Looking toward the coming school year, The Inquirer asked colleges and universities in the region a simple question: What’s new on campus? Schools are constantly changing, including adding new degrees and majors, constructing new dorms, dining halls, and classroom spaces, opening new campus clubs and student groups, and welcoming new presidents, provosts, and other senior administrators.
As the 2015–16 school year opens, here’s a look at those changes, along with a snapshot of information, including tuition and faculty size. All information was provided by the schools, and may have been lightly edited for publication. Some information is not yet finalized, including enrollment and financial aid data, and the colleges were asked to give a best estimate.
Four-year colleges and universities in the region were invited to participate. The following schools did not submit information: Bryn Athyn College, Cairn University, Holy Family University, Ramapo College, and William Paterson University.
This information was compiled by Inquirer higher education reporters Susan Snyder and Jonathan Lai. Reach Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-854-4693, or on Twitter at @ssnyderinq. Reach Jonathan at email@example.com, 856-779-3220, or on Twitter at @Elaijuh. Look for more higher education news on their blog, Campus Inq.
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- Arcadia's academic alliance with Global Pathways Institute (GPI) in Mumbai, India will provide a pathway for students in India to begin their college career in India and finish it at Arcadia University, or at other universities in the U.S. GPI will deliver a one-to-two-year program of Arcadia undergraduate courses, after which qualified students will have the option to matriculate to the University’s Glenside, Pa., campus to complete their undergraduate education and earn a baccalaureate degree. Students also may use their Arcadia transcript to apply to another university to complete a baccalaureate degree or to study abroad at one of Arcadia’s many centers abroad. This program will allow Indian students interested in American-style higher education to experience the same coursework but remain at home in India for their first two years of study. GPI students will apply to Arcadia University at GPI in Mumbai and be accepted as Arcadia students, according to the same standards as students applying to the Glenside campus.
- Opening of two connected residence halls built on the site of the former Haffner Hall. One hall will serve as both housing for 29 students and as the Black Cultural Center. The name of this hall will be revealed at Convocation on the first day of class. The second hall is made up of 101 single rooms. The smaller hall is a complete renovation of a section of Haffner Hall. The larger hall is the first completely new dormitory built on campus since 1969.
- Our just-opened South Campus Apartments include four residence halls featuring apartment-style living for more than 340 students. Each of the buildings also includes a themed lounge, selected and designed by students. Also in the 165,000-square-foot complex is The Commons Building, which offers student lounge space; a large, open multi-purpose room; and The Commons Cafe, an a la carte dinning serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with table seating for about 80. Again, much of this was student-informed.
- Restoration continues on the Carnegie Building, which opened in 1905. It was originally an open, airy space that housed the university’s book collection and offered hearth space for students, naturally lit by the skylights that peered down through the atrium. As its purpose changed over the decades, its character was lost. Space constraints forced the construction of a second floor for offices and classrooms, eliminating the atrium and skylights, and hiding nearly every source of natural light behind office doors. The work here will restore Carnegie back to its original elegance, bringing back the atrium, mezzanine and skylights, and will provide additional student lounge and study areas. It will also include offices and other spaces for student and academic support services.
- Because of the location of the new South Campus Apartments, additional shuttle services have been added to various locations in and around campus.
- New Provost Barbara Altmann began on Aug. 1. Amy Badal was promoted from associate dean of students to dean of students.
Allentown, Northeast Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, Downingtown, Plymouth Meeting, Drexel Hill, Reading, Harrisburg, Sellersville, Lancaster, South Philadelphia, Levittown, York
Room and board: $12,026
- The Degree Completion Program begins fall 2015.
- The Athletics and Recreation Pavilion groundbreaking is Sept. 2.
- The Master of Arts in Religion and Pastoral Studies begins spring 2016.
- Two Doctoral Programs were approved to launch in the late spring 2016.
- New majors were added including black studies and gender and body studies. New minors were added including entrepreneurship and environmental studies; and new concentrations were added including actuarial science and digital convergence.
Unlimited meal plan: $2,802
Double room: $2,580
Resident Communication Fee: $175
Full Time Activity Fee: $200
Technology Fee: $100
- New programs:
- Health Science
- Exercise Science
- Public Health
- Health Promotion and Wellness
- Applied Psychology Online
- Newly renovated:
- Dining hall - Canova Commons
- Science Labs
- Nutrition Lab/Kitchen
- Sprint football begins in September, bringing the total number of athletic programs to 20. Women’s bowling is also new this year.
- The CHC website has undergone a major renovation and has launched.
- Renovations have begun in Clement Hall, where state-of-the-art technology is being added to create “smart” classrooms.
- Several new majors and minors have been added to the curriculum. See a press release outlining these changes.
- M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education/Special Education) at Center City location.
- Two new girls' clubs: soccer and golf.
Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture, North Wales, Pa.
Student Activity & Comprehensive Fees: $2,060
Room:$5,736 - 6,572
Resident Board: $6,780 - 6,880
- A new undergraduate major, History, Policy and Society will allow students to specialize in either public history or policy. The university has also added a new pre-professional undergraduate program in physical therapy. DelVal received provisional approval for a physician assistant program. The university anticipates matriculating its first physician assistant class in July 2019.
- The popular student-driven, pet-friendly housing policy is being expanded to include more rooms that allow students to have small pets. The list of allowed pets is also being expanded to include cats after a trial group of cats was successful.
- The university is seeking to grow its population of degree-seeking international students and has been partnering with Pearl S. Buck International to recruit from China. The university signed a partnership with the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative. Through this partnership, DelVal has committed to doubling the number of its students who participate in learning opportunities abroad by 2020 by offering additional short-term faculty-led courses abroad, more international internships and career experiences, and other university-related travel experiences. So far, the university has signed two new semester-long exchange agreements and has been awarded a grant for study abroad scholarships. The grant will fund six $2,500 scholarships for DelVal students from traditionally underrepresented populations to help make study abroad possible for more students.
- A new turf field and track, which are the first items of an Athletic Master Plan, were installed.
- A new psychology and criminal justice lab.
- A new major in economics.
- Certificate in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
- A new Graduate College with former Interim Provost James Herbert, PhD, as its founding dean.
- The Summit will open its doors to students and retail this fall. The 580,000-square-foot, 24-story development by American Campus Communities at Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street will feature apartments and suites for more than 1,300 students with 20,000 square feet of retail.
- Under the direction of our Provost, Keith Iddings, Eastern University launches the College of Business and Leadership this fall. The college recently welcomed Dr. Douglas Clark as its Dean. Clark will lead the creation of a principal academic unit that brings together people and programs from the academic disciplines of business, leadership, and advocacy. The new college serves a broad range of students - traditional and adult, associate through PhD degrees, campus-based at several Philadelphia locations and online — by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and character development required for fulfilling careers in a competitive marketplace and in service to others. Clark holds a graduate degree in business from Webster University and a doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine University. His scholarly interests focus on the alignment of academic programming with labor market demands and the uses of emerging technology to support teaching and learning.
- New technology zone in main library
- "Green" bio-flooring in residence halls
- Two new academic programs: Public History and Cinema and Media Studies. We are also launching a leadership certificate program through our Garthwait Leadership Center, and we reached $100 million this summer through our comprehensive fund-raising campaign. Received a $606,000 National Science Foundation grant to support students who wish to study STEM disciplines.
- In May, we added a new program to our state-of-the-art campus facility in Center City: the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), which is a second degree program for students who hold their bachelor's degree in another field and want to become a nurse. The facility includes a brand new clinical lab, high-fidelity simulation lab, and classroom and office space.
- In August, we completed construction on a new front entrance to our 160-acre Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley.
- In October, we will launch a brand new website.
- The incoming class of 2019 is our first to be eligible for student loan debt relief after graduation. The $2 million fund is one of only a few such programs nationwide to aid undergraduates with their student loan payments. It is focused on helping young alumni who are employed in jobs of high social value with low remuneration, or who are in transition at some point following graduation.
- The College's home for Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM) is on track for a 2017 launch, with construction set to begin next year. Much like labs for scientific research or language study, the new center will be a laboratory for Haverford students to master digital and visual modes of thought and exchange, and will facilitate innovative study within and across disciplines. VCAM will be situated in a renovated and expanded Old Gym on Founders Green, and will feature more than 19,000 square feet devoted to digital editing labs and sound studios, a hacker/maker space, and a media installation area. It will house faculty and staff offices, seminar rooms, flexible classrooms, creative labs, spaces for pop-up exhibitions and project development, and display areas for art and artifacts from Special Collections. There will also be a screening/performance venue with reception area and a multi-purpose lounge for informal gatherings.
- Starting this fall, Immaculata will offer a new major in Interactive Digital Media (IDM) leading to a bachelor of science degree. Students will benefit from an equal balance of both the technical aspects of digital media and the creative design that is rarely offered in one major. Starting in January 2016, Immaculata will offer a BS in Cybersecurity. This interdisciplinary program will prepare students to assess vulnerability and security needs of computer network systems, design broad security solutions, recommend required changes, and manage the implementation of security systems. It also offers a unique course in open source intelligence that few programs currently offer.
- The Michael Graves College at Kean University will welcome its first cohort of students in September 2015. The college includes the new School of Public Architecture and the Robert Busch School of Design. Its B.A. in Architectural Studies was recently approved by the state. Michael Graves, one of the most prominent and prolific American architects of the latter 20th century, was a driving force behind the college’s curriculum, which focuses on hand drawing as a vital component of architectural design. The Michael Graves School of Architecture is housed in the award-winning Green Lane Academic Building on Kean’s Union, N.J., campus. Michael Graves designed the building that will house the School of Architecture on Kean's Wenzhou China campus.
- Construction is underway for a new academic building at Kean University’s Union, N.J. campus. Designed by the award-winning Gruskin Group™, the firm behind Kean's stunning Green Lane building, the 114,700-square- foot mixed-use academic building will be home to the university's health and computer science programs and will include a number of unique high-tech features, such as a 500-seat auditorium with a Meyer Sound “Constellation” active acoustic sound system, an interactive audience collaboration system that allows students to post content from laptops and mobile devices onto a main screen, and a 30-foot by 7-foot, interactive iTouch wall in the lobby which allows students to draw, research, play games, search online and collaborate with each other.
- Kean University recently launched Kean Online, a fully online educational program offering community college graduates, graduate students and all adult learners in New Jersey the opportunity to finish their degrees or take graduate level courses in Kean’s signature programs. Kean Online’s B.S. in Global Business introduces students to international business practices and places students on the path to viable careers in today’s global economy. Coursework emphasizes innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Classes include International Business & Trade, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Management Information Systems, Business Statistics & Applications, and Management of Corporate Finance. Virtual open houses for the B.S. in Global Business are scheduled throughout the summer. Register at www.kean.edu/online.
- The newly opened Oechsle Center for Global Education is a dynamic, collaborative learning environment and a physical intersection for programs and majors that deal with all facets of global education. While it is home to Africana studies, international affairs and anthropology & sociology, OCGE is quickly becoming a hub for international programming for the entire campus.
- The Williams Arts Campus, at the foot of College Hill, encourages student innovation and collaboration with a visual arts building, arts plaza (recently named Building of the Year by American-Architects), student nightclub, and a building housing the Film and Media Studies Program and Theater Department. Opening this spring is the final piece of the Arts Campus, a black box theater and state-of-the art cinema to screen students' work and host film events.
- A new initiative this year is the Connected Communities Program which provide a platform for intellectual engagement, friendship, and bonding throughout a student’s life at Lafayette. New students are assigned to one of five Commons, or teams, for housing purposes and orientation, as well as academic and social activities. Commons serve as the foundation for students' first-year community. Commons gather throughout the year for special events and speakers, compete in first-year intramural sports, host socials for team members, and form unique identities that facilitate the formation of a connected community within the larger Lafayette student community. Each Commons has upper-level peer advisors to help new students navigate the first-year experience, including Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, and 'PARDners.'
Room & Board: $13,060
- Hanycz, who began her presidency in July, is the first woman and first lay person to lead La Salle in a non-interim capacity. She follows 28 Christian Brothers, who have served as President in the University’s 152-year history.
- In September, La Salle will welcome Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, a dynamic and exciting leader within the global Catholic community, to accept an Honorary Degree.
- On Wednesday, September 23 as part of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, La Salle will host the International Mayors Forum. During this intimate panel discussion, international mayors representing diverse cities will discuss the ways in which government at the local level can help strengthen and sustain families through public policy and advocacy. As part of this discussion, mayors from several cities around the world, including Rome, New Orleans, and Puebla, Mexico, will be on campus.
- In October, La Salle will also host the Dalai Lama for a teaching that will provide an opportunity for students to learn from a transformational global leader.
- In January, classes will begin in the new School of Business building, one of the country’s most advanced learning facilities for business education. This $35 million 87,000 square foot facility will support a curriculum that offers a blend of theory and real-world practice, reflecting the central Lasallian value of learning by doing.
Room and board: $12,280
Books, fees and misc expenses: $2,065
Laboratory fee for engineering and science majors: $500
- Lehigh welcomes its 14th president, John D. Simon, an internationally renowned chemist and highly respected leader in higher education. Formerly executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia, Simon took office at Lehigh on July 1. Lehigh will kick off its Sesquicentennial celebration (#Lehigh150) with the installation of President Simon on Founder’s Day, Oct. 2, which marks the start of the Lehigh@150 weekend. The festivities will culminate in Alumni Weekend and Commencement in May 2016.
- Building on its strengths in both technology and liberal arts, Lehigh is launching DataX, a strategic university initiative that will significantly expand Lehigh’s capacities for teaching and learning in computer and data science, while increasing access to such courses for students, regardless of their major. Lehigh will hire new faculty and infuse the concepts of computer science into areas of study across the university.
- Lehigh is offering a gender neutral housing option, new in 2015/2016. The PRIDE community is a residential option for transgender and gender non-conforming students; students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or queer; and students that are allies to the LGBTQ community – one of 11 specialty housing options for Lehigh upper class students.
- On Oct. 3, Lehigh will officially dedicate Williams Hall, which, after undergoing a major renovation as part of the campus master plan, will re-open after five years as a global-themed center home to area studies programs, Modern Language & Literature, Religion Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, and Student Affairs staff and programs. With academic spaces fully wired for 21st century learning, Williams Hall – a 63,000-square-foot building from 1904 in the middle of campus -- has been redesigned as a campus hub with special attention paid to preserving its original character. The relocation of administrative offices from the University Center (UC) to Williams Hall paves the way for upcoming construction that will transform the UC into a true student center.
Room & Board: $9,020
- Pan-Africana Studies major that is among the first of its kind to include options for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and professional concentrations. The program seeks to link the entire study of ancient and modern or contemporary Africa as well as that of Africans in the Diaspora with a goal of creating global leaders and world humanitarians.
- Study Abroad exchange program with China that provides 1,000 Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students full-tuition scholarships with 50 participating Chinese universities. Lincoln University is a leading institution in sending the most HBCU students to China.
Room and board: $13,836
- This fall Moore College of Art & Design will open its spacious, newly renovated Campus Commons. It will include a contemporary redesign of the entire dining hall, an intimate café & lounge with a fireplace, a new kitchen and serving area. As part of the renovation, Moore will unify the campus by connecting Fox Commons to the dining hall, providing ease of access to all spaces in the college. There will also be enhanced lighting in the dining hall for students to more effectively showcase their work and a glass wall in the café & lounge where they will be able to creatively express themselves with drawings.
- In September, the University will open a new facility for its School of Business. The 143,000-square-foot School of Business building will provide the school’s more than 2,500 students with a $66 million high-tech learning environment, including a 150-seat lecture hall, classrooms, computer labs, a hub for the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, market research and analysis labs, and a financial trading floor.
- This fall, the university will open a new Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, a 100,000-square-foot, $55 million facility providing an array of laboratories for research in the environmental and pharmaceutical sciences, as well as advanced instructional spaces.
- The university has broken ground on a $53 million facility for its growing programs in Communications and Media.
- New Strategic Plan: In July we launched Vision 2020, our strategic Plan for 2015-2020.
- The Class of 2019, with 538 first-year students, will be 20 percent larger than any previous year. This puts us well on our way to a goal of 2,000 students by 2020.
- New Sports Medicine & Rehabilitative Services Center in Partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network: The college is renovating and expanding a former racquetball club building from 26,200 to 44,600 square feet. St. Luke’s will utilize 10,000 square feet of space for primary care sports medicine and physical therapy. Moravian College’s space will include academic areas for the athletic training program. St. Luke's will begin its out-patient practice in December of this year. Moravian will launch a five-year bachelor's and master's program for athletic training students in the fall 2016. We continue to move forward with our partnership with St. Luke’s to develop programs in athletic training, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
- Moravian College has launched a new undergraduate major, "Health Sciences," to prepare students for graduate and professional study in allied health professions.
- Moravian College students can now major or minor in public health and take all the course work on the college’s Bethlehem campus.
- Moravian College is drawing up plans for a new, 48,000-square-foot health sciences building on its Bethlehem campus for occupancy as early as 2017 at the corner of West Laurel and Main Streets. The health sciences program starts with a common core of courses. Students then choose a professional track: athletic training, occupational therapy or physical therapy.
- Muhlenberg's Living Writers series returns to welcome acclaimed writers to visit classrooms and present to the student body, with featured guest Neil Gaiman.
- Muhlenberg continues its annual Center for Ethics programming with themes of "Influence & Information: Whose Safety? Whose Security" and "Influence & Information: Manipulation Nation."
- Muhlenberg welcomes its most diverse class ever, with 17.8% domestic students of color and 23% multicultural students.
- John I. Williams begins his tenure as Muhlenberg's 12th president. His inauguration will occur on Oct. 25, 2015.
- Building a 10,000 square foot addition to the Bruder Life Center for expanded digital media, TV, and radio studios (completion in May 2016).
- Launched the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) major.
NJCU at Brookdale -- Wall Township, NJ
- In September, New Jersey City University will relocate its School of Business to a custom-designed facility in the heart of New Jersey’s financial hub, just minutes from Manhattan. The NJCU School of Business is situated in a 68,348-square foot space at Harborside Plaza 2 directly on the Jersey City waterfront, adjacent to the Exchange Place PATH station. The location centralizes NJCU’s growing undergraduate and graduate business programs and provides students with convenient access to corporate employers both in Jersey City and New York City. The architectural plans for the School of Business feature cutting-edge technology, a simulated trading floor, classrooms, faculty offices, and a conference space with stunning views of lower Manhattan.
- NJCU is constructing a 425-bed student residence hall, which will be the first project in a $400 million construction plan for facilities and buildings on NJCU’s West Campus. The building, which is scheduled to open in September 2016, will more than double the current housing available to students, providing unprecedented opportunities to enrich campus life and to enable more students to experience life in the heart of New Jersey's most diverse city. The four-story residence hall will be situated on NJCU property adjacent to 209 West Side Ave. and will feature all suite-style units, each with living area, kitchenette and private bathrooms. Programmatic highlights of the new community include a central point of access with adjacent reception area, individual living-learning communities and extensive common areas to encourage resident engagement and activity. Amenities include a resident lounge, community kitchen, game room, SMART laundry and vending centers, multi-purpose classroom, music practice rooms, outdoor courtyard with open green space, cardio fitness center and a comprehensive Wi-Fi system.
- There were more than 50 new full-time faculty members at NJIT as of September 2014, which marked the successful culmination of a three-year hiring plan.
- NJIT added 17 faculty members this past year, bringing the total in a recent hiring plan to 67 new faculty.
- The recently launched New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an NJIT corporation, is promoting economic development in partnership with industry, government and other educational institutions.
- On campus, there is new housing for students enrolled in NJIT’s honors college and for members of our fraternities and sororities, as well as new state-of-the-art facilities for learning and research in the Central King building and the Otto York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science.
- NJIT recently joined the Atlantic Sun Conference.
- Over the next five years, the university plans to invest more than $300 million in capital projects. These include a Wellness and Event Center, a new parking facility, and an expansion of the Otto York Center for Environmental Engineering with a Life Sciences and Engineering building.
- Flexible class delivery – Students enrolled in four of Peirce’s programs will be able to choose week-to-week whether to take their class in-person or online. The program will roll out campus-wide next fall.
- Intensive courses including winter session – This new option will allow students to complete a class in just three weeks. Nine courses will be available in the fall and another six in the new winter session.
- Financial counseling – This fall, Peirce will pilot an initiative with Clarifi, a nonprofit community resource dedicated to lifelong financial literacy. Approximately 100 students will be involved in the pilot in an effort to educate them on credit, borrowing and debt as they pay for their education and beyond.
- Suburban recruiting – Peirce is taking its mission of training adult learners to the suburbs, where, depending on the county, only 29 (Camden) to 46 (Montgomery) percent of residents 25 and older have a bachelor's degree.
- Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration – Peirce’s second master’s program is expected to be launched this spring.
- Expanding employer relations – Two new leadership positions were created this summer to expand Peirce’s connections with the business community.
Penn State Abington, Penn State Altoona, Penn State Beaver, Penn State Berks, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Dickson School of Law, Carlisle and University Park, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Great Valley, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State New Kensington, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State Shenango, Penn State University Park, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State York, Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center (college), Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport
- Penn State President Eric Barron announced a statewide initiative through Penn State known INVENT Penn State, which projects a vision of building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem around campuses throughout Pennsylvania. In fact, six Penn State campuses were awarded seed funding aimed at enhancing local partnerships and entrepreneurial environments. Penn State Abington, Behrend, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, New Kensington and Wilkes Barre received $50,000 in seed funding, that will be used in a wide variety of ways, from creating incubator space to connecting local entrepreneurs with resources such as marketing and legal advice.
- Starting this summer, Penn State began piloting a program to provide freshmen at seven campuses the opportunity to earn scholarships while taking classes, working and developing a support network. Called “Pathway to Success: Summer Start Program” or PaSSS, the program is aimed at providing financial and educational support to students, while at the same time helping them graduate on time. Penn State Beaver and Shenango (paired together), Penn State Berks, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Hazleton and Penn State Schuylkill are participating. Some of the offerings of the program include peer mentors, paid work, scholarships, and stipends for books and fees.
- The first installment of Penn State’s new, undergraduate minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) is fully developed and the inaugural course is ready to debut this fall and will deliver critical training to a wide variety of professions from education, medicine and criminology, to social services and law enforcement. The course, “Introduction to Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies,” will give students a comprehensive look at child maltreatment with a focus on its prevalence, causes and consequences.
- Penn State is placing emphasis on the issue of sexual misconduct through increased education, prevention, response, and victim support. As part of its many initiatives to combat sexual assault and harassment, the University will hold its first bystander intervention training this fall aimed at preparing faculty, staff and community members with the skills to teach students and professional staff how to prevent sexual misconduct by diffusing potentially risky situations through effective intervention techniques. Penn State also is requiring mandatory training for faculty and staff; hiring a Title IX coordinator and creating a dedicated office; and conducting a campus climate survey this fall to better understand the scope and nature of the problem.
- Penn State's World Campus has added the following degree programs to its roster: BS in accounting; BS in health policy and administration; BS in marketing; a BS in political science; a business minor and an entrepreneurship minor.
- The revised General Education curriculum, adopted in April, features a new "integrated studies component" that encourages student exposure to interdisciplinary themes and perspectives. This approach encourages student exploration by allowing students to sample an unfamiliar field, incorporate world language courses, or complete a minor without extending their path to degree completion.
- The Penn State Smeal College of Business will add to its listing of majors for undergraduate students and expand its portfolio of entrepreneurship-related initiatives with the launch this semester of a new corporate innovation and entrepreneurship major. The major is designed to develop problem solving and creative thinking skills, along with the ability to spot trends, recognize opportunities and develop plans to capitalize on high-potential ideas. It is the eighth major available to Smeal’s more than 5,000 undergraduates.
- At Penn State Abington, there are several new majors, including: Accounting; and Rehabilitation and Human Services, launching this fall semester.
- New majors and programs at other locations include: At University Park — BS degree in global and international studies and BS in social data analytics. At Erie — BA degree in digital media, arts and technology. At Harrisburg — a mechatronics technology minor.
- About 5 million college students juggle parenting and academics, often adding time and cost to their education. A novel approach proposed for this fall at Penn State Abington infuses parenting issues into a section of English, to give student parents a chance to develop supportive relationships with each other and with faculty and staff who provide services for them.
Without World Campus, undergraduate enrollment at all locations is 70,514 and University Park alone is 40,541 of that figure.
We are using 2014 figures for enrollment, since we do not yet know with precision figures for 2015 until after the start of the fall semester. 2nd week in October is typical snapshot.
We have rolling admissions, so again, application figures for 2015 are not solid -- at this point, we have received 130,767 university-wide at all levels. Undergraduate applications are at 88,000 (includes more than 69,000 baccalaureate applications).
- A new Fine Arts Illustration major, combining 21st-century digital and storytelling skills in tandem with PAFA's foundation in observational art making.
- A new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program, providing students with the community and rigor of a traditional MFA with a flexible structure of three summer terms on campus, and fall and spring terms when students are off-site and supported by a vital online community with virtual studios, critic meetings and courses.
- Development of a currently undeveloped floor of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building into a new space for digital classrooms, labs and studios with state-of-the-art equipment, in support of the new Illustration program but available to all PAFA students.
- A new Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Clint Jukkala, who was previously head of PAFA's graduate programs and spearheaded initiatives including an annual New York gallery show for MFA graduates.
- Added two new Nexus Learning Hubs for a total of four active learning spaces to support the interdisciplinary, collaborative Nexus Learning curriculum.
- Established the New York Immersion course to give fashion students an opportunity to experience and learn from New York's vibrant fashion industry.
- Offers a new Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership, Master's in Architecture, and Master's in Surface Imaging.
- Enrolled the first Physician Assistant Studies students in the new New Jersey-based program.
- Is kicking off the 2015-16 academic year with Nexus Maximus II, an interdisciplinary, international four-day sprint project sponsored by Johnson & Johnson to come up with health care solutions.
- Rosemont College has launched two new programs in education: the M.A. in Literacy with K-12 Reading Specialist Certification and the M.A. in Leadership with K-12 Principal Certification.
- We continue to expand our partnerships with area employers and schools via SGPS, and our Global Studies Program sent over 40 students and faculty to Scotland this summer, marking the third consecutive summer that Rosemont supported nontraditional students through this program.
- In the undergraduate college, we welcome new full-time faculty members this fall: Professors Denise Falconi (Education), Denise Guedon-DeConcini (English), Erik Ranstrom (Religious Studies), and Timothy Ringgold (Business).
- Construction is underway on new academic buildings for Rowan’s colleges of Engineering and Business, allowing both to double enrollment.
- A 1,400-bed residence hall is under construction.
- The University hired 33 new faculty this fall, more than 90 over the past three years.
- Cooper Medical School of Rowan University will graduate its first class of students.
- Opening of Rutgers-New Brunswick Honors College. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed as a living/learning community that will offer academic opportunities and challenges beyond traditional curriculum and classroom experiences to more than 500 of the highest achieving students from New Jersey and beyond.
- Opening of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health. The new 78,000 square-foot building contains state-of-the-art laboratories, community clinics, a children’s nutrition center and preschool, as well as a dining facility offering healthy food options.
Number of Applications Received and Number of Students Admitted are First-Year Only.
- Our new Strategic Plan captures our history of, and ongoing commitment to, responding decisively to what the world needs from higher education.
- Our new, residential Honors Living Learning Community focused on social justice uses innovative ways to identify talented students poised to thrive in college and make a difference in the world.
- A newly renovated historic building at 15 Washington St. has opened its doors to 330 graduate and undergraduate students in the heart of Newark’s thriving arts district.
- Saint Joseph's this summer welcomed its first lay president in its 164-year history. Mark C. Reed will be inaugurated Sept. 17 and 18.
- The university recently acquired and renovated the former Cardinal's Residence (renamed the Marcy Dugan Wolfington Campus) and is using the space as a welcome center and headquarters for admissions and enrollment management.
Class offered at Carnegie Center in Atlantic City, NJ and at Anne Azeez Hall at the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage in Woodbine, NJ.
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, NJ houses about 220 students and offers opportunities for internships in Hospitality & Tourism Management Studies
- Construction will begin in November 2015 on the first phase of a major facilities expansion that will create a distinctive entrance on the Galloway campus. The main entrance of the academic quad will face Vera King Farris Drive and will provide a central location for students to study and meet between classes, as well as space for the university community to gather for campus events.
- By June 2017, Stockton expects to complete construction of a $28.62 million Unified Science Center2 (USC2) and an $18 million academic building, near the existing Unified Science Center and Campus Center. The 58,210-square-foot Unified Science Center2 will be an expansion to the existing 64,000-square-foot Unified Science Center. The three-story building will house teaching and research labs for various disciplines in the sciences, a vivarium, a large greenhouse, a multipurpose room and faculty offices. The 37,720-square-foot academic building will include space for the sustainability program, classrooms, faculty offices and collaboration areas with tables and chairs.
- New physician assistant master's program underway this year: Stockton and Philadelphia University are partnering with Reliance Medical Group to offer an Atlantic City-based Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. This fall, Stockton has admitted freshmen students into the dual-degree program option, where graduates will be able to receive their bachelor's degrees from Stockton's School of Health Sciences and their master's in Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia University in five years, instead of the usual six. The graduate courses will be held at Stockton's Carnegie Center in Atlantic City. Clinical work will be done in Atlantic City with Reliance and at other health care sites in the surrounding communities.
- Stockton will offer a new doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership beginning in January 2016, designed to meet the growing need for advanced degrees in management positions in the region and state. While this is primarily a face-to-face program, meeting every other weekend, online course opportunities will be integrated into the program's design. The new interdisciplinary doctorate will bring Stockton's total number of graduate programs to 14. The program will cover a wide variety of subjects, including: leading with ethical behavior and integrity, thinking and planning strategically and systematically; coaching, mentoring and developing new leaders, establishing and communicating a vision, building confidence, initiative and accountability, and understanding diverse cultures and how to span them.
- We added a number of new programs, including advertising and marketing, data science and analytics, environmental studies, finance, leadership, luxury brand marketing and management, museum studies, public policy, sports media, and media relations.
- We have a new cooperative program in engineering with Columbia University (a three-two program).
- We’ve added Bloomberg terminals to our business school's (Sigmund Weis School of Business) fully functioning trading room.
- Valerie Smith began her term as Swarthmore's 15th president on July 1. Smith, a respected administrator and distinguished scholar of African-American literature and culture most recently at Princeton University, was named president in February. Smith's inauguration will take place Oct. 2-3 and the weekend's festivities, in addition to the installation ceremony, will include a wide variety of music, dance, and theatrical performances; the Changing Lives, Changing the World Symposium; and a community-wide celebration followed by a fireworks display. More information is available at swarthmore.edu/inauguration.
- Construction is nearly complete on an addition that will connect Dana and Hallowell residence halls. The new structure, “Danawell,” will provide 70 to 75 new student beds, along with lounges overlooking Crum Woods on each floor and a communal terrace. Designed to be ADA-accessible, it will have an elevator and a new entrance, which will provide easier accessibility for students with disabilities.
- Significant progress has also been made on Town Center West, which will include an inn, restaurant, and campus and community store on the south edge of campus. Consistent with the college's mission, the project will serve as a physical and social link between the borough and the college, promoting collaboration, communication, and opportunities for intellectual engagement involving the entire community. The anticipated opening is late spring 2016.
- This is the first year for the Temple Option, our alternative admissions path for talented students who show great potential but don't perform well on standardized tests. We expect about 18 percent of incoming freshmen to enroll through the Temple Option.
- Improvements to Liacouras Walk will create more green space, provide more social space, and beautify the area. This is the first in what is expected to be a series of projects under Temple's new landscape master plan, Verdant Temple
- Renovations to Wachman Hall will add five floors of flexible classroom space.
- Construction is expected to begin in late 2015 or early 2016 on our new, state-of-the-art library at the core of Main Campus.
- Our new Nursing Education Center is scheduled to be completed this spring. The building will enable us to expand our accelerated BSN program and transform a key gateway in downtown Trenton.
- New Programs:
- BS in Professional Studies
- MS in Hospitality Management
- MS in International Business Finance
- Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity - Critical Infrastructure
- Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
- Graduate Certificate in Geropsychology
- Graduate Certificate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology
- World Scholars program begins: A program for selected, high-achieving undergraduate students wishing to become educated as global citizens. UD World Scholars spend their four years of scholarship immersed in global experiences, including multiple study abroad programs, language study, specialized coursework, living-learning environments, internship or research, and interactions with key individuals on the global stage, including visiting dignitaries.
- Caesar Rodney Residence and Dining Hall Complex opens: Caesar Rodney Hall will be the newest residence hall at the University of Delaware when it opens this month. It was designed with the environment in mind, including a green roof and a sophisticated food composting system. The attached dining hall will serve 6,000 meals a day. The facility is composed of 13 individual kiosks each dedicated to a different type of food with made-to-order meals. Options include: Vegan, Gluten-free, Mongolian BBQ, Kosher.
- Entrepreneurship Master's program: The program includes experiential courses focused on entrepreneurship, creativity, design, prototyping and new product development. Courses are augmented by opportunities such as funding competitions, mentoring and networking events. The degree is a joint venture between the University's Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, Lerner College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to this program, various undergraduate programs on campus have revised curricula placing an emphasis on entrepreneurship.
- Pennovation Works: Penn's dynamic hub for innovation, research driving entrepreneurial potential for real societal and economic impact and home to the Pennovation Center with two floors of co-working space of affordable, flexible office space with wet and dry labs and third floor will house GRASP lab.
- In May, Penn announced the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize winners. Unique in higher education, and launched in 2014 by President Amy Gutmann, these competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors encourage these students to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate. These will be offered annually with as many as three prize recipients –- preferably one each for local, national and global engagement. Recipients receive $50,000 for living expenses and up to $100,000 for project-implementation expenses.
- In May, Penn Libraries’ launched the open source digital resources online platform at http://openn.library.upenn.edu. The site provides digitized cultural heritage materials available as free cultural works that are accessible for use by anyone. The launch of OPenn is a major step in the Libraries’ strategic initiative to embrace open data and democratize access to information.
- New College House: The first-ever residential building specifically designed as a college house, Penn’s residential system that brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the larger context of Penn's vibrant campus. Building continues on Penn's New College House at Hill Field, located at 3400 Chestnut St. It is expected to be completed in 2016.
- Perry World House: Slated for completion spring 2016, and located between Spruce and Walnut Streets on 38th, Perry World House will serve as a central home on campus for global activities and initiatives, including classrooms, offices and open space focusing on a World Forum connecting Penn with scholars and policymakers from around the globe. It will catalyze and lead a range of new international activities, from visits by eminent scholars and fellowships for more junior researchers to interdisciplinary, transnational research projects and strategic policy outreach.
- Penn Wharton China Center and China Research and Engagement Fund: Launched in March, the PWCC builds on Penn’s longstanding engagement with China. The Penn Wharton China Center serves as a vibrant hub for the exchange of knowledge between China and Penn’s faculty, students, alumni, and friends. As a bridge between Penn and China, PWCC facilitates bilateral collaboration and advances the University’s commitment to inclusion, innovation, and impact at the local, national, and global levels as described in Penn Compact 2020, our vision for the future of Penn. Later this fall, Penn will also announce the inaugural list of China Research and Engagement Fund awards, which over the next five years will award up to $10 million in the form of matching research grants to Penn faculty to stimulate and support research activity and engagement in China.
- BFA in Game Art
- MFA in Devised Theater Performance
- BFA in Photo + Film Media
- BFA in Film + Animation
- BFA in Film Design + Production
- USciences had a leadership transition in July that brought former board vice chair and alumna Dr. Kathleen R. Mayes to the president's position while the university continues its search for a new president.
- This fall, the university will unveil a 10-year campus master plan.
- Academically, the university launched the mid-Atlantic region's first Brewing Science Certificate program and a new minor in neuroscience.
- It also received full accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for its undergraduate biochemistry program and a 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the BS in pharmaceutical and healthcare business and MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business programs.
- New president, Brock Blomberg.
- Among the freshman class are three recipients of new scholarships, one in theater, one in dance and one in music.
- The Center for Career and Professional Development will expand outreach to first year students with lunch and dinner chats to emphasize the importance of meeting with Center staff early to map out a 4-year-plan.
- New Provost: Patrick Maggitti, PhD, recently began his first year as the university's first provost. As provost, Maggitti is the chief academic officer and the second ranking officer of the University. He previously served as dean of the Villanova School of Business.
- Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue: With final land development approval from Radnor Township secured, Villanova University is poised to move forward with this transformation of its main parking lots on Route 30 into an attractive living and learning environment that will feature Collegiate Gothic-style residential housing, University-operated student-centric retail, a Performing Arts Center, a parking garage and a pedestrian bridge. Construction this fall will include additions to existing parking facilities with a target final project completion date of fall 2019.
- Partnership Improving Clean Water Access in Madagascar: Villanova University has partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to improve access to clean water and sanitation in Madagascar. The work includes students from a number of the university's schools and colleges, including the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Accelerating Ideas: Recently recognized by Forbes as one of the nation's most entrepreneurial colleges, Villanova University will open an Idea Accelerator facility this fall. Run by the University's Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute (ICE Institute), this facility – located in Falvey Memorial Library – will provide space where Villanovans from all colleges and disciplines can gather to engage in innovative, creative and entrepreneurial processes.
- Learning in a CAVE: Villanova recently opened the doors to a new virtual reality CAVE facility. Housed in a unique setting – the university's library – this central campus location allows the CAVE to be an accessible university-wide resource, research tool, and interactive classroom. In addition to having the capacity to project computer-generated graphics in 3D, the CAVE also has the ability to present immersive real-world video in the facility. Villanova's CAVE project included the design of a robot fitted with a spherical immersive video camera, which can provide observers in the CAVE with interactive immersive telepresence in a real-world location – whether it's the base of the Grand Canyon, a historic cathedral, or a busy highway.
WCU at PASSHE Center City, Mellon Independence Center (701 Market Street, Philadelphia)
- College of Business and Public Affairs building (BPAC) construction continues with goal of achieving LEED Gold certification. Opening fall 2016.
- New playing surface at Vonnie Gros Field is the first installation of its kind in North America: state-of-the-art Hockey Gold Field Turf, the industry's premiere field hockey surface.
- New programs: WCU's third doctorate is the Doctor of Education in education policy, planning, and administration. The 54-credit program will begin in May 2016. The 60-credit Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling will begin in the summer of 2016. Classes for the 36-credit Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics begins this fall in the evenings. The MSN program is accepting applications for WCU's new CNS Adult Gerontology track.
- WCU is seeking LEED Silver certification for renovations completed in January to Mitchell Hall, home of Center for International Programs, and Foreign Languages Department.
- Widener will begin the fall semester with what is expected to be its largest-ever freshman class: 840 students.
- Students will return for the opening of a new residence hall, James T. Harris III Hall, which will house 210 students and will feature an Einstein Bros. Bagels and Moe's Southwest Grill. Students will also find more parking available on campus with the addition of 115 spaces along 16th Street and Providence Avenue.
- Law students will return to their respective campuses in Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., to schools with new identities. On July 1, the Widener University School of Law officially split into two separate law schools: Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg and Widener University Delaware Law School in Wilmington.
- On the Main Campus in Chester, the School of Hospitality Management is now the Center for Hospitality Management, and part of the School of Education, Hospitality and Continuing Studies.