Neill Epperson of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about infanticide.
Penn Daily News Service | Apr 15, 2014
Penn in the News
J. Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School co-writes an op-ed about how high CEO compensation hurts American companies and stockholders.
Kevin Gillen of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his analysis of home sales in Philadelphia.
Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how cancer treatment can affect a patient’s heart health.
The “Titan Arm” developed by students of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured.
Penn’s Ivy League-leading increase in applications is highlighted.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Choosing a major is difficult for many students. But for athletes, especially those on scholarship who never planned to (as the National Collegiate Athletic Association says) “go pro in something other than sports,” the decision is often complicated by the hard truth that they’ll have to. And it’s not hard only for them. Presenting a study of athletes’ career goals and how they were formed, Kristina M. Navarro, an assistant professor of education at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, talked with attendees here at the annual American College Personnel Association conference about how parents can help or hurt their kids’ scholarly pursuits.
There is relatively broad consensus among policy makers and advocates in Washington that income-based repayment is, in most cases, a useful tool for helping borrowers manage their monthly student loan payments. But should the federal government automatically enroll borrowers in the program as they leave school? That’s a debate that is increasingly playing out among higher education researchers, advocates and policy makers as Congress moves toward reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Senator Tom Harkin, who chairs the Senate education committee, said at a hearing last month that he plans to explore the issue, after two witnesses -- a student aid administrator and an advocate for low-income students -- disagreed about the approach.
The U.S. Department of Education is planning to change how it evaluates the companies that manage the loan payments of the more than 26 million borrowers of federal direct student loans. Department officials are “in the final stages of developing revised performance metrics” for the companies and other entities that service federal loans on behalf of the government, Thomas P. Skelly, the department’s acting chief financial officer, wrote late last month in a letter to Congressional lawmakers. The letter outlines the department’s multiyear plan to create performance metrics and pricing models that are uniform across the department’s four main servicers and the secondary handful of servicers who each manage far fewer accounts. The department is also “re-examining” how it pays its servicers, Skelly wrote.
It’s the lull between Northeastern University’s afternoon and evening classes, and adjunct instructors drift in and out of a windowless room set aside for them in Ryder Hall. Lacking offices on campus, they come here to log on to shared computers or to grab books from shelved cardboard boxes that serve as their makeshift lockers. Having to share a small workspace is just one of the many frustrations they share. They commiserate about meager earnings, unpredictable teaching loads, and their belief that a bloated administration gobbles up too much of the tuition revenue they help bring in.
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