Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

Legislators, Treasurer outline plans to help students pay for higher education

The “Pennsylvania Promise Plan” is the idea that the commonwealth can cover free college tuition to resident Pennsylvania high school students.

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) introduced the plan in legislation last Monday. SB 1111, and its companion bill, House Bill 2444, comes after the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center released the layout of the plan back in January.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
Lawmakers push bills to buttress crumbling state historically black colleges and univerisites

Lawmakers push bills to buttress crumbling state historically black colleges and univerisites

State Senator Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny), and Representative Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) announced the introduction of the bills last week that affect Lincoln University and Cheyney University specifically. 

The proposed office would be responsible for helping Cheyney and Lincoln work with federal departments and agencies, educational associations, and philanthropic organizations. 

Friday, June 8, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Former Gates Foundation higher ed director named head of Pa. public university system

Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities have a new leader as they enter a turbulent period likely to include internal restructuring and a barrage of questions about their function and role in the commonwealth. 

At a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education board meeting Monday, Dr. Daniel Greenstein was named the new chancellor of the system.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Hughes' "Pennsylvania Promise" would offer free, reduced college tuition to state residents

Hughes' "Pennsylvania Promise" would offer free, reduced college tuition to state residents

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) plans to introduce a bill that would provide two to four years of tuition for students at community colleges and state-related universities in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

New report on state university system breaks little new ground but fires up debate

A report released Wednesday on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) confirmed a need for reform in the system, but stopped short of prescribing explicit best practices for legislators to enact. 

The report, from the RAND Corporation — a non-profit policy think tank — was initiated through a resolution from Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill) that passed the chamber in April 2017. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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