pa-higher-education

COMMENTARY

Amid renewed push to expand Pell Grant eligibility, Pa. must remove barriers for students | Opinion

BY: - September 20, 2021

Launched in 2015, the Second Chance Pell experiment provides Pell Grants to incarcerated men and women for enrollment in postsecondary education programs provided in state and federal prisons. Through these learning opportunities, incarcerated adults can earn an associate of arts degree, industry-recognized certificates, or general coursework that will ultimately boost their opportunities for employment when they re-enter society.

COMMENTARY

With merger vote looming: Do we want universities that help us remember and reimagine Pa.? | Opinion

BY: - July 11, 2021

Place-based, regional public universities improve our shared understanding of our history and our contemporary opportunities.

COMMENTARY

The University of All of Them: PASSHE merger mania is on the fast track | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - June 25, 2021

Though it appears the fix is in, many questions about PASSHE system redesign still remain.

A risky wager? What supporters and opponents are saying about Wolf’s Nellie Bly scholarship proposal

BY: - April 11, 2021

The Wolf administration has touted the plan as a way to boost higher education funding for students in need, and to relieve some of the pressure the commonwealth is feeling from the ongoing “brain drain” crisis and declining enrollment at state-system schools.

COMMENTARY

The daunting task of reshaping PASSHE | Opinion

BY: - December 22, 2020

The 14-school system’s enrollment has plunged by 21 percent from its 2010 peak of 119,513 students. But while the student census has, on net, fallen precipitously, commensurate reductions in faculty, other staffing and standalone institutions that kept costs unacceptably high were not considered.