Thursday, February 11, 2016

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:55 AM
The campus cops at the University of Delaware have a new role as rap singers, and they're attracting a lot of attention. ((Video still from

The cops at the University of Delaware are really hitting the rap sheet.

And students, among others, apparently love it.

The campus cops have created a rap to Drake’s hit “Hotline Bling” that tells students how to connect to safety and security help when they need it.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1:03 PM

A week after a proposal to offer community college bachelor’s degrees in New Jersey was dealt a blow by fellow college presidents, the head of Passaic County Community College made his case before state lawmakers.

Passaic and Union County College want to create RN-to-BSN programs to allow existing nurses to receive bachelor’s degrees, Steven M. Rose, the Passaic president, told the State Assembly’s higher education committee Thursday.

That plan has been vigorously opposed by four-year schools’ presidents, which say it is unnecessary and costly. Four-year college presidents also have questioned the community colleges’ abilities to attract qualified faculty.

POSTED: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:31 PM

Two local universities — Villanova and Temple — are touting advances they recently made in an updated classification, called the “Carnegie Classification,” which has been used to categorize higher education institutions in the United States since 1970.

Villanova has moved to the classification of “doctoral universities,” up from the master’s colleges and universities category, the school announced. The change came in response to an increase in PhDs awarded by the Main Line university in 2013-14. Villanova awarded 20 PhDs that year, seven in engineering, seven in nursing and six in philosophy.

The classification also is based on the kind of doctoral degrees awarded, the amount and kind of research grants and other measures.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:17 PM

A Pennsylvania State University senior from Yardley has won the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which allows graduate students to study engineering, math or the sciences at the University of Cambridge, the university announced Tuesday.

Ramya Gurunathan, a student in Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College, will graduate in May with a degree in material sciences and engineering and nanotechnology and go on to pursue a master of philosophy degree in scientific computing at Cambridge, the university said.

She is only the second Penn State student to receive the award since it started more than 50 years ago. The first, Danielle Bassett, who got the scholarship in 2004 and currently is a University of Pennsylvania brain researcher, in 2014 was named a MacArthur Fellow, informally dubbed “the genius grant.”

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:23 PM
A day after Rutgers University banned “hoverboards” on campus, citing fire and injury risks, Rowan University has done the same. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Rowan University has joined an ever-growing group of colleges that has banned “hoverboards” on campus over concerns about fires and injury.

“Recent reports of fires and accidents causing injuries have raised important safety concerns,” reads a university message sent Friday.

Rutgers University announced Thursday that it had instituted a temporary ban on the self-balancing scooters, which have been criticized for several incidents where they caught fire.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 3:45 PM
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver B.J. Daniels rides through a hallway at CenturyLink Field on an electric self-balancing scooter commonly called a "hoverboard," as he arrives for an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Seattle. Since December 2015, several universities have banned or limited hoverboards on their campuses, saying the two-wheeled, motorized scooters are unsafe. Beyond the risk of falls and collisions, colleges are citing warnings from federal authorities that some of the self-balancing gadgets have caught on fire. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Another college has banned “hoverboards” on campus because of their risk of catching fire.

“Rutgers University has decided to institute a temporary ban on hoverboards,” William R. Scott, the university’s chief of emergency services, wrote in a university-wide email.

Rutgers will keep the ban in place while the Consumer Product Safety Commission studies the safety of the self-balancing, Segway-like scooters, which have made headlines for several incidents of catching fire.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 10:46 AM
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announcing he will step down in January after eight years. "Thank you for making my city a safer city," Mayor Nutter said. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will guest lecture at Drexel University and serve as advisor to its criminology and justice department, beginning Jan. 25, the university announced Thursday.
Ramsey, who retired this month after eight years as the city’s crime chief, received a two-year appointment as a distinguished visiting fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, which focuses on urban revitalization. He also will work with the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The post is part-time. Earlier this month, Wilmington hired Ramsey as a public safety consultant, a seven-month gig paying up to $16,000 a month.
“Commissioner Ramsey has been a transformative force in the Philadelphia Police Department, and will help shape the Lindy Institute’s work around issues such as 21st century policing,” Drexel President John A. Fry said in announcing the appointment. “The Department of Criminology and Justice Studies will also benefit from his deep expertise and the opportunities for learning and exchange that he will bring to the Drexel community.”
Ramsey said in a statement that he looks forward to working at the West Philadelphia-based university.
Among his duties, Ramsey will help develop a new master’s program in urban strategy and serve as an advisor to the criminology and justice studies department. He will provide guest lectures, offer input on symposiums and other public events and help students find co-operative education and research opportunities, the university said.
He also will help the university in its neighborhood efforts, particularly in  programs for youth.
Ramsey’s tenure as police commissioner was marked by a dramatic decline in crime, and he has become a national voice on community policing. Hie began his career with the Chicago Police Department at 18 and rose to deputy superintendent. He was police chief in Washington from 1998 to 2006 and had been retired when former Mayor Nutter recruited him to lead Philadelphia police.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 2:06 PM
A rendering of a planned brick archway in front of the Kelsey/Townhouse complex in Trenton, which is (Thomas Edison State University)

The Wizard of Menlo Park now has a university in New Jersey.

Thomas Edison State College has been granted 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 in a phone interview.

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