Saturday, February 28, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:12 PM
Rowan University has been increasing the number of professional advisers, creating a faculty mentor system, and is expanding the use of a computer tracking program that allows faculty and advisers to communicate and see an overview of student success. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have among the highest graduation rates in the country, according to data released this week.

More than 70 percent of students that start at public four-year schools in those two states graduate within six years, according to state-by-state data released this week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which conducts research based on data it receives from almost every public and private college in the country.

The data track students across schools and states, which the organization says makes it the most complete measure available. Schools generally do not track students who transfer out, meaning those students get grouped together with those who leave college altogether — “noncomplete” ends up meaning both transfers and dropouts. The new data are based on students who first started college in fall 2008.

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:52 PM
Phoebe A. Haddon, the chancellor of Rutgers-Camden, said Thursday that the campus needs increased funding from private donors. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

Rutgers-Camden needs money.

Specifically, its chancellor said Thursday, it needs increased funding from private sources — not from tuition hikes or the state.

Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon was asked at Thursday’s meeting of the Rutgers-Camden Board of Directors about how “ambassadors” from the rest of the university — i.e. members of governing boards who are alumni of other campuses — can support the southernmost campus.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:01 PM
Penn State University president Eric J. Barron. (File photo: Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

Penn State President Eric Barron has accepted all 18 recommendations from a task force on sexual assault and harassment, including requiring most employees - from janitors to professors and secretaries - to report allegations of sexual misconduct.

Barron said the university will move first to hire someone to oversee all issues around Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and requires universities to investigate sexual assaults..A standalone office also will be created.

Many of the rest of the recommendations will be implemented over the next 12 months, he said.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 10:30 AM
Colleen M. Hanycz

La Salle University Tuesday named a Canadian educator its 29th president, an historic choice that marks the first time the 152-year-old university will be headed by a lay leader and woman rather than a Christian brother.

Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, will take the helm of the 6,200-student La Salle on July 10.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am at having this opportunity,” said Hanycz (pronounced Han-ich), 48, who was on the Philadelphia campus for the announcement. “It is really a tremendous opportunity for me.”

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 2:30 PM

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will become Stockton University this week, after state approval of its upgrade to university status.

Stockton will formally announce the change Wednesday, when its Board of Trustees will approve a new seal and discuss legal and real estate matters relating to the change. The school is planning a celebration on campus after Wednesday’s meeting.

Rochelle Hendricks, the state’s secretary of higher education, delivered final state approval of the change last Friday, after approval from the New Jersey Presidents’ Council.

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 1:08 PM

Princeton on Monday announced its largest gift in history: a rare book and manuscript collection from the late William H. Scheide, a 1936 alum, valued at nearly $300 million.

The 2,500-volume collection including the first six printed editions of the Bible, the original printing of the Declaration of Independence and Beethoven’s autograph music sketchbook has been housed and accessible at Princeton’s Firestone Library since 1959 when Scheide had it moved there from his hometown of Titusville, Pa.

Scheide, a musician, musicologist, bibliophile and philanthropist, died in November at age 100 and left ownership of the collection to Princeton.

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 3:19 PM
Widener president James T. Harris III. (File photo)

James T. Harris III, president of Widener University in Chester for the last 13 years, will leave at the end of July to become president of the University of San Diego, effective Aug. 1.

“This decision to leave Widener has not been easy," Harris said in a statement. "I love Widener, and I have been honored to work side by side with such capable and dedicated colleagues on the faculty and staff. … I have particularly enjoyed my annual alternative spring break trips with students to developing nations and the opportunity to see them develop their global citizenship skills.”

The board of trustees plans to launch a national search for his replacement.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 2:09 PM

Should a 17-year-old college freshman be considered a child?

Pennsylvania says yes, and that has some of the state’s colleges and universities scrambling to figure out how to comply with a new child abuse protection law.

The law, Act 153, requires more extensive child abuse background checks for employees and volunteers who have “routine interaction” with children, including a 17-year-old freshman.

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