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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
West Chester University’s School of Business has earned reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, or AACSB, a quality standard in business education recognized around the world.
The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Bloomsburg University senior and Newtown Township resident Alexandra Miller has been named a Fulbright Scholar. The award will pay her travel and housing expenses and also a stipend for Miller to spend during several months of studying and teaching in Argentina, from March until late November 2018.
By Chris English, Bucks County Courier Times

Friday, April 21, 2017
Sayre native Sarah Y. Polinski, a recent graduate of Mansfield University, is the 2017 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
By Jeff Murray, The (Elmira, N.Y.) Star-Gazette

Monday, April 24, 2017
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Mansfield University held The Big Event in partnership with Mansfield University’s Student Government Association and Community Service Club. The Big Event is a day-long service project where students, faculty, and staff volunteer their time to give back to the surrounding communities.
By Heather Weiner, Mansfield Home

Sunday, April 23, 2017
In the end, dental hygiene won the night. But not before more than a dozen aspiring entrepreneurs got the chance to publicly present their ideas – ones they hope will become the next big thing – at the Fifth Annual WCU Business Idea Pitch hosted last week by the Dr. Edward Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center.
By Brian McCullough, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Race and identity in many ways define who we think we are, while modern genetics can challenge those notions. To delve into these issues, I am involved with a communications studies project at West Chester University in Pennsylvania that explores narratives at the intersection of race and identity.
By Anita Foeman, in The New York Times

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Chris Heivly visited his alma mater Wednesday to encourage West Chester University and county business leaders to make the area a hub for startup companies.
By Brian McCullough, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Friday, April 21, 2017
Amid high pomp and circumstance, a very familiar face became the 15th president of West Chester University at inauguration ceremonies Friday. Dr. Christopher Fiorentino’s local roots run deep.
By Bill Rettew, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Among the 14 schools in the state university system, West Chester is an anomaly, and its new president, Chris Fiorentino, is confronting an unusual problem. “There isn't really anywhere else for us to grow in terms of the campus,” said Fiorentino, who, after 33 years at West Chester, will be inaugurated formally as its 15th president on Friday. “We don't have any more room for residence halls. We’re putting the brakes on our ability to continue to grow at this point.”
By John Ryan Barwick, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Friday, April 21, 2017
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) met with students from Lock Haven University recently as the students visited the State Capitol to advocate for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) System.
The (Lock Haven) Express

Thursday, April 20, 2017
“It's not political.” The words reverberated through some 50 students and faculty members at California University of Pennsylvania's March for Science event on Thursday. The event was held in conjunction with events planned in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the nation on Earth Day, which is Saturday.
By Dillon Carr, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined with lawmakers, college leaders and anti-sexual assault advocates on Tuesday to unveil a proposal to stem the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. A key measure is a bill that would require colleges to give amnesty from punishment for unrelated misconduct if students report suspected sexual assaults.
By John Finnerty, CNHI

Monday, April 24, 2017
Calling the 14 state-owned universities “Pennsylvania's Great Working Class Colleges,” a new report by the Keystone Research Center said an analysis of newly available statistics shows the schools have been a vital stepping stone to the middle class for tens of thousands of students from lower- and lower middle-income families.
By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
After gaining recognition for repeatedly pulling off mergers between its colleges and universities in recent years, the University System of Georgia is turning its scrutiny toward the administrative setup at its campuses and system office. System Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced a new comprehensive administrative review process Tuesday that will have the 28-institution, 321,551-student system searching for efficiencies and improved processes. The move marks a major initiative for a new chancellor who took over in January for the retiring Hank Huckaby, who drew widespread attention for consolidating 14 of Georgia’s colleges and universities into seven since 2011.

By Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
It's a typical spring day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol with the legislature in session, state budget deadline looming and advocacy groups out in full force, April 18, 2017, in Harrisburg.

The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
When 22-year-old Rutgers University student Darsh Patel was mauled to death by a bear while hiking, Nicole Chinnici was the one to perform the necropsy on the bear in question and unequivocally link it to Patel’s death based on the bear’s stomach and oral contents. This is the type of forensic analysis Chinnici performs in her laboratory—the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania)—under the tutelage of Distinguished Professor of Biology Dr. Jane Huffman. Wildlife forensics applies scientifically analyzed evidence to public discourses on legal issues involving wild animals. Huffman founded the wildlife DNA laboratory at ESU decades ago. She remembers when it was still in a tiny house on campus with lab equipment housed in a bedroom, the basement and even a closet. The thriving laboratory moved into ESU’s $12 million, 51,000-square-foot Innovation Center in 2012.
By Michelle Taylor, Forensics Magazine

Monday, April 17, 2017
Stability and hope are core tenets of the Anchor Program at Bloomsburg University, which hopes to help Valley foster children build independent living skills and introduce them to higher education. The Anchor Program will serve 40 teens ages 15 to 18 from Columbia, Luzerne, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.
By Eric Scicchitano, The (Sunbury) Daily Item

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Is the next Steve Jobs ready to be revealed? On Wednesday, the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University and the Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic hope to find out.

By Brian McCullough, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Friday, April 14, 2017
Twenty West Chester University students spread out across campus to collect donated food as part of the school’s celebration of Dr. Christopher M. Fiorentino’s upcoming inauguration as the school’s 15th president on April 21 at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. The three-week food drive is part of the university’s new Resource Pantry, which will donate items to the Chester County Food Bank and West Chester University students in need.
By Pete Bannan, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

Saturday, April 15, 2017

As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System — a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 universities and the Office of the Chancellor. What does that mean to an individual university such as Millersville, which is facing the same challenges that many other institutions within the State System and across the nation are facing?
By Cynthia Shapira and Frank T. Brogan, in Lancaster Newspapers

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In an op-ed published last week in LNP and on LancasterOnline, the chair of the board of governors and the chancellor for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education wrote that the system was undergoing a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of its 14 universities, as well as of the Office of the Chancellor. Those universities are Millersville, West Chester, Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Indiana, California, Mansfield, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Kutztown, Slippery Rock, Shippensburg, Lock Haven and Clarion. “The status quo is unsustainable,” wrote Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and board chair Cynthia D. Shapira. We hope the long-overdue strategic review paints a crystal-clear picture of what the state system needs to do to remedy its problems.
Lancaster Newspapers (editorial)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The state Senate on Tuesday ordered up a parallel study of how Pennsylvania's system of 14 public universities is organized and operates to one that the system is undertaking on its own. Faced with enrollment declines and financial challenges, lawmakers and officials from the State System of Higher Education worry about the sustainability of the system and its universities going forward.
By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Saturday, April 15, 2017
As if recruiters at Edinboro University needed another challenge as they work to fill seats. Head roughly 25 miles north from campus, and you'll hit Lake Erie, fine for recreation but a dead zone for finding student prospects in a region with a shrinking college-age population. Travel about the same distance west and you're in Ohio, where Youngstown State University entices Pennsylvanians across state lines with prices roughly equal to, if not below, what they would pay to enroll in a state-owned school in their home state. Now another neighbor, New York, has gone beyond that, uttering two words -- free tuition -- that could hardly be less popular with Pennsylvania recruiters trying to attract out-of-state students of their own.
By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, April 16, 2017
The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities recently admitted that the system is in crisis. The diagnosis? A threatening combination of enrollment losses, state appropriations at the same dollar amount as they were nearly 20 years ago and collective bargaining agreements that bring annual cost increases despite stagnant or declining revenues at nearly every university. This should be unacceptable for all Pennsylvanians and the thousands of non-residents who are paying to attend these schools. But the onus shouldn’t fall on the individual universities — it should be owned (and corrected) by the state.
By Scott Irlbacher (in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Saturday, April 15, 2017
For students preparing for higher education, there’s nothing more stressful than figuring out how to pay that tuition bill. In addition to loans and grants, seeking scholarships can be a competitive and time-consuming process. There are thousands of scholarships available for students from all walks of life pursuing every field of study. Scholarships can be funded by corporations, nonprofits and private donors seeking to help their communities through educational assistance. But beware.
By Sarah Hite Hando, The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Attractive as it is for students and parents, “free” in-state tuition won't solve higher education's ever-higher costs at New York's public universities and community colleges — or at Pennsylvania's cash-strapped state-owned universities.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (editorial)

Monday, April 10, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the tuition-free plan in January. Lawmakers agreed to include it in the state budget, which was approved by the Assembly on Saturday and by the Senate late Sunday night. The governor is expected to sign the budget bills. Tuition will be free for residents who earn up to a specific income cap, which will be phased in over the first three years.
By Katie Lobosco, CNN Money

Monday, April 10, 2017
April is decision month for high-school seniors who still haven’t made up their minds about where they’re attending college next fall. With students applying to more schools than ever before—more than one-third now apply to at least seven schools—many seniors are likely weighing multiple offers as well as competing financial-aid packages.
By Jeffrey Selingo, in The Atlantic