Two lawmakers from Southeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday unveiled proposed legislation that would allow West Chester University and other financially healthy state schools with more than 7,000 students to withdraw from the state’s higher education system.
Sens. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester) and Robert Tomlinson (R., Bucks) want the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to give its 14 universities greater autonomy or allow them to go it alone. They maintain that the state system has been too slow to respond to changing academic needs and bleeding enrollment.
Nine of the 14 universities have more than 7,000 students. But under the proposal, universities allowed to exit also would have to show financial stability and the ability to buy their way out of the system over a period of years by acquiring assets under the state's domain. They also would have to continue to contribute to employer share for pension obligations.
Community College of Philadelphia is getting close to picking a president, and it's being more transparent than most colleges about the process.
The college on Monday announced three finalists for the job and will bring them on campus next week for interviews with staff, faculty, students and the board of trustees.
The finalists are: Judith Gay, the college’s former vice president for academic affairs who is currently serving as interim president; Donald Generals, vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, N.J., and Gena Glickman, president of Manchester Community College, Manchester, Ct.
A proposal that would allow West Chester University to withdraw from the state’s financially-strapped higher education system could hit students and parents in the pocketbook, the system’s chancellor warned Thursday.
If West Chester were to become a “state-related” school like Pennsylvania State University, it would most certainly mean higher tuition and other costs, said Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
The University of Pennsylvania will create 50 new endowed professorships over the next four years, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research and teaching, global and international affairs and diversity, the school announced on Wednesday.
The university will provide matching funds to encourage donors to support the new professor jobs, the university said.
George Weiss, trustee emeritus, and Richard Vague, a member of Penn’s medicine board, also have pledged matching funds to create new professorships in the Perelman School of Medicine.
A university campus is known for breeding new and innovative ideas that can change the world, but some of those ideas never get off the shelf.
Pennsylvania State University is about to try and cash in on those yet-to-be-fully hatched ideas in a new way - the auction block.
The university announced on Tuesday that it would conduct an online auction for licenses to about 70 engineering patents in areas such as acoustics, fuel cells and sensors.
A new coalition of Pennsylvania State University alumni, touting its focus on the future rather than the tumultuous past, is backing a slate for three open seats on the board of trustees.
Calling itself “Upward State,” the group includes three past presidents of the university’s alumni association and aims to make the university more affordable and accessible, emphasize academic excellence and increase “transparency” on the trustee board. The group also wants to make a student a permanent member of the board with his or her election by the student body.
“We believe what’s needed for Penn State especially now is highly qualified alumni elected to the board of trustees who are focused on the future and what’s best for students,” said Jim Carnes, a retired business executive who led the alumni association from 1999 to 2001. “There have been candidates like this in the past but they have been running independently and haven’t been able to get enough votes.”
Faced with an $8.7 million shortfall in its revenue projections, Saint Joseph’s University has cut budgets campus wide and is planning to increase enrollment for next year’s freshman class, causing consternation on the 8,860-student campus on City Avenue.
The dilemma at St. Joseph’s is part of a larger struggle that private universities are facing as high school enrollment has declined leaving fewer students available to recruit and pressure mounts to reel in rising tuition costs.
Students have planned to protest outside a meeting of the board of trustees at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in McShain Hall.
The University of Pennsylvania has formed a task force on student mental health, following the suicide of several students including freshman Madison Holleran last month.
The task force was announced by President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.
"The task force will examine the challenges confronting students that can affect their psychological health and wellbeig," Gutmann and Price said.