Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Faculty union representatives are to decide via conference call Thursday whether to schedule a strike authorization vote across Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities — even as students move into dorms for Monday’s start of fall classes.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
H. Fred Walker is about to start his first academic year at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and he's gearing up for the changes and tough choices that will bring.
By Dana Massing, The Erie Times-News
Thursday, August 18, 2016
East Stroudsburg University president Marcia Welsh was doing some landscaping on her campus two years ago when she came across what was either a large weed or a bush. She asked a nearby university grounds worker what to do with it. The employee instructed her on what to do, then said, “I can’t believe I’m telling you what to do.” Seeing the leaders and administrative staff of a state university sweep their campus’ sidewalks and pull weeds on a hot August day is rare, but it’s become tradition under Welsh.
By Kevin Kunzmann, The Pocono Record
Sunday, August 21, 2016
They are rarely on the same playing field, but the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State are on the same page with a student application due to debut Sept. 1. The application, created by the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a consortium of highly selective private colleges and public flagship universities, will be available on the Pitt and Penn State websites.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The conventional wisdom after college drop-off is to wait and let your freshman reach out to you, but parents may want to rethink that advice. Growing research shows this is a high-risk time for depression, alcohol abuse and sexual assault. The first few weeks of college are one of the riskiest windows.
By Lisa Heffernan and Jennifer Breheny Wallace, The New York Times
Friday, August 19, 2016
If Congress wanted to make an actual difference regarding the rising cost of college, and to give universities and colleges a fighting chance to solve this problem, it would strip from the Higher Education Act the requirement that colleges publish a “tuition” number. The figure is as good as useless now.
By Danielle Allen, Harvard University (in The Washington Post)
Friday, August 19, 2016
As the academic year opens at colleges across the country, one important group of students will be underrepresented in classrooms: returning adults. The missing students may have both the abilities and the motivation to pursue degrees. But many are shut out of higher education because of debt owed to schools they attended years, even decades, earlier.
By Vive Griffith, Foundation Communities' Free Minds (in The Washington Post)
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Forget the 711 NFL receptions, the 10 years of catching passes from Drew Brees and the Super Bowl ring he keeps in his southern New Jersey home. Marques Colston identifies as an everyday father. The longtime New Orleans Saints wide receiver mentioned his kids unprovoked during a conversation Friday morning at Bloomsburg University and curled his lips into a grin when reminiscing about his son's first season of flag football.
By Aaron Kasinitz, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Representatives for the faculty union and managers of the State System of Higher Education held contract talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, but neither side reported significant progress toward reaching a settlement. In fact, the union announced that its Aug. 25 conference call planned with faculty delegates from each of the campuses to decide whether to call for a strike authorization vote is still on.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News