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POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 2:24 PM

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be speaking at La Salle University this evening, the signature event highlighting the school’s 150th anniversary.

 Her speech, titled “Civil War and Philadelphia,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tom Gola Arena at Hayman Center on campus. Admission is by ticket only and the event is sold out.

But to see it web-streamed, go to http://www.lasalle.edu/150/goodwin/ and register.

POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:32 PM
File photo: A squirrel runs across the steps near the School of Engineering and Applied Science on the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, October 15, 2012. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer

Tuition, fees and room and board at the University of Pennsylvania will rise 3.9 percent next year, the university announced today.

 Undergraduate tuition will increase to $40,594 from $39,088, the university said. Room and board will increase to $12,922 from $12,368, and fees will increase to $5,296 from $5,122.

 Total costs will be $58,812, up from $56,578 last year.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:51 PM
Jane Dammen McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr College, in front of Taylor Hall where the president's, dean's and other administrative offices are located. ( Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer

Another week, another surprising announcement about college presidencies in the Philadelphia region.

Bryn Mawr College’s board of trustees just announced that President Jane McAuliffe will step down June 30.

She has led the college since 2008.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:20 PM

The art of teaching the arts has undergone a transformation at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The university this school year overhauled the way it delivers instruction, offering a more multi-disciplinary approach that prepares students for artistic jobs in today’s economy, said President Sean T. Buffington. The university combined two colleges - Art & Design and Media & Communications - into the College of Art, Media and Design.

“We had a curriculum structured for a creative economy that doesn’t exist anymore,” said Buffington, who has been at the helm for six years. “Jobs are really different than they used to be. Professions have changed radically...What a graphic designer did 30 years ago is different from today. Now, they’re thinking more about multi-platform branding, social media... - it’s become very, very different.”

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:53 AM

Check out the big chairs on campus.

Temple University students returning from spring break this week are being greeted by two large Adirondack chairs – one white and one cherry red – in front of Paley Library, just east of north 13th Street, between Norris and Montgomery.

The sturdy chairs are big enough to fit four people, a university spokesman said.

POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11:20 AM

Pennsylvania’s state higher education system has expanded access to its programs to Philadelphia residents with the opening of a renovated site in center city where several of its universities are offering classes, officials said this week.

 The “Multi-University Center,” based on the third floor of the Mellon Independence Center at 701 Market St. is providing classes toward both bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees.

 Mayor Nutter, U.S. Reps. Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz and Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, are among the dignitaries who will be on hand to offer remarks at the official opening of the center at 10 a.m. on Monday.

POSTED: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 8:46 PM

Pennsylvania State University board of trustee member Kenneth Frazier at a meeting Thursday afternoon unleashed a passionate defense of the trustee-commissioned investigative report that found senior administrators had covered up child sex abuse allegations.

Furthermore, Frazier said, during a fiery exchange with an alumni candidate for the board, he didn't care whether those Penn State administrators were found guilty at the upcoming trial or not. Evidence unearthed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his team proved their culpability, he said.

Penn State, he said, has to continue to take responsibility for the child sex abuse that occurred on its campus and off at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 1:12 PM
Penn State added goalkeeper Eamon McAdam of Perkasie and defenseman David Thompson. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

One thing Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees definitely needs is the faculty perspective, so concludes a report by a special committee of faculty and administrators.

The report unveiled this week states that two faculty members should be added to the board, but that the current 32-member size of the board also should be reduced to 22 members.

The committee’s report is the latest commentary in an ongoing debate over the structure and operations of the Penn State board in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal.

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