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POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:45 AM
A Penn State University logo on the side of a merchandise trailer outside Beaver Stadium in State College. The university's Board of Trustees is meeting today and Friday. (AP photo)

The filing of a lawsuit this week against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over its sanctions against Penn State's football program shows a growing division among members of the university's board of trustees.

Penn State issed a statement that it remains committed to complying with the NCAA sanctions leveled in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving the university's former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.

But five of the 32-member board of trustees clearly are not on board.

POSTED: Friday, May 31, 2013, 6:31 PM

Pennsylvania State University will lose $13 million in bowl revenue over four years as a result of sanctions imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. That coupled with the $60 million fine it received in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has “generated interest and concern about the fiscal health of the Penn State Athletics Department,” said a report issued Friday by an external monitor.

The report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the external athletics integrity monitor overseeing Penn State’s compliance with the NCAA sanctions, was posted on Penn State’s web site Friday afternoon. The university, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference entered into the agreement in August as part of the consent decree imposed by the NCAA.

In his third quarterly report, Mitchell praised the university for continuing to adhere to the consent decree, making changes in board governance, upgrading training and instituting other changes to improve the university.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 10:07 AM

The University of Pennsylvania’s law school will launch a new center focused on improving the country’s criminal justice system with a $15 million gift from a  banker and alumnus who spent several years fighting charges in the criminal justice system, the university announced this week.
Former Credit Suisse Group banker Frank Quattrone was convicted of obstructing a federal probe into Credit Suisse First Boston, but the verdict was overturned on appeal in 2006. The government agreed to drop its case if Quattrone did not break the law for a year. Charges were dismissed in 2007.
“For more than four years, I fought to clear my name and prove that the accusations against me were without merit,” Quattrone said in a statement at the time the dismissal of charges was announced. "The legal system has rendered its final verdict: I am innocent.”
The initial funding for the Penn center comes from the foundation started by Quattrone and his wife, Denise Foderaro, in 2002; both are Penn graduates and Philadelphia natives. Frank Quattrone is co-founder and CEO of Qatalyst Group, a global independent investment firm based in San Francisco.
“Our system of justice may very well be the best in the world, but with each passing day the frequency and sometimes tragic consequences of its mistakes, as well as the risk of random unfair outcomes for all Americans, are becoming better understood,” he said in a prepared statement. “It is our profound wish that this new Center will serve as a world class policy hub for researching and debating the system’s most crucial problems, as well as in developing concrete, credible, evidence-based solutions to catalyze long-term structural improvements.”
The new national research and policy hub, to be called the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, will aim to drive long-term instructional improvements to the nation’s justice system, the law school said. It will use an “interdisciplinary, data-driven, scientific approach to identifying and analyzing the most crucial problems in the justice system, and proposing solutions that improve its fairness for the long-term benefit of society,” the university said in a press release.
The center, which will offer its first programming in 2013-14, will involve academics, judicial officials, law enforcement, defense attorneys, prosecutors, legislators, forensic and social scientists, media and other participants in its research and programs, officials said.
While historically the justice system generally was considered to be fair, developments in DNA testing have shown errors in convictions and raised questions about how well the system actually works. The new center will delve into this issue and others to look for ways to insure fairness, officials said.
“The Quattrone Center is being established with one fundamental purpose: to advance the fairness of our justice system by deepening our understanding of the most crucial issues affecting its performance and proposing improvements that will ensure a just process for all,” Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts said in a prepared statement. “It will extend to justice the same revolution in evidence-based approaches and outcomes that are already taking place in medicine and education, by evaluating the justice system broadly to determine why systemic problems occur and how best to address them for the long term.”
While housed at the law school, the center will draw in Penn professionals from other schools across the campus, including Wharton, communications, criminology, engineering, medicine and public health and social sciences.
The center will offer conferences, workshops and other activities to spur public debate and involve students in the quest for solutions, officials said. Areas to be investigated include: “the frequency and causes of, as well as policy proposals to reduce or eliminate wrongful convictions; redress for victims of institutional misconduct; critically evaluating the science underlying current forensic practices and developing new breakthroughs; incentives and accountability for prosecutors (for example, absolute versus qualified immunity); and the roles of politics, economics, and the media on justice system fairness.”
The university will conduct a nationwide search for a director for the center and create a national advisory board.
The Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation was started to improve the “human condition through technological, social and artistic innovation,” the university said. Foderaro is a research assistant for the National Registry of Exonerations.

POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 3:33 PM
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann will receive a third five-year term. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann will tout Penn’s work in the world of Massive Open Online Courses in a speech on Friday in Tokyo to alumni of Wharton.

It’s one of two Global Alumni forums being held by Wharton this year. The other will be in Paris in October. Her speech is titled: “Maximizing Returns: The Enduring Value and Bold Future of Higher Education.”

“Online learning is a bold experiment in higher education,” Gutmann said in a prepared statement. “MOOCs are increasing access to education and have the potential to touch underserved populations in new ways. The University of Pennsylvania is proud to be among those leading the way in this new venture.”

POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 11:46 AM

Faculty at Agnes Irwin, a private school for girls, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing will co-teach a class on global health issues at the school in the fall.

Agnes Irwin, based in Rosemont, said the partnership is the first of its kind in the Philadelphia area between an independent school and Penn Nursing and designed to bring college-level coursework into the school.

The elective course will be offered to 11th and 12th graders and focus on global health issues as they relate to girls and young women. The partnership was developed through Agnes Irwin’s Center for the Advancement of Girls, which touts leadership, wellness, global citizenship and teaching and learning in the 21st century.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4:55 PM

La Salle President Michael J. McGinniss will step down next year after 15 years at the helm of the Philadelphia university, officials announced Tuesday.

A Christian brother, McGinniss will remain in the job through May 31, 2014. A presidential search committee will begin work this summer.

"After 15 years and three terms as La Salle's president, and after much discernment, it seems like this is the right time for me to transition this work to a new president," McGinniss said in a prepared statement.

POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013, 2:08 PM

The Lincoln University — that’s right THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY - has added “the” to its official name to distinguish it from the other Lincoln universities and schools throughout the United States.

There’s a Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., another in Oakland, Calif., a Lincoln College in Illinois and a Lincoln College of Technology with multiple locations.

The 2,000-student, historically-black university in the rolling farmlands of southern Chester County officially made the change last month and is in the process of modifying all of its signs and logos. It was a decision by the office of communications and the president’s office, said spokesman Eric Webb.

POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013, 6:02 PM

Montgomery County Community College is increasing tuition and fees for next year by $18 per credit hour or 7.5 percent, the college announced .

Students will pay $153 per credit hour, up from $135 in the current year. A three-credit course will cost $459 and the annual cost for a full-time student with 12 credits per semester will be $3,672 or $4,590 for 15 credits per semester.

The tuition and fees were set as part of the college’s budget adoption.

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