In what would be a dramatic turnaround, Haverford College is considering doing away with the “no-loan” financial aid policy it adopted in 2007, and again require middle-class students to borrow to finance their education.
If the board of managers adopts the proposal at its meeting in February, Haverford will become the latest school to retreat from a no-loans stance: Dartmouth and Williams backed off almost four years ago and Claremont McKenna just this year, all because each found they couldn’t support the program.
Haverford would reintroduce a loan program for students from families earning over $60,000 a year. Current students, however, would be exempt from changes in the policy, as would students applying for admission this fall.
Independence Blue Cross launched a support program to help its workers without a college degree to get one.
The Philadelphia Education Fund worked with four city high schools to set a college-going culture from the day students arrive, and now more students are going to college.
And the University of Delaware’s associate degree program based at a community college offers a gateway to students who may not be quite ready for the rigor of the main campus in Newark.
Bryn Mawr College's chief financial officer and treasurer is among the latest to depart abruptly from Bryn Mawr College.
John Griffith left the college effective Friday, according to a note from Interim President Kimberly Cassidy, which was first reported by the Bi-College News. Jerry Berenson, chief administrative officer, will take over his duties until the end of the school year, Cassidy wrote. The college is searching for a replacement.
Cassidy did not explain the reason for Griffith's "somewhat abrupt" departure. College spokesman Matt Gray declined to comment further.
Pennsylvania State University may get more relief from sanctions imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, but probably not before next August, said former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell (D., Maine).
In addressing the board of trustees on Friday morning, Mitchell – the external athletics integrity monitor overseeing the university consent agreement with the NCAA – said he likely will wait until his next annual report before considering more relief.
“It’s not likely I will take up the matter before that time,” he said. “…It would be premature to consider further action prior to that time.”
Weeks after Pennsylvania State University’s search for a new president suffered a setback, a verbal battle over the process erupted at a committee meeting of the board of trustees on Thursday.
Trustee Anthony Lubrano said the board should allow all trustees to meet with and interview the final three candidates. Only 12 of the 32 trustees serve on the search committee. A group of trustees who have been critical of the board leadership including Lubrano were excluded.
“It’s a valid concern when you say to 18 members of the board: Here’s a person. You can vote up or down. This is the most important role we play as trustees,” Lubrano said, referring to the hiring of a president.
Pennsylvania State University is looking for ways to raise tuition revenue, in part due to waning state support.
At a meeting of the board of trustees’ finance committee on Thursday morning, the university’s budget task force presented a variety of proposals to raise fees, add surcharges and increase tuition differentials based on program, number of credits and year in school. Nursing, engineering and the sciences are among the programs that already carry tuition differentials.
There’s also a proposal to assess a fee on international students of $500 per semester and $360 per summer.
Pennsylvania’s state universities have announced a new system that will allow students to apply to multiple schools using one common application.
Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, announced the new application - called the Multi-University Electronic Admissions Application — while speaking to a group of high school guidance counselors at Mansfield University.
The system actually was launched without fanfare in August, and more than 50,000 applications have been submitted or are in progress, the state system said in a news release. The state system includes 14 universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.
A New York medical university president who reportedly was in line to become Pennsylvania State University's next president has resigned amid a pay probe, the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union reported.
David R. Smith issued a statement announcing his resignation on Thursday, according to the paper.
"To avoid further distraction for the University from its important mission, I intend to submit my resignation as president of SUNY Upstate Medical Center, so that this great institution can move on to even greater success," Smith said in the statement, posted by the newspaper.