Two local universities can claim fashion diva status - they made the Business of Fashion’s first ever “Global Fashion School Rankings.”
Drexel University placed 10th in undergraduate fashion education, while Philadelphia University came in 16th.
In graduate school education, Philadelphia University showed up again, in 10th place.
That prompted New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman to quip: “Philly: hotbed of fashion invention. Who knew?” in her blog, “On the Runway.”
The University of the Arts has extended its closure for the papal visit.
The university at 320 S. Broad St. will close at 1 p.m. Thursday before the pope's visit and not reopen until the following Tuesday, said spokesman Paul Healey. The plan initially was to close from Friday through Sunday.
"We've reassessed, and it just would be really challenging to get people in and out," Healey said.
Rutgers University raised a record $187.9 million last school year, the school announced Wednesday.
Much of the money came from “a surge in donations” received at the end of the university’s 7.5-year “Our Rutgers, Our Future” fund-raising campaign, the university said in a news release. The campaign to raise $1 billion ended in December 2014, exceeding its goal by $37 million.
The 2014–15 record surpassed the previous year’s total by 26.6 percent. In the 2013–14 year, the university’s Rutgers Foundation received $148.4 million, a record at the time.
A new program at Drexel University will teach the art of conflict management to engineers with the goal of preparing them to work in countries prone to conflict.
It's peace-building, one brick at a time, under Drexel's new partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace's non-profit arm, PeaceTech Lab.
Drexel is the lab’s first academic partner in the effort to create “humanitarian engineers” who are focused on supporting peace - socially, economically, educationally and now technically.
Temple University Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor did not violate any board policies in his defense of fellow trustee Bill Cosby in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a former Temple employee, the university said in a statement early Tuesday evening.
O’Connor, vice chairman of the Cozen O’Connor law firm, disclosed to the board in 2005 that he was representing Cosby against allegations that the entertainer drugged and molested Andrea Constand and that decision was “vetted” by the board, Temple said.
The statement of support comes one day after Art Hochner, president of Temple’s faculty union, called on O’Connor to consider stepping down for representing Cosby while he also was supposed to be looking out for the best interests of Temple as a trustee. Other faculty also have objected to O’Connor’s dual role.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, state residents attending Pennsylvania State University will not face a tuition increase for the upcoming academic year.
Reversing a proposal announced on Thursday that would have raised tuition 2.7 percent for state residents attending the main campus, Penn State President Eric Barron on the floor of a board of trustees meeting on Friday afternoon announced the freeze. That’s $450 or more that undergraduate students will keep in their pockets, depending on their year in school and major.
In-state freshmen and sophomores at the University Park campus will pay $16,572 in tuition for the second consecutive year. Tuition also is frozen for upperclassmen; their tuition amounts vary based on their majors.
In-state freshmen and sophomores at Pennsylvania State University would see their tuition rise 2.7 percent or $450 for 2015-16 under a proposal passed by the board of trustee’s finance committee on Thursday morning.
Under the proposal, the students would pay $17,022, up from $16,572 last year.
The full board, which is meeting this week at the university’s Beaver campus in western Pennsylvania, will vote on the proposal Friday.
In March, trustees approved a 3.89 percent increase in room and board costs. That means, if the tuition proposal is adopted this week, the total price tag including fees would exceed $28,000 for next year.
The tuition increase would be steeper for out-of-state students - 2.99 percent or $882. They would pay $30,404 for tuition, and their total cost would top $41,400.
Tuition increases for juniors and seniors, both in-state and out-of-state, would vary depending on their majors.
Increases for students at Penn State’s branch campuses also would vary.
At eight of the 19 undergraduate campuses — Shenango, Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington and Wilkes-Barre — there would be no increase in tuition. At six campuses - Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton and York - the increase would be under 1 percent. Students at Abington, Altoona, Berks, Erie and Harrisburg would get a 1.2 percent increase under the proposal.
The finance committee also endorsed a freeze on the university’s technology fee, the first in 20 years. Full-time students at University Park would pay $942 in technology, facilities and activities fees annually next year under the proposal.
The board also on Friday will vote on the university’s proposed $4.9 billion operating budget for 2015-16, which assumes a 3 percent increase in general state funding or about $6.4 million, for a total of $220.5 million.
Temple University earlier this week adopted its budget, assuming a 5.4 percent increase in general state funding.
State lawmakers have not yet agreed on a budget for the fiscal year. Republican lawmakers have proposed a 3 percent increase in funding for state-related universities, while Gov. Wolf has sought a larger amount.
More than 3,300 graduates of the 17 high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia made quite a haul this spring: They collectively received more than $300 million in college scholarships.
More than half of the 3,362 graduates were offered at least one college scholarship, and the group together received 6,585 scholarships. About 95 percent of the Archdiocese’ graduates are going on to post secondary education, the Archdiocese said.
Among the scholarship winners are Jessica Pasquarello of Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School and Sydney Sherman of Archbishop Wood High School who got $20,000 awards from Coca-Cola. The money can be used any time over the next 10 years for undergrad or graduate studies or other learning aides, such as a computer, the Archdiocese said.
"We are proud of the Class of 2015 and their many accomplishments in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in service to their communities," Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Catholic Education, said in a prepared statement.
The Archdiocese has kept track of its students’ scholarship awards for years. Since 2000, graduates have received $2.9 billion, the Archdiocese said.