Philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest will give $750,000 to city campaigns to increase college graduation rates, Mayor Nutter announced Monday. Through the foundations of Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite, $200,000 in each of the next three years will go to a mayoral initiative that provides resources through a central website - www.phillygoes2college.com - to help students plan for and finance higher education and connect them with mentors to see them through.
Rushing a student to a psychiatric emergency room is never routine, but when Stony Brook University logged three trips in three days, it did not surprise Jenny Hwang, the director of counseling. It was deep into the fall semester, a time of mounting stress with finals looming and the holiday break not far off, an anxiety all its own.
Thousands of low-income college students may lose access to federal scholarship money because of a possible $5.7 billion shortfall in the Pell Grant program. Congress underestimated the amount of money necessary to fully fund all students eligible for the grants, and if lawmakers don’t make up the difference, 7.7 million college students could see their awards reduced by $845 each next year, said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org, a Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania-based web site about education lending.
More non-native college graduates are choosing to remain in the area after finishing school, a sign that the Greater Philadelphia region is on the rise as a college town, according to a new survey being released today by the nonprofit Campus Philly. The report, based on a 2010 survey of 4,600 students and alumni of local colleges and universities, found that 48 percent of non-native Philadelphians said that they were staying in the area after graduation.
After 36 years in the admissions profession, I’m frustrated that colleges are still doing a poor job of explaining the benefits of early-decision programs in their promotional activities, and that early decision is often portrayed in the news media as being bad for students without much research being done to prove or disprove this theory. Early decision isn’t for everyone, but if a student finds a college that’s a perfect fit, then getting a jump on the competition and available financial aid makes sense.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education weighs in a case involving Maryland’s inadequate funding of its historically black colleges and universities.
The unconventional English class, sponsored by the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania is featured.
Federal education officials have found Virginia Tech broke the law when it waited two hours to warn the campus that a gunman was on the loose, too late to save 30 students and faculty who went to class and were killed in the 2007 rampage.