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Friday, May 22, 2015
The state's new background check law that adds another layer of child protection is packing a punch to budgets of libraries, the Boy Scouts, universities, some schools and other community organizations.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Forty-eight million people become sick from foodborne pathogens every year. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized. The government spends $77.7 billions per year battling foodborne illness and outbreaks. It's a big -- and costly -- problem, and one Joseph "J.T." Mannozzi has dedicated his future to solving.
By Erica Erwin, The Erie Times-News

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania programs are receiving national recognition.
The Erie TImes-News

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County will pay Indiana University of Pennsylvania $80,000 this year to test and analyze water samples at and around its Beaver Run Reservoir. It will be the fourth year the school's chemistry and science department has worked to review water quality issues near the 11-billion-gallon reservoir and surrounding property.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A drive through Southpointe in Cecil Township gives credence to the claim that industry is alive and well in Western Pennsylvania. But while some businesses may be booming, educators at California University of Pennsylvania hope to usher in a new generation of entrepreneurs to the area.
By Natalie Reid Mille, The (Washington, Pa.) Observer-Reporter

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Thomas C. LaDuke, a professor of biology at East Stroudsburg University, will spend the next three years studying Pennsylvania’s timber rattlesnake population. It is the biggest project of his 24-year career at ESU because of its statewide scope.
By Jarrad Saffren, The Pocono Record

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Back in 2012, Mansfield University began offering the Associate of Applied Science in Natural Gas Production and Services and the Bachelor of Science in Safety Management. Today, they continue to be offered, and enrollment is growing.
By Eric Hrin, The (Towanda) Daily Review

Friday, May 01, 2015
Hundreds of years ago, college leaders were faculty members who regularly taught undergraduates alongside their administrative duties. Even a century ago, someone might go from full-time professor to president, with teaching experience fresh in mind, and then return to the faculty.
By Julie Wollman (in Inside Higher Ed)

Monday, May 18, 2015
A Slippery Rock University nursing professor is asking the state Labor Relations Board to shut down a rebate program offered by her faculty union, alleging it's a “political fundraising scheme veiled as a rebate.”
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
An associate professor at Slippery Rock University says that her faculty union has been overcollecting union dues and spending some of the money on politicking, a violation of state labor law.
By Bill Toland, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Members of Pennsylvania state government's largest public employees union have ratified a one-year contract covering them through the 2015-16 budget year. The deal contains no base pay increase, but does grant most state employees moving through the seniority scale a 2.25 percent step increase effective Jan. 1, 2016.
By Charles Thompson, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 27 percent increase in tuition at the 14 state universities in Pennsylvania over the last six years may seem like a lot - and it is. State Auditor General Eugene D. DePasquale recently urged the system to do a better job controlling tuition costs in an audit he released. But the Keystone state is hardly alone.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday, May 15, 2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans “stressful or harmful.”
By The Associated Press

Friday, May 15, 2015
Listen to mom when she tells you to major in science or math. A new report from Georgetown University shows that college graduates who majored in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) go on to be the top earners in the workforce, at times exceeding the earnings of people with graduate degrees in other fields.
By Ivey DeJesus, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Monday, May 18, 2015
Over the last decade, state governments and universities have been chipping away at a pillar of American opportunity: in-state tuition.
By Kevin Carey, The New York Times

Thursday, May 14, 2015
A whistleblower suit has been filed against West Chester University of Pennsylvania, with allegations of misleading financial records.
By Eleanor Chute, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, May 14, 2015
West Chester University's former chief budgeting officer contends that the school falsely reported deficits or near break-even budgets for three years to get more state funding, then "squirreled away" millions of dollars in unreported funds to use if it succeeded in withdrawing from the State System of Higher Education.
By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, May 11, 2015
California University of Pennsylvania conducted its 180th undergraduate student commencement 10 a.m. Saturday in the convocation center.

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Indiana University of Pennsylvania held commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The ceremonies combined undergraduate and graduate students. The commencement ceremonies recognized 1,636 bachelor’s degree recipients, 814 who graduated with honors and 51 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, as well as 307 master’s degree, 51 doctoral degree and four associate degree recipients.
By Teri Encisco, The Indiana Gazette

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mansfield University handed degrees to 383 students at its 150th commencement ceremony Saturday. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jim Reese, a 1989 Mansfield graduate, was the guest speaker for the event.
By Jeff Murray, The (Elmira, N.Y.) Star-Gazette

Saturday, May 09, 2015
First classes, new friends, changing majors and getting a first job offer were among the experiences Shippensburg University Senior Class President Abigail M. Brumback shared with her classmates during a Saturday undergraduate commencement ceremony.
By Becky Metrick, The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion

Monday, May 11, 2015
West Chester University used two beautiful spring days this weekend to graduate its 142nd class.
By Pete Bannan, (West Chester) Daily Local News

Friday, May 08, 2015
Fourteen. That’s how many times East Stroudsburg University graduate student Sarah Khan rewrote the essays that accompanied her winning application for a prestigious Fulbright fellowship. Khan’s perseverance paid off, making her the first ESU student to be chosen for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student program, which will enable her to spend nine months teaching at a university in Turkey.
The Pocono Record

Monday, May 11, 2015
East Stroudsburg University President Marcia Welsh, and Northampton Community College President Mark Erickson have announced a new partnership between the two institutions that will enable students to complete bachelor degree programs in two popular majors at NCC’s Bethlehem campus.
The Pocono Record

Monday, May 11, 2015
Millersville University is reorganizing. Starting July 1, its academic divisions will be known as “colleges” rather than “schools.” Three departments will be shifted, moved to colleges that fit them better.
By Tim Stuhldreher, Lancaster Online

Thursday, May 07, 2015
Children in Washington, D.C., can attend preschool for free, no matter their parents’ income. But that early access to education does not always translate to academic success later, and a Shippensburg University professor is working to address the problem.
The (Carlisle) Sentinel

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
It’s four months until the start of the fall semester at San Jose State University and Matt Wallner has figured out how he’s paying for school. Wallner, 29, didn’t receive any scholarships or grants to transfer from Cabrillo College, a community college in Aptos, Calif., to the state university. All the university offered him were loans to cover the $7,500 in tuition and fees, but Wallner wants to avoid taking on debt to finish school. And it turns out he could.
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post