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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Amy Kinneer has done the math, she said. And it’s troubling. To graduate in four years, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania sophomore said she must take 16 credits or more each semester to meet the dual certification requirements for her studies in early-childhood and special education. That course load, 32 credits over two semesters, used to qualify her for a flat, full-time undergraduate tuition rate of $6,820 a year. But last week, facing projected budget deficits, IUP eliminated flat tuition and this fall will start charging in-state undergraduates about $264 per credit, meaning Ms. Kinneer’s “sticker price” for the same course load stands to jump by $1,628 a year to $8,448, a 24 percent increase.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
On a cold, snowy Tuesday morning at California University of Pennsylvania, 21 students dropped to the ground and each did 22 pushups.
For several students, the scene was in sharp contrast to the desert heat they endured while serving in Iraq. Others in the group were supporters. All were conducting a daily demonstration – begun Jan. 22 and set to conclude Feb. 20 – to raise awareness about suicide by returning U.S. military veterans.
By Chris Buckley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Millersville University’s request to offer its first doctoral degree was approved. Classes, for the first offering of a doctor of educational leadership (Ed.D.), are slated to begin in summer 2015.
The Delaware County Daily Times

Thursday, January 22, 2015
After two trial runs in the job, George "Jody" Harpster can finally kick the word "interim" out of his job title as Shippensburg University's president, starting Monday. The State System of Higher Education's governing board on Thursday voted 13-0 to choose Harpster over the other finalist, Western Illinois University's Provost Kenneth Hawkinson, to lead the 7,355-student public university in western Cumberland County for at least the next three years.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Thursday's selection of Shippensburg University's interim President George "Jody" Harpster as the school's next president drew a favorable response from the campus' faculty.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Slippery Rock University could begin training physician assistants to work with special needs populations in rural communities as early as summer of 2016 under a new program approved Thursday.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania will replace its flat tuition rate for state residents with a new per-credit charge that will boost the sticker price for many students this fall.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Friday, January 23, 2015
Bloomsburg University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania are going to be the latest state universities to test the idea of scrapping their flat full-time undergraduate tuition rate and move to a system that charges students on a per-credit basis, starting in the fall.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, January 22, 2015
The State System of Higher Education’s board of governors today approved a proposal by Indiana University of Pennsylvania to eliminate the school’s flat, full-time undergraduate tuition rate for in-state students and instead charge per credit.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Governor Tom Wolf began his second day as Pennsylvania governor with a stroll through the state Capitol. The Democrat greeted employees and visitors today and was joined by several members of his inner circle, including Chief of Staff Katie McGinty and Legislative Affairs Secretary Mary Isenhour. In the Rotunda, Wolf talked with a group of 13 young women from state universities in the State System of Higher Education who were selected to be interns at state agencies for the next 15 weeks.
The Associated Press

Thursday, January 22, 2015
A widening experiment in flexible pricing across Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities could face a public opinion test after the second-largest of the schools won approval Thursday to potentially boost tuition for some students by double digits.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board of governors Thursday selected George F. “Jody” Harpster as the next president of Shippensburg University.
The (Carlisle) Sentinel

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Millersville University police have quite the quandary: The officers have no authority over what is arguably their own turf.
By Brett Hambright, Lancaster Online

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Leaders in labor and legal circles across Pennsylvania say they lost a friend when California University of Pennsylvania professor Burrell A. Brown, a labor lawyer and former longtime counsel to the Pennsylvania NAACP, was found dead in his university office Sunday night.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Shippensburg University’s online master’s degree program in business administration has named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 distance-education MBA programs.
The (Carlisle) Sentinel

Monday, January 19, 2015
Tim Connolly, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at East Stroudsburg University, refuses to become ‘that professor who students think has been teaching for far too long.’ For the sake of keeping things fresh in the classroom, he took a trip to China, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Faculty Professional Development Council. Connolly was fortunate to be one of 51 selected to receive a grant from the more than 130 faculty members across the State System who applied.
The Pocono Record

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Discipline problems plagued the California University of Pennsylvania football team well before an October street brawl that left one man with a serious brain injury and six players behind bars, according to emails from the school's president obtained by the Tribune-Review.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thursday, January 15, 2015
As a result of decreases in federal funding, scholarship and loan programs to historically Black colleges and universities, institutions, like Cheyney University and Lincoln University in Chester County, are facing a particularly steep drop in students. How can we help both financially-struggling school districts and student-starved universities? Two words: dual enrollment.
By Andrew Dinniman and Valerie I. Harrison, in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Monday, January 19, 2015
In one of his final actions before taking office today, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf announced the superintendent of the Lancaster schools as his nominee to lead the Department of Education. Pedro Rivera, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster since 2008, was honored at the White House in September as one of 10 Hispanic leaders in education.
By Karen Langley, The Pitsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tom Wolf was sworn into office Tuesday as the 47th governor of Pennsylvania, telling a crowd of dignitaries and citizens at the state Capitol that he will devote his administration to the goals of jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works.
By Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
For the first time in a long while, voters in Pennsylvania have cited education as their top concern. New Gov. Tom Wolf has promised he will make education a main priority—and it’s clear that he’s looking to Lancaster County to help drive changes in the state’s education policy.
By Karen Shuey, Lancaster Online

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police.
By Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

Monday, January 19, 2015
Walking past some fraternity parties on the George Washington University campus Saturday night, Sivan Sherriffe wondered about a longstanding tradition at her school and colleges nationwide. “I’ve always thought, ‘Why aren’t there sorority house parties? There are only frat parties,’ ” she said to a friend, Dania Roach, a fellow senior. Ms. Roach replied: “I would definitely feel safer at a sorority party. It’s the home-court advantage.”
By Alan Schwarz, The Washington Post

Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Fact Checker recently explored the suspect math behind the often-cited statistic that one in five college women are sexually assaulted. A reader wrote asking for an inquiry into another statistic that often alarms the parents of college students – that 1,800 college students die every year from “alcohol-related causes.”
By Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post