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Sen. McCaskill sends out ‘unprecedented’ survey about campus rape to colleges
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
As the next step in looking at what to do about the problem of sexual assault on campus, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is sending out an extensive survey to 350 college and university presidents across the country.
Source:   By Diana Reese, The Washington Post

Mansfield University students participate in community service day
Monday, April 14, 2014
Mansfield University students, along with staff and faculty, took part in a day-long community service project on Saturday. More than 300 students signed up to help clean parks, churches and along highways in the Mansfield area as part of “The Big Event.”
Source:   The (Elmira, N.Y.) Star-Gazette

WCU honors group raises money for hunger in Africa
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Honors Student Association at West Chester University announced that it had raised more than $11,000 during its ninth annual Aid to South Africa event.
Source:   By Kendal Gapinski, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

IUP students study by day, man fire station at night
Sunday, April 13, 2014
When a call comes in to the Indiana Fire Association's White Township substation after midnight, four firefighters spring from their second-floor beds, slide down a pole into the truck bay, grab their gear and head out. Students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, they are part of a bunk-in program that provides firefighters experience and a free place to live.
Source:   By Mary Pickels, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Guest Voice of Jane Earll: Why I support 'The Community's College' in Erie
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I wholeheartedly applaud "the Community's College" and the Porreco Promise initiative recently unveiled by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The plan for the new Porreco College is a pipeline to affordable, accessible educational and training opportunities currently lacking in this region. It is a very important initiative and deserves our support.
Source:   By Jan Earll, in The Erie Times-News

Millersville University gets approval for flexible pricing plans
Monday, April 14, 2014
The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has approved new, flexible pricing plans at Millersville University.
Source:   By Paula Wolf, Lancaster Online

Few Erie-area college students pay full price
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The first price you see is not the price you pay when it comes to higher education in the Erie area. Families in northwestern Pennsylvania are just starting to navigate the daunting process of figuring out how to pay for college as the end of the school year inches closer, and a recent analysis of federal data shows how determining the price of higher education is more complicated than just looking up prices online.
Source:   By Sean McCracken, The Erie Times-News

Panel to explore how to temper rowdy celebrations
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Indiana Borough residents eventually will get a chance to give a new borough council committee their ideas for keeping a lid on celebrations of rowdy young people like last month’s “IUPatty’s Day.” But Indiana Borough Police Chief William Sutton said not all the strategies developed by the committee — like operational plans for police officers during the celebrations — will be divulged.
Source:   By Randy Wells, The Indiana Gazette

College students find their 'path'
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ashley Mayo was a woman on a mission when she enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh four years ago. Today, the Washington native says she is nearing “mission accomplished,” thanks in part to MyPath101, a new app designed to help students choose a major in line with their goals and talents, select the right classes, graduate in four years, establish an online identity, and begin a career.
Source:   By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

SAT exam undergoes an intense makeover
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
To use a sample word offered by the College Board, interest in the redesigned SAT college entrance exam -- coming in spring 2016 -- is likely to be intense.
Source:   By Eleanor Chute, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania State System allows Clarion to drop flat rate for tuition
Thursday, April 10, 2014
For now, it's just one campus. But if Clarion University succeeds in a pricing experiment that it hopes to begin in fall 2015, other state-owned universities across Pennsylvania may ask themselves -- as Clarion did -- whether it's time to drop a pricing standard as old as the State System of Higher Education itself: the flat tuition rate for full-time undergraduates.
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shippensburg University may be among first to test out new presidential selection process
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Shippensburg University may be among the first Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities to put to the test a new presidential search process.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Millersville University to add extra fee for students majoring in STEM fields
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Millersville University students enrolled in its most popular majors will be hit with an extra $100-a-semester fee, starting in the fall. It will be charged to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The fee is needed to help cover the high cost of purchasing and updating equipment and services used in these programs, said Millersville's President John Anderson.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

State System Chancellor Frank Brogan lays out his vision for the state universities
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Six months on the job, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan has developed a clear vision of where he wants to lead the 14-university system. Allowing universities to break away from the system, legislation that two state senators have put on the table,  has no place in that plan.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Chancellor delivers 'State of the System' on Pa. universities
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Faster approval of new academic programs, a greater voice in vetting prospective campus presidents, and added tuition price flexibility are what member universities can expect from the State System of Higher Education, Chancellor Frank Brogan said today.
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steps to avoid letting universities exit state system
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The chancellor of Pennsylvania's higher education system on Wednesday promised more autonomy for its 14 universities, giving two state senators hope that their proposed legislation to break up the system won't be necessary.
Source:   By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Two students named to State System of Higher Education board of governors
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Two students have been named to the board of governors of the State System of Higher Education.
 
Source:   The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kutztown University opens veterans center
Friday, April 04, 2014
Acknowledging that the growing presence of former military members on campus, Kutztown University officially opened a veterans center Thursday at a program in the McFarland Student Union Building. F. Javier Cevallos, Kutztown's president, heralded the center as an important step in helping veterans make the transition from military to academic life.
Source:   By Ron Devlin, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Sponsor admits State System bill's odds dim
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
A controversial bill that would enable larger and financially healthy state-owned universities to secede from the State System of Higher Education may not have the votes to pass the Legislature — at least not this year, its prime sponsor now concedes.
 
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Change is a great teacher, but nobody wants to take its class
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Affordable quality higher education is a vital issue that is especially deserving of thoughtful discussion. When I and a bipartisan group of senators stated our support of Senate Bill 1275 (allowing West Chester University to go from state-owned to state-related), we did so in the hope of starting such a dialogue. I am delighted that the discussion has begun, but dismayed that a few on both sides have used caustic hyperbole to state their views. This is too important a matter for such types of commentary.
Source:   By Sen. Andrew Dinniman, in The (West Chester) Daily Local News (Guest column))

PASSHE fighting child sexual victimization on college campuses
Monday, March 31, 2014
Stop It Now! and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have teamed up to develop a first-of-its-kind program that will train "Prevention Squads" to help prevent child sexual victimization on college campuses.
Source:   The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

State universities take their classes to Phila.
Monday, March 31, 2014
When it's time for class, Gloria Maloney's commute could barely be more convenient. The city behavioral health worker rides the elevator to the basement of the former Strawbridge & Clothier flagship, then walks next door to the old Lit Bros. department store, where she's studying for her master's in social work. On the third floor of that building at 701 Market St., now the Mellon Independence Center, she attends one of Philadelphia's newest higher-ed venues: a state university smorgasbord of sorts.
Source:   By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Millersville to offer graduate programs in Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Millersville University will start offering a master’s degree program in sport management this fall in Philadelphia, with two other programs to follow in 2015.
Source:   By Paula Wolf, Lancaster Online

Edinboro officials hope to recreate community college at Porreco campus
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Years of political deadlock weren't enough to win a community college in Erie County, but Edinboro University of Pennsylvania officials are looking to create something extremely close.
Source:   By Sean McCracken, The Erie TImes-News

Edinboro officials unveil community college alternative
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Erie's community leaders seem to be buying into Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's planned community college alternative, but at least one of the biggest community college proponents is hoping for more.
Source:   By Sean McCracken, The Erie Times-News

Our View: 'Community's college' resonates in Erie
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Community's College. That is how Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's new Porreco College is being described. Edinboro smartly added an apostrophe "s" to "community college" to coin this phrase, which is both snappy and intelligent.
Source:   The Erie Times-News (editorial)

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, a new low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad at its elite rivals.
Source:   By Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times

Cal U professor's project to plot 'cradles' of sports standouts
Sunday, April 06, 2014
ith the long-standing notion of Western Pennsylvania as a “cradle” for football quarterbacks, a local professor wants to know if there's a similar geographic incubator for baseball pitchers or outfielders. As a newly appointed executive board member of the Society of North American Historians and Researchers, California University of Pennsylvania professor Tom Mueller will investigate to see if a trend emerges.
Source:   By Rossilynne Skena Clugan, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Fiscal plight mutes Slippery Rock University's anniversary
Saturday, March 22, 2014
A small group of men in a tiny Butler County community stood at a crossroads in 1888 and discussed plans to sell shares to build a local academy. On March 26, 1889, they celebrated the grand opening of Slippery Rock State Normal School, enrollment 168.
Source:   By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

West Chester University's town-gown effort to tackle drinking lauded at LCB conference
Friday, April 11, 2014
Some students' plans for a drinking festival celebrating the end of the semester at West Chester University never really materialized because of a “full-court press” by the university and borough, officials said.
Source:   By Kari Andren, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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