Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The State With Too Many Campuses


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The State With Too Many Campuses

by Audrey Williams June and Brian O'Leary

"For years, many Pennsylvania colleges have been sounding the alarm about their future.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, commonly known as Passhe, recently consolidated six of its campuses into two after more than a decade of flagging enrollment and financial pressures. Pennsylvania State University ran a deficit of more than $150 million last academic year. And Muhlenberg College saw its credit downgraded last year amid analysts’ concerns about “highly competitive student market conditions and weak regional demographics” squeezing the institution’s revenue.

While some factors — like declining enrollment, anemic state investment, and a dwindling pipeline of high-school graduates — affecting institutions in the Keystone state are also common elsewhere, there’s also a distinctly Pennsylvanian force at play: The state has a large number of colleges relative to its traditional-age student population."

>> Situational Awareness: "A Chronicle analysis of the higher-ed landscape in Pennsylvania reveals that 149 four-year public, four-year private, and two-year institutions served undergraduates in 2020. That’s 7,570 18- to 24-year-old Pennsylvanians for every college."

>> The Big Picture: "Two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s counties are home to at least one college. The top three counties by number of colleges are among the state’s most populous. Philadelphia County has 16 institutions; Montgomery County, adjacent to Philadelphia, has 12; and Allegheny County, dominated by Pittsburgh, has 11."

>> Quotable: “We’re in a state with a very large private sector of higher education, so the competition for students is fierce, with a declining number of Pennsylvanians,” said Joni Finney, former director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania."

>> Be Smart: Pennsylvania has 61 colleges and universities that are members of NCAA Division III or approximately 13.5 percent.

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2.  Kearney, Phillips Named Rhodes Scholars

  Phillips '23

A pair of Division III students who participate in athletics - Matthew Kearney of MIT and Tahri Phillips of Washington and Lee - were selected as recipients for Rhodes Scholarships. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford. The total value of the Scholarship averages approximately $75,000 per year, and up to as much as approximately US$250,000 for Scholars who remain at Oxford for four years in certain departments.

Kearney is a senior majoring in both electrical engineering and computer science and philosophy. At Oxford, he will pursue an MSc in research in statistics. His goal is to redesign AI technologies and practices to both address their harms and reimagine them as tools for solutions to pressing societal issues such as climate change and economic inequality. He finished fourth at the NCAA Northeast Regional cross country championship, helping the second-ranked Engineers to the team title.

Phillips, a senior cognitive and behavioral science and English double major, plans to pursue a master’s degree in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation. She will build on her undergraduate studies by exploring potential intervention strategies for at-risk and underrepresented youth inside and outside the classroom and how to best create more equitable learning environments for them. Phillips is a captain for the Generals' women's basketball team.

>> Press Release
>> Complete List of Recipients


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3. Bowl Matchups Announced

Twenty-two football teams that were not selected for the NCAA Division III championship field will play one final postseason game this weekend in conference-sponsored bowl games.

Centennial-MAC Bowl Series
Stevenson (8-2) at Johns Hopkins (9-1)
Ursinus (8-2) at King's (8-2)
Muhlenberg (6-4) at Lebanon Valley (5-5)

New England Bowls
Plymouth State (8-2) at Husson (5-5)
Catholic (6-4) at Bridgewater State (6-4)

ECAC Asa S. Bushnell Bowl
Hobart (7-3) at Washington & Jefferson (8-2)

ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl
Westminster, Pa. (7-3) at Brockport (7-3)

ECAC Scotty Whitelaw Bowl
SUNY Morrisville (7-3) at RPI (7-3)

ECAC James Lynah Bowl
FDU-Florham (6-4) at Grove City (7-3)

Isthmus Bowl (Madison, Wis.)
Washington, Mo. (8-2) vs. UW-River Falls (6-4)

Lakefront Bowl (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Monmouth (8-2) vs. Concordia, Wis. (8-2)

4. Poets Reportedly Drop Football

According to numerous reports, Whittier College is disbanding its football program.

Assistant Coach Tony Caljean tweeted on Monday afternoon:

There has been no official confirmation from the College. The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has lost two teams in the last three years as Occidental disbanded its program in 2020, leaving the SCIAC with six football programs.

5. DISC Opportunities

NCAA leadership development is happy to announce the return of the DISC program for this academic year. All workshop time slots through November have been filled. Requests are still being accepted for Dec. 1-15 and Jan. 20 through May 30. Please reference the below dates for this academic year:
  • DISC Winter Moratorium: The DISC program will be on a moratorium from Dec. 16 until Jan. 20. Workshops will not be held during this time.
  • DISC Summer Moratorium: The DISC program will be on a moratorium from May 31 until Sept. 11. Workshops will not be held during this time.  
NCAA member athletics departments and conference offices can utilize the updated workshop request form link to secure their workshop for this coming academic year. For questions about the DISC Program, email disc@ncaa.org

6.  Lightning Round 


  • Host sites are the men's and women's soccer sectionals have been announced: M) Chicago, Stevens, Kenyon and Amherst. W) Misericordia, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Christopher Newport. 
  • Trustees for Hardin-Simmons University offered the institution’s president, Eric Bruntmyera three-year contract extension — a show of support after a recent faculty vote of no confidence in his leadership. 
  • New Jersey City University announced the elimination of three senior administration positions - Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Vice President for Enrollment Management - as it continues to work its way out of a $20 million deficit.
  Happy Birthday
  • Cake and candles for Crystal Gibson, director of athletics, St. Mary's (Md.)

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