Susan Snyder has covered education for the Inquirer since 1998. She currently covers higher education.  She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2012.

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N.J. college leaders condemn, pledge to investigate social-media video of young people spewing racial slur

Several New Jersey college leaders condemned and began an investigation of a video where eight young people — allegedly students at their schools — repeat a racial slur.

Voluntary retirement plan could help cash-strapped Pa. state university system

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has struck a deal with its faculty union for a phased-out retirement program, with about 20 percent of the faculty eligible. The plan comes as the system seeks to reduce expenses in the face of another projected enrollment drop.

Philly-area commencement speeches: What celebrity speakers told grads

Here's a look at words of wisdom from some prominent speakers at Philadelphia area commencements this year.

National women’s fencing coach resigns after questioning sex harassment, abuse claim against Penn State assistant

Ed Korfanty, the national coach of the U.S. Women's Saber team, resigned over the weekend after speaking about a North Carolina woman's sexual misconduct complaint against a Penn State assistant coach. Korfanty told the Inquirer he didn't know who to believe.

Former Temple president Neil Theobald becomes a president again

Neil Theobald this month was named acting president of the University of Wyoming and given a one-year contract paying $340,000, according to a university news release. He had been hired by the university a year ago as vice president of finance and administration.

A new tradition at Temple’s Tyler School of Art: Grads leave with a diploma and a piece of art

In a new tradition, graduates of Temple University's Tyler School of Art this month left with a diploma and a piece of art from an alumnus.

Penn State fencing coach failed to report assistant who groped, harassed woman on plane, complaint alleges

After separate investigations by Penn State and an independent nonprofit that monitors abuse in college sports, longtime coach Wes Glon remains in his position. His former assistant, George “Gia” Abashidze, was fired.

Ted Kirsch to retire: Longtime union leader once led the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Ted Kirsch, statewide president of the American Federation of Teachers for the last 14 years, has been a key figure in the region's education labor movement for decades. He will retire in June, just shy of his 80th birthday.

Commencement or championship baseball game? 12 Gwynedd Mercy U Seniors decided: Play Ball!

They took the crown in the Atlantic East Conference baseball championship, then the university held a special ceremony for them on the field.

This 60-year-old Philly grandmother lived in the dorms at Cheyney. Now she’s the Class of 2019 valedictorian.

A Southwest Philadelphia grandmother lived in the dorms at Cheyney University, and she was a star. On Saturday, she will achieve her dream of a college degree and graduate as valedictorian, a poignant story for the nation's oldest historically black college, fighting for its survival.