bros. Real Estate Inc., the property's owner. With the $10 million renovation, the building will have a fitness center and bike storage and apartments with dishwashers, garbage disposers, and air conditioning, Orens said.
October 4, 2013 |
Real estate developers keep moving into University City as the neighborhood continues to evolve as a desirable place to live and work, according to a report issued Wednesday by an area civic group. More than 6.6 million square feet of commercial or residential real estate is under construction or planned for the area, according to "The State of University City 2013/2014," produced by the University City District. Though opinions vary on neighborhood boundaries, the district defined its borders as the Schuylkill, 50th Street, Spring Garden Street, and Woodland Avenue.
October 4, 2013 |
BLUE BELL Montgomery County Community College has forged its first international partnership, with a university in South Korea, making it easier for students to transfer there for a bachelor's degree. The "articulation agreement" between the college and Dongseo University in Busan may seem surprising, given a community college's traditionally local mission. College president Karen A. Stout said the partnership grew out of community interest and is part of a growing effort to expand the college's reach and global awareness.
September 27, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania, with its Ivy League pedigree and large health system, is one of the nation's most prestigious colleges and is Philadelphia's largest private employer. With a $6 billion-plus budget, a $7.7 billion endowment, and a recently completed $4.3 billion fund-raising campaign, it's also arguably wealthy. But Penn, like other nonprofits in the city, is largely exempt from paying property taxes on its West Philadelphia campus. The Philadelphia School District's financial crisis has yielded a renewed cry from some corners for Penn, Drexel and La Salle Universities, and other colleges and nonprofits to make payments to the city - known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOTs - as they did when Ed Rendell was mayor and the city needed every penny.
September 26, 2013 |
HEADLINE: "NCAA Executive Committee to gradually restore Penn State scholarships. " Translation: "We have been making this up all along, and we will continue making it up. " The NCAA is a laughingstock (which is not headline-worthy). When it dropped the hammer on the Penn State football program following Jerry Sandusky's conviction on child abuse charges, it ignored its own procedures, punished the wrong people, and went to lengths to crush the program that no one initially contemplated.
September 17, 2013 |
YOU ALWAYS KNEW when Darlene Brindle Waties was in the Daily News newsroom. She had a larger-than-life personality, a voice that commanded attention, a wry sense of humor, and a laugh that was contagious. With Darlene at her desk, doing her job of placing stories in the pages for the next day's paper, there was a feeling that everything was going to be all right, that the new product was going to jump off the newsstand. "She was feisty - she designed feisty pages," said copy editor Ed Weiner.
August 13, 2013 |
Lafayette College was looking for a president. Shelly Weiss Storbeck, on the college's behalf, called Alison R. Byerly, a former provost at Middlebury College and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "She knew I would be attracted to a school thinking ambitiously about its future," Byerly recalled. Storbeck followed up with a pdf and hard copy of a glossy publication about the liberal arts college in Easton, Pa., so full of information it resembled an annual report and designed specifically for presidential candidates.
August 9, 2013 |
For the third consecutive time, Pennsylvania's state university system has turned to Florida for a new leader. Former Lt. Gov. Frank T. Brogan, head of the State University System of Florida, on Wednesday was named chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, covering 14 universities. Brogan, 59, of Tallahassee, will start Oct. 1 in the $327,500-a-year job, overseeing the 115,000-student system - about one-third the size of Florida's system. He is taking a pay cut; he has been paid $357,000.