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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Clarion University, which is working to reverse sharp enrollment declines, on Wednesday announced a plan to strengthen its athletic program through additional scholarship aid for existing sports and an expansion of women’s athletics.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania will review its response to a shooting of a former student outside an off-campus apartment Monday night.  "We always are looking for ways to improve our (response) in these situations," Jeffrey Hileman, Edinboro's director of university communications, said Tuesday. "Fortunately, we don't have a lot of opportunity to practice, but when we have a moment to take stock, we absolutely will be doing that."
By Erica Erwin, The Erie Times-News

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
he line-up for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's transition team is growing. Straight from the news release, here's the members of Team wolf's steering committee that will review government agencies
The (Allentown) Morning Call

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
As the Columbia University student tells it, the encounter was harmless fun: A female freshman invited him into her suite bathroom, got a condom, took off her clothes and had sex with him. But as that young woman later described it to university officials, the encounter was not consensual. The university suspended him for a year. He felt the outcome was unjust, but he did not know what to do about it. His lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg of Manhattan, did. Invoking Title IX, the federal gender-equality statute that is typically used to protect the rights of female students, he sued Columbia, saying his client had been “discriminated against on the basis of his male sex.”
By Ariel Kaminer, The New York Times

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Over the protests of hundreds of angry and chanting students, a panel of the University of California Board of Regents gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a plan to raise tuition 27.6 percent over five years, turning aside a last-ditch effort by Gov. Jerry Brown to block it.
By Richard Perez-Pena

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Pennsylvania lawmakers will spend $1.2 million this year to establish a community college for the state's northwest corner even as critics question the need for a new state-sponsored school amid budget cuts.
By Andrew Conte, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, November 22, 2014
When six California University of Pennsylvania football players allegedly assaulted a man off campus last month, the school’s police department worked in tandem with the borough’s investigators to piece together the details of the beating and arrest the suspects.
By Mike Jones, The (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter

Saturday, November 22, 2014
When Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Ryan Brannon saw his friends and classmates slip from experimental drug use to drug abuse and addiction, he recognized a need for a drug addiction recovery resource targeted toward people of his own generation. Noting that young people troubled by addiction are less likely to reach out to counselors or agencies for help or even admit to friends or family they have a problem, the Saltsburg High School graduate started designing a solution of his own.
By Greg Reinbold, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A recently released College Board report paints a distorted picture of college costs in Pennsylvania (“Cost of Public Colleges in State Continues to Soar, Report Finds,” Nov. 13). By lumping together all publicly supported universities to calculate the state’s “average,” it fails to recognize the differences between the 14 state-owned universities within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the four state-related universities — Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln.
By Frank T. Brogan, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, November 17, 2014
There are hopeful signs in the College Board’s annual study of tuition trends, but prices for Pennsylvania students remain far higher than national averages.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (editorial)

Monday, November 17, 2014
East Stroudsburg University President Marcia G. Welsh announced today that the history and geography departments will merge at the start of the spring semester in January in an effort to improve program and cost efficiencies.
The Pocono Record

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Small squirrel-size creatures that lived in the treetops of northern China with dinosaurs roaming below left a legacy in their fossils that may challenge textbooks on the origins of the world’s first mammals. Indiana University of Pennsylvania paleontologist Shundong Bi says the discovery of six complete well-preserved skeletons identified as three new species of haramiyids pushes further back in time the first appearance of mammals -- into the late Triassic period, or about 208 million years ago.
By Jill Daly, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, November 17, 2014
In a country with plenty of private, liberal arts and state universities and colleges, Shippensburg University was looking to stay competitive. In 2010, the development plans to replace the on-campus dormitories started coming to fruition. Last week, university officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of the second phase of the project, which included the construction of three new dormitories that opened in August for incoming and returning students.
By Naomi Creason, The (Carlisle) Sentinel

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Tuition and fees at the nation’s colleges are continuing to rise at a pace outstripping inflation, though not as sharply as in previous years, a report released today says. Total student borrowing, meanwhile, continues to decline. But even as the College Board highlighted those somewhat reassuring trends, its annual pricing and financial aid surveys made it clear that families are struggling with the effects of successive price hikes imposed during the recent recession that saw state appropriations to campuses slashed and endowments strained.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Pennsylvania college graduates continued to bear some of the highest average student debt levels in the nation last year. A new report by the Project on Student Debt found that 71 percent of 2013 Pennsylvania college graduates carried debt averaging $32,528. That is about $4,000 more than the nationwide average of $28,400.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Friday, November 14, 2014
Before Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents for college tuition money, before they stopped talking, before her father accused his parents - Caitlyn's grandparents - of "tearing my family apart," the Ricci family was just trying to hold things together.
By Michael Boren, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Early this year, a California University of Pennsylvania football player decided it was a private matter that he was in a New Year’s Day crash that left a bicyclist in a coma and himself facing a felony charge. Police say he was driving at a high rate of speed after drinking and that he left the scene. So for 10 months that included most of this fall’s football season, Corey Ford told neither teammates nor the university about the Washington, D.C., crash, according to his attorney. Under current practice at Cal U, his decision to say nothing was acceptable. Whether that should change is a matter that may confront a task force and an external reviewer as they examine a football program that, even as it racked up wins on the field, has amassed a growing number of off-field troubles since 2012.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, November 16, 2014
As Republicans continue to savor their mid-term election victories, political analysts and local party leaders on both sides continue to discuss whether the win was tied to the sluggish economy, immigration, or health care, or just following the historic pattern of elections.
By Patty Yauger, The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard

Monday, November 17, 2014
At 24, Vinay Palakkode, a native of Kerla, India, is living out his parents' dreams as a graduate student studying engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
Students like Palakkode put CMU on the list of the 25 U.S. universities with the largest number of international students. Although CMU ranks 25th — it has 5,501 international students in a student body of 13,258 — international enrollment accounts for 41 percent of its students. By that measure, the school Andrew Carnegie founded to train the children of mill workers may be among the most international in the nation.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Lincoln University's board of trustees decided Saturday to conduct an internal review of the school's president, Robert Jennings, who has been under fire for comments about women and sexual assaults while also being at the helm during drops in enrollment and financial ratings.
By Julia Terruso, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Thursday, November 13, 2014
A state audit of Lincoln University has been moved up because of comments the college's president made about what he considered false allegations of sexual assault on the Chester County campus.
By Kristen E. Holmes, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Six college applications once seemed like a lot. Submitting eight was a mark of great ambition. For a growing number of increasingly anxious high school seniors, figures like that now sound like just a starting point.
By Ariel Kaminer, The New York Times