Wednesday, January 28, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:45 PM
President Barack Obama greets supporters after arriving at Sky Harbor International Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

President Obama will announce a proposal to make two years of community college “free for anyone who’s willing to work for it,” the White House said Friday.

In a statement issued Friday morning, the White House said the president wants to make two years of college "as free and universal as high school."

The plan would affect about 9 million students, the White House said, as long as they maintain a 2.5 grade average and are on track to graduate.

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 11:03 AM

Cabrini College will join a growing number of schools that have made standardized test scores optional for admission — and it will freeze tuition, fees and room and board costs for next year, officials announced Thursday.

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students will remain at $28,932 for 2015-16 and fees at $910, maintaining a promise that the Radnor-based college made previously to keep tuition and fees under $30,000 until May of this year. The college, which enrolls 1,300 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, has frozen tuition in the past.

Total costs including room and board for next year will be $41,868.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

Teresa S. Soufas, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, has resigned due to health reasons, according to a memo from Provost Hai-Lung Dai.

“This has not been an easy decision to make, but it is on the advice of both my doctor in Philadelphia and my doctor in New Orleans that I do so,” Soufas wrote in an email to staff.

An expert in Spanish literature, she will return to her faculty post following a sabbatical, Dai said. She led the college, Temple’s largest, since June 2007. Her departure comes as the university implements a new budgeting model expected to hit that college particularly hard because of a decline in enrollment.

POSTED: Monday, January 5, 2015, 11:35 AM

With New Jersey continuing its notorious “brain drain” export of more than 30,000 college students every year, much of the focus in higher education in 2014 remained on expansion: breaking ground on new academic buildings, increasing housing options at the state’s colleges, and offering new ways to obtain college degrees. There also were leadership changes, a new name for one community college and — of course — political battles. Here’s a look back at some of the changes in the higher education landscape last year:

1. Stockton UniversityCollege buys Showboat

Stockton College made clear that it has no plans to stop its explosive growth, buying the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City to create a campus in the city, asking the state for university status, continuing to enroll record numbers of students, and breaking ground on new academic buildings. The school paid $18 million for the property, which will be repurposed to include about 20 classrooms, 10 lecture facilities, a dance studio, and other arts spaces.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:25 PM
Portrait of Helen F. Giles-Gee, president of The University of the Sciences, in her office March 21, 2013 flanked by a painting of an early apothecary and a portrait of the first female graduate of the school, Susan Hayhurst, who graduated in 1883. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

Helen F. Giles-Gee, the first African American and first female president of the University of the Sciences, has resigned after only two and a half years at the helm, the university announced Tuesday.

Her resignation comes as the University City campus is preparing to close down for winter break and is effective Dec. 31, the university said.

Giles-Gee is not available for comment, a university spokesman said.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 6:04 PM

Rowan University will spend an estimated $2.5 million to convert two sports fields from grass to synthetic turf, the school announced Monday.

Students had been voting this semester on a referendum to create a $10.75 per semester fee to fund the project; Rowan administrators decided to take the project on without direct cost to students.

“It all started with students. It was essentially students that were coming up to the Rec Center and telling them that these fields weren’t good,” said Joe Chen, 22, the president of Rowan’s student government.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

Alumni-elected trustees have asked Pennsylvania State University’s board chair to hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday to consider having the university join a lawsuit against the NCAA.

“With the trial set to begin in early January, we believe the board must delay no longer…” said trustee Robert C. Jubelirer in a statement.

The lawsuit filed by Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord seeks to void the consent decree between the university and the NCAA, which led to sanctions including loss of bowl games and scholarships, a $60 million fine and the eradication of football victories. Through the suit, emails were released showing that NCAA officials doubted their authority to impose the sanctions and “bluffed.”

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 10:29 PM

Rutgers University’s Board of Trustees, its secondary and largely advisory governing body, voted Monday evening to reduce its membership, signaling an end to months of review — at times contentious and political — of the university’s governance structure.

The number of voting trustees will be decreased to 41, from 59; 12 of the 18 slots will be closed by attrition over a period of about three years, with outgoing trustees not replaced. The other slots will be closed by eliminating dual board membership.

Trustees met for about an hour in closed session Monday evening, then took a few minutes to vote publicly on the resolution approving the moves. Of the 29 voting trustees present, 28 voted in favor of the changes. Richard Shindell was the sole no vote; he did not discuss or explain his vote, and could not be reached Monday night.

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