The 27 percent increase in tuition at the 14 state universities in Pennsylvania over the last six years may seem like a lot - and it is. State Auditor General Eugene D. DePasquale recently urged the system to do a better job controlling tuition costs in an audit he released.
But the Keystone state is hardly alone.
As state support of education wanes, state-supported universities around the country have raised tuition and cut programs to make up the difference, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington D.C. think tank.
Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees will add four new female board members, increasing its gender diversity, which several female members had raised as an issue.
But the way things stand now, come July, the state’s flagship university will have no African American trustees. Both Merck CEO Ken Frazier, the board’s liaison to Louis Freeh, whose investigative report faulted university leaders for their handling of the Sandusky scandal, and Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State football player and lawyer, are both leaving.
The board also includes only one Hispanic member, Acting Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and one Asian member, newly appointed Hershey Medical School doctor David Han, vice president of the department of surgery.
The internal battle on Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees that has led to some trustees suing the school is rare – if not unique, according to officials from several national higher education groups.
None of the individuals contacted could think of any other case exactly like it in which sitting trustees had sued their own university for information, though certainly there have been plenty of instances of internal squabbles on university boards. At Dartmouth, the alumni association sued the board over its decision to expand and in effect dilute the power that alumni-elected trustees would have; that suit was eventually dismissed.
“It’s such an unusual case. I don’t know there’s any precedent for it, at least not in the last dozen years or so,” Richard Pokrass, a spokesman for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, said of the Penn State situation.
Rowan University police officers captured a dramatic rescue with their new body cameras this week, saving multiple lives and getting the whole fuzzy thing on video.
Police received an urgent report Sunday evening while working at a basketball tournament in the campus gym: A mother goose was anxiously roaming the Glassboro campus, looking for her babies.
The investigation began immediately.
Caught on CameraThe Rowan University Police Department recently implemented Body Worn Cameras for our officers. The video below captured on Ptl. Boyer's camera shows Ptl. Boyer rescuing ducklings trapped in a storm drain and passing them to Lt. Malinski.Posted by Rowan University Police Department on Thursday, May 7, 2015
Those brainy docs at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia have done it again.
For the fourth consecutive year, they are the nation’s medical Jeopardy! champs. The team of internal medicine residents took top honors at the American College of Physicians’ medical Jeopardy!-style competition, “Doctor’s Dilemma.”
It’s the only team in the 21-year history of the competition to win the honor seven times: 1997, 1998, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees on Friday is likely to gain more female members when it welcomes new trustees to an expanded board.
But it may lose ground on racial diversity.
Board Chair Keith Masser said of the five new trustees that a board committee will recommend for approval , three are women. He declined to name the candidates, whose identity will be revealed at the full board meeting on Friday.
Ursinus College has found a way to honor the president they lost last September. They will award the late president Bobby Fong an honorary degree posthumously at the May 15 commencement, and his wife will speak, the college announced Wednesday evening.
Suzanne Fong also will receive an honorary degree as she addresses the class of 355 students who began as freshmen in 2011, the same year that her husband took the helm at the small liberal arts college in Collegeville.
“He was the only president they knew, they all had personal stories about him and they assumed he would hand them their diplomas,” said Terry Winegar, interim president. “We are all pleased that we have found an appropriate way to include Bobby and Suzanne in their graduation ceremony.”
Penn State President Eric Barron on Tuesday evening snubbed a demand from seven alumni-elected board members that the university pay their legal fees for actions they have filed against the university to obtain information they say they need to carry out their duties.
And in a sharply-worded email to the trustees, Barron blasted them for even asking.
“Your request is made even more outrageous by your threat of yet another lawsuit against Penn State if we do not pay your costs of suing the university,” Barron wrote.