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POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:32 PM

The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s higher education system on Wednesday promised more autonomy for its 14 universities, giving two state senators hope that their proposed legislation to break up the system won’t be necessary after all.

“I’m very optimistic that we can accomplish the bill’s aim without having to do it,” said Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester), who along with Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson (R., Bucks) had proposed the bill that would allow some state universities to exit the system.

Frank T. Brogan, who six months ago became chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, used his formal installation speech in Harrisburg to tout a range of plans, including a new “fast-track approval process” for new programs and more say at the local level on selecting a president.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 1:16 PM

Erika Lawrence, 24, will graduate from Community College of Philadelphia this spring with high honors and continue on to Temple University for her four-year degree.

It’s a familiar path.

Each year, the largest number of the college’s transfer students — in 2012 it was 38 percent or about 400 students — make the same choice.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12:02 PM
Wendell Pritchett, chancellor at Rutgers University–Camden

Wendell E. Pritchett, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, will become the interim dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School next academic year, Penn announced Tuesday.

As interim dean, he will not be a candidate for the permanent position, Penn said. A search for a new dean will begin later this spring.

Pritchett, also a member of the School Reform Commmission - the Philadelphia School District’s governing body, already had planned to return to Penn’s law faculty this summer, an announcement that was made in February. Pritchett was on the Penn law faculty from 2001 to 2009.

POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:25 PM
Songwriter and musician John Legend performs during a Yahoo presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. He will be the University of Pennsylvania's commencement speaker on May 19. (AP)

Who's speaking at college commencement ceremonies this year? I told you in Sunday's paper about Condoleezza Rice's upcoming controversial appearance at Rutgers.

 Several other schools have announced some big names as well. News anchor Dan Rather will speak to graduates of Temple's School of Media and Communications.

 Al Gore will address Princeton seniors the day before commencement, and Bryn Mawr has lined up NPR host Terry Gross.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:55 PM

Usually, there’s at least a honeymoon period when a new college president is hired. Not this time.

Over objections from faculty, the Community College of Philadelphia's board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the hiring of a New Jersey college administrator as its next president.

Donald “Guy” Generals Jr., 58, vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College, will begin on July 1 under a three-year contract with an annual salary of $235,000. He will also get a $1,000 a month housing allowance, a $625 a month car allowance, a one-time $15,000 relocation fee, and he will be eligible for a bonus of up to five percent of his salary each year.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:28 PM

The faculty and staff union at Community College of Philadelphia has urged the board of trustees to postpone hiring a New Jersey college administrator as its next president, pending further examination of his work at a troubled for-profit college in New York.

Donald "Guy" Generals Jr., 57, vice president for academic affairs at Mercer County Community College, is in line to be hired as the college’s next president at a meeting Thursday afternoon. Before working at Mercer, he served from 2003 until 2008 as provost of the Katharine Gibbs School, a two=year for-profit post secondary school in New York City.

According to a Jan. 31, 2007 article in The New York Times, the New York State Education Department found fault with the school for having inadequate numbers of full-time faculty and remedial classes and for assigning teachers to areas outside their expertise. Gibbs, which was owned by Career Education Corporation, subsequently was closed after Career Education failed to find a buyer.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:25 PM

College newspapers for years have been making students laugh and giving school administrations' heartburn with their annual April Fool's Day editions.

This year, a few local college administrations have decided to join the game, too.

Bryn Mawr College announced this morning that it was dropping the "y" and "a" from its name to make it more Twitter friendly. In turn, Swarthmore College dumped its first "r," citing "150 years of pronunciation confusion." That two such established colleges with such a strong history of decision by consensus would make such a move at all or so quickly (even in a fool's world) of course, would only snag the most gullible.

POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:33 PM

Princeton University became even more selective this year, but only by a hair.

The university offered admission to a record low 7.28 percent or 1,939 applicants, compared to 7.29 percent last year. The university received 26,641 applications.

The competition was steep: Of the applicants, 11,453 had a 4.0 grade point average, and 13,477 had scores of 2,100 or higher on the reading, math and writing SAT, the university said.

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Susan Snyder has covered education for The Philadelphia Inquirer since she joined the paper in 1998. She reported on the Philadelphia School District for nearly a decade before becoming the Inquirer's higher education reporter. She was co-lead reporter of the Inquirer team that produced the Pulitzer-prize winning "Assault on Learning" series, detailing widespread violence in Philadelphia’s public schools. Snyder previously won regional, state and national reporting awards, including a first place National Headliner award in education writing. She has covered education for almost her entire reporting career. She is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Reach Susan at

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