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Saturday, July 12, 2014
As the fall semester began at Towson University last year, Erin Garnes settled into one of the dormitories and signed up for clubs and other school activities. But one thing separated her from Towson students: All of her classes were taught by community college professors. Under a program at Towson, if she did well, she would be admitted to the university in the spring.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Even as Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Friday to raise tuition by nearly 3 percent on its main campus, new president Eric Barron announced plans to focus on reining in soaring student debt.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Students enrolled at Shippensburg University and the 13 other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will pay $198 more in annual tuition in 2014-15, or $99 more each semester. The PASSHE Board of Governors approved the new cost of tuition on Wednesday.
The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Monday, July 14, 2014
Pennsylvania's state-related and state-owned universities appear on track to hold tuition increases to about 3 percent for the third year in a row. Trustees at Penn State and the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities adopted tuition increases for the 2014-15 year in that range. University of Pittsburgh and Temple University trustees are expected to adopt similar increases when they meet this week.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday, July 14, 2014
As the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency prepares to release its report on a rowdy pre-St. Patrick's Day party four months ago in Indiana Borough that resulted in several criminal charges and numerous citations, area officials are trying to avoid a repeat. Indiana University of Pennsylvania and local and county leaders formed a group last month focused on thwarting disruptive gatherings, or responding to them if they erupt, according to group President James B. Struzzi III of the Indiana County Chamber.
By Paul Peirce, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, July 12, 2014
One in four college freshmen nationwide takes at least one noncredit remedial class, a study by the U.S. Department of Education found. The finding, based on 2012 statistics — coupled with a study this spring of the National Assessment of Educational Progress that found nearly four in 10 high school seniors lack reading and math skills for entry-level college work — is prompting some educators to review what they do.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sunday, July 20, 2014
He called it consensual. She called it rape. Their college, Swarthmore, acted decisively. He was expelled. Those spare facts make up the little that the parties can agree upon in a lawsuit working its way through federal court in Philadelphia.
By Jeremyh Roebuck and Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday, July 18, 2014
University of Pittsburgh students this fall will see a 3.9 percent tuition increase on the main campus and a 2 percent price hike on the school‘‍s four regional campuses.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friday, July 18, 2014
California University of Pennsylvania’s Government Agency Coordination Office said Friday it achieved a significant goal by helping area businesses obtain more than $3.1 billion in government contracts.
The (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014
The University of Connecticut will pay $1.28 million to settle a lawsuit filed by five students who charged that the university had treated their claims of sexual assault and harassment with indifference, the two sides announced on Friday in a joint statement.
By Tatiana Schlossberg, The New York Times

Friday, July 18, 2014
A Post-Gazette town meeting last week focused on Pittsburgh’s “New Renaissance.” Our regional progress has attracted national and international recognition. In fact, just days before I had returned from Asia where I was invited to speak about the role of “eds and meds” in the inspiring re-birth of our economy. When the PG town meeting discussion shifted from reasons for celebration to causes for concern, my co-panelists shared assessments that might seem surprising. Jared Cohon, the president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, bluntly stated that the single biggest threat to Pittsburgh’s ongoing progress was the state’s significant retreat from its commitment to adequately fund public higher education. Esther Barazzone, the president of Chatham University, agreed. Jim Rohr, PNC’s recently retired CEO, reminded the audience that a key to our success in attracting and retaining 21st-century businesses was an abundance of today’s most important natural resource — the ideas and well-educated students produced by the region’s universities.
By Mark Nordenberg, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, July 17, 2014
One of the reasons so few women work in tech is that few choose to study computer science or engineering. Only 18 percent of computer science graduates in the United States are women, down from 37 percent in 1985. At a few top college programs, though, that appears to be changing.
By Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Soaring costs for Pennsylvania's public employee pensions are draining money from school district taxpayers, college students and Pennsylvania Turnpike motorists. The cost to taxpayers of funding pensions for government and school employees is raising the price tag of everything from social services to prisons, but the squeeze is most apparent at agencies that rely on tuition, property taxes and tolls to help underwrite the increases. The state's $1.6 billion in contributions to its two pension funds last year will grow to $2.2 billion this year as officials attempt to fill a $50 billion hole in the funds stemming from years of market losses and legislative underfunding.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
South Jersey, with its relative dearth of four-year colleges, appears to have adopted a new venue for delivering bachelor's degrees to residents: community colleges. Following a national trend, professors from universities including Rowan and Rutgers-Camden are increasingly traveling to teach on the county campuses, offering bachelor's programs as part of new partnerships with the two-year schools.
By Jonathan Lai, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Slippery Rock University is one step closer to potentially forming a partnership with a university in China that would expand educational opportunities for staff and students.
By Monica Pryts, The (Sharon) Herald