Tuesday, December 23, 2014

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6:04 PM

Rowan University will spend an estimated $2.5 million to convert two sports fields from grass to synthetic turf, the school announced Monday.

Students had been voting this semester on a referendum to create a $10.75 per semester fee to fund the project; Rowan administrators decided to take the project on without direct cost to students.

“It all started with students. It was essentially students that were coming up to the Rec Center and telling them that these fields weren’t good,” said Joe Chen, 22, the president of Rowan’s student government.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

Alumni-elected trustees have asked Pennsylvania State University’s board chair to hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday to consider having the university join a lawsuit against the NCAA.

“With the trial set to begin in early January, we believe the board must delay no longer…” said trustee Robert C. Jubelirer in a statement.

The lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord seeks to void the consent decree between the university and the NCAA, which led to sanctions including loss of bowl games and scholarships, a $60 million fine and the eradication of football victories. Through the suit, emails were released showing that NCAA officials doubted their authority to impose the sanctions and “bluffed.”

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:29 PM

Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees, its secondary and largely advisory governing body, voted Monday evening to reduce its membership, signaling an end to months of review — at times contentious and political — of the university’s governance structure.

The number of voting trustees will be decreased to 41, from 59; 12 of the 18 slots will be closed by attrition over a period of about three years, with outgoing trustees not replaced. The other slots will be closed by eliminating dual board membership.

Trustees met for about an hour in closed session Monday evening, then took a few minutes to vote publicly on the resolution approving the moves. Of the 29 voting trustees present, 28 voted in favor of the changes. Richard Shindell was the sole no vote; he did not discuss or explain his vote, and could not be reached Monday night.

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 2:28 PM
Rutendo Chigora, a senior at Penn, has been award a non-U.S. Rhodes Scholarship. Chigora is a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and Penn World Scholar pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and political science, with concentrations in international development and political economy.

A University of Pennsylvania student from Zimbabwe has been named a Rhodes Scholar, the university announced.

Rutendo Chigora, a senior international relations and political science major, was one of Zimbabwe’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship, which will allow her to study at Oxford University in England.

She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 8:08 PM

The heads of Rutgers-Camden, Camden County College, and the Camden public schools are attending a White House summit on college access today, where they will announce partnerships aimed at increasing the number of students in the City of Camden who pursue education after high school.

The announcement of the “Camden City College Access Network,” which brings together the city schools, local colleges, and private corporations, is part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action. The institutions in the network are setting targets in areas such as raising SAT and ACT scores, college enrollment, and applications for financial aid. The specific numbers have not yet been finalized.

“It’s not just higher education, and it’s not just the public schools, but a broad-based effort,” Phoebe Haddon, the chancellor of Rutgers University’s Camden campus, said by phone.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 2:54 PM

A student group has called on the University of Pennsylvania to begin donating about $6 million a year to the city in lieu of taxes, with the money targeted for the city’s cash-starved public schools and “essential services.”

The Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), connected with Jobs With Justice, made a formal request Wednesday to Penn President Amy Gutmann to set aside a portion of the Ivy League university’s annual operating budget — about $6 million — and make what’s known as a payment in lieu of taxes or (PILOT).

Penn’s response was the same as it has been in recent years when education advocates and others have raised the prospect: No.

POSTED: Monday, December 1, 2014, 7:01 PM

The leaders of Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees have agreed to make available to its alumni-elected board members documents and notes used to compile the investigatory report on the school’s handling of the child sex abuse scandal.

But there will be conditions.

Trustees who want to view the documents used to compile the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh will have to sign a confidentiality agreement, and certain documents will be excluded to protect confidentiality, Board Chairman Keith Masser said in a letter Monday to the alumni trustees requesting access to the documents.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:42 PM
A student fills in an answer sheet for a standardized test. (Photo courtesy of ACT)

Remember those missing ACT exams?

They’ve finally shown up at the Iowa-based testing service’s headquarters, but officials there say they have no idea where the test sheets have been all this time.

Their whereabouts over the last two months remain a mystery - at least as far as ACT officials are saying.

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