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Mount Aloysius College President: The Real Box Score

In this recent op-ed, Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley asks U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to develop a better scorecard system that will more fairly judge colleges and universities. President Foley lays out his case by presenting the contributing factors that can result in an unfair assessment while using an interesting sports metaphor.

This article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.




Misericordia University President: Future Looks Bright as Governments Invest in Education

In this recent op-ed, Misericordia University President Thomas J. Botzman, PhD, discusses the benefits available to students pursuing a postsecondary education, and the ways that those benefits are becoming more easily accessible. Governments are recognizing the need for students to be able to attain those goals and are investing in initiatives that will help them do so, including Gov. Corbett's Ready to Succeed Scholarships.

This article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.


Alvernia University President: "Scholarships Develop Future Leaders"


In this recent op-ed, Alvernia University President Thomas Flynn discusses the benefits of Governor Corbett's proposed Ready to Succeed Scholarships (RTSS) initiative designed for middle income studnets and well as the REading Collegiate Scholars Program (RCSP) launched in January by Alvernia University in partnership with the Olivet Boys & Girls Club.  President Flynn says, "Our greatest natural resources are today’s students and tomorrow’s citizens and community leaders. Initiatives like the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program and the Governor’s new RTSS scholarship program are steps in the right direction for our Commonwealth and our community."

 This article can be read in its entirety by clicking here.



Misericordia University President: "Proposed Scorecard for Higher Ed Misses the Mark"


Misericordia University President Thomas Botzman discusses the difficulties of using  the proposed federal scorecard to rate colleges and universities based on selected data.

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Yes We Must Coalition Hosts National Conference

The Yes We Must Coalition will be hosting "Fulfilling Our Responsibility: Higher Education for the New Student Majority," a national conference to be held at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel in Northbrook, IL April 23-25, 2014.  All organizations, institutions of higher education, access agencies, researchers, academics, and others committed to increasing college access and completion success among low-income and 1st generation students - the new student majority - are invited to attend.  

For more information on the conference, click here.

AICUP Fast Facts


A recent report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers provides clear evidence of the economic value of a four-year college degree. The authors of the report use data from the Census Bureau to examine the actual wage and salary income of employed persons age 18 to 64 years working full-time. 
In general, higher levels of education are associated with higher incomes. For Pennsylvania, the report shows that workers with a bachelor’s degree had a median income of $48,366 compared to a median income of $30,754 for those with only a high school diploma. Pennsylvania workers with an associate’s degree had a median income of $37,422.   The highest median income ($67,033) was associated with Pennsylvania workers with a graduate or professional degree.
Source: State Higher Education Executive Officers (2012). The Economic Benefit of Postsecondary Degrees: A State and National Level Analysis.

For more information on the Economic Benefit of a College Degree, click here.