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#IamIndependent

Olivia Edwards, Junior  |  Lebanon Valley College  |  Political Science; Global Studies/Law & Society

I chose to attend Lebanon Valley College because they championed the collaborative relationship between faculty and student. The valuable of experiences I would be able to obtain outside of the classroom were complemented by the small, active, on-campus classes. I am a Division III athlete as well, and LVC provided me the opportunity to focus on my studies and play intercollegiate athletics. Finally, LVC offered rigorous courses, high-impact experiences, but also a robust and full life in student activities. I received a large amount of support for any endeavor I chose to seek out.

LVC helps me obtain my goals by never holding me back and helping me see all of the open doors of opportunity I can take. I am in close contact with my professors, mentors, and coaches. LVC also has a variety of internships and off-campus experiences for me to choose from. Politically speaking, LVC has connected me with state and federal legislators through student-lobbying days and visits to their respective Capitols. They have helped me obtain internships in Washington, D.C. and in Harrisburg, working in the legislature. 

The best thing about attending an Independent College is the freedom to have a well-rounded college career. You receive rigorous training inside the classroom, with the knowledge and skills that can be applied to real-world careers and professional schools. You also play a pivotal role in student affairs where you can really make a difference on campus in a variety of clubs and organizations. Independent colleges truly value what they student wants as well as what they need to set themselves a part from their crowded field of peers. I thoroughly enjoy the specialized attention from my advisors and countless opportunities outside of the classroom I have received. 

One adjective that describes me: ambitious.

Share your story with us! Tell us why you love your school on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: ‪#‎IamIndependent‬

#IamIndependent

Olivia Edwards, Junior  |  Lebanon Valley College  |  Political Science; Global Studies/Law & Society

I chose to attend Lebanon Valley College because they championed the collaborative relationship between faculty and student. The valuable of experiences I would be able to obtain outside of the classroom were complemented by the small, active, on-campus classes. I am a Division III athlete as well, and LVC provided me the opportunity to focus on my studies and play intercollegiate athletics. Finally, LVC offered rigorous courses, high-impact experiences, but also a robust and full life in student activities. I received a large amount of support for any endeavor I chose to seek out.

LVC helps me obtain my goals by never holding me back and helping me see all of the open doors of opportunity I can take. I am in close contact with my professors, mentors, and coaches. LVC also has a variety of internships and off-campus experiences for me to choose from. Politically speaking, LVC has connected me with state and federal legislators through student-lobbying days and visits to their respective Capitols. They have helped me obtain internships in Washington, D.C. and in Harrisburg, working in the legislature. 

The best thing about attending an Independent College is the freedom to have a well-rounded college career. You receive rigorous training inside the classroom, with the knowledge and skills that can be applied to real-world careers and professional schools. You also play a pivotal role in student affairs where you can really make a difference on campus in a variety of clubs and organizations. Independent colleges truly value what they student wants as well as what they need to set themselves a part from their crowded field of peers. I thoroughly enjoy the specialized attention from my advisors and countless opportunities outside of the classroom I have received. 

One adjective that describes me: ambitious.

Share your story with us! Tell us why you love your school on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: ‪#‎IamIndependent‬

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Mercyhurst University announces Michael Victor as 12th president

From a Mercyhurst University press release:

The Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst University today announced the appointment of Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., as the 12th president of Mercyhurst University. The vote took place during a special meeting of the board on May 19, 2015.

Currently president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Victor is expected to assume his duties at Mercyhurst on or about Aug. 1. He succeeds Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., who is retiring as president after nearly a decade in the role and following a 30-year affiliation with the university.

Throughout his nine-year tenure at Lake Erie College, Victor never lost touch with his Erie roots and maintained his family home here, where he is widely respected as a civic and business leader, attorney, entrepreneur and fundraiser who has risen through the ranks of administrative positions in higher education.

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Mercyhurst University announces Michael Victor as 12th president

From a Mercyhurst University press release:

The Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst University today announced the appointment of Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., as the 12th president of Mercyhurst University. The vote took place during a special meeting of the board on May 19, 2015.

Currently president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Victor is expected to assume his duties at Mercyhurst on or about Aug. 1. He succeeds Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., who is retiring as president after nearly a decade in the role and following a 30-year affiliation with the university.

Throughout his nine-year tenure at Lake Erie College, Victor never lost touch with his Erie roots and maintained his family home here, where he is widely respected as a civic and business leader, attorney, entrepreneur and fundraiser who has risen through the ranks of administrative positions in higher education.

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Muhlenberg College President: Tips for college graduates

from the Allentown Morning Call

Fellow graduates of the Class of 2015, we are all poised to take the next big step. For you, that next step will almost certainly mean more challenges, more hard work. Maybe a job, maybe more school, definitely more independence and responsibilities. Probably much smaller subsidies from your parents. For me, well, fewer meetings, fewer suits, fewer bow ties, and fewer emails.

There's something else we probably have in common when it comes to that next big step. We are all scared silly that things might not work out the way we hope. We are perched on the edge here. We are ready to spread our wings. We are hoping we don't go splat.

This is my 12th and last baccalaureate address at Muhlenberg College. I have been saving my best advice for you. So here goes. To alleviate some of that "I may be about to go splat" anxiety, here is my advice for a happy life:

When things look really bad, get a good night's sleep. It can't hurt, and whatever the problem is, it may solve itself overnight. If it doesn't, you'll be better prepared to deal with it in the morning.

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Muhlenberg College President: Tips for college graduates

from the Allentown Morning Call

Fellow graduates of the Class of 2015, we are all poised to take the next big step. For you, that next step will almost certainly mean more challenges, more hard work. Maybe a job, maybe more school, definitely more independence and responsibilities. Probably much smaller subsidies from your parents. For me, well, fewer meetings, fewer suits, fewer bow ties, and fewer emails.

There's something else we probably have in common when it comes to that next big step. We are all scared silly that things might not work out the way we hope. We are perched on the edge here. We are ready to spread our wings. We are hoping we don't go splat.

This is my 12th and last baccalaureate address at Muhlenberg College. I have been saving my best advice for you. So here goes. To alleviate some of that "I may be about to go splat" anxiety, here is my advice for a happy life:

When things look really bad, get a good night's sleep. It can't hurt, and whatever the problem is, it may solve itself overnight. If it doesn't, you'll be better prepared to deal with it in the morning.

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Talent Greater Philly Honors Peirce College for Innovative Practice in Higher Education

Talent Greater Philly, a collective that, according to its website, "collaborates on strategies designed to position students to obtain a post-secondary education", recently recognized Peirce College for its contributions to higher education and, specifically, its innovative practices to provide educational opportunities to low-income families.

From a Talent Greater Philly press release:

"In 2013, Peirce College, in collaboration with Year Up/Professional Training Corps (PTC), launched a unique, holistic partnership to reduce the workforce and degree attainment barriers experienced by 18-24 year old regional youth from low-income families. Peirce’s focus has been threefold: 1) to provide low-income students the opportunity to gain college credits 2) to create a pathway to degree completion and 3) to help students gain employability skills and relevant work experience."

Photo credit: Talent Greater Philly

Talent Greater Philly Honors Peirce College for Innovative Practice in Higher Education

Talent Greater Philly, a collective that, according to its website, "collaborates on strategies designed to position students to obtain a post-secondary education", recently recognized Peirce College for its contributions to higher education and, specifically, its innovative practices to provide educational opportunities to low-income families.

From a Talent Greater Philly press release:

"In 2013, Peirce College, in collaboration with Year Up/Professional Training Corps (PTC), launched a unique, holistic partnership to reduce the workforce and degree attainment barriers experienced by 18-24 year old regional youth from low-income families. Peirce’s focus has been threefold: 1) to provide low-income students the opportunity to gain college credits 2) to create a pathway to degree completion and 3) to help students gain employability skills and relevant work experience."

Photo credit: Talent Greater Philly

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Resolutions declaring April 21st Independent College Day in Pennsylvania unanimously pass General Assembly

A big thank you to Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) for introducing SR 93 and HR 254, respectively, during AICUP’s 2015 Student Lobby Day. The resolutions honored independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth and named April 21, 2015 “Independent College and University Day” in Pennsylvania. SR 93 had 16 bipartisan cosponsors and HR 254 had 40 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The resolutions passed unanimously and the students, faculty and administrators attending Student Lobby Day were invited to watch the proceedings from the House and Senate galleries. 

To view the full text of SR 93, click here.

To view the full text of HR 254, click here.

Resolutions declaring April 21st Independent College Day in Pennsylvania unanimously pass General Assembly

A big thank you to Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) for introducing SR 93 and HR 254, respectively, during AICUP’s 2015 Student Lobby Day. The resolutions honored independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth and named April 21, 2015 “Independent College and University Day” in Pennsylvania. SR 93 had 16 bipartisan cosponsors and HR 254 had 40 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The resolutions passed unanimously and the students, faculty and administrators attending Student Lobby Day were invited to watch the proceedings from the House and Senate galleries. 

To view the full text of SR 93, click here.

To view the full text of HR 254, click here.

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Keep both eyes open and keep on learning 

By Elizabethtown University President Carl Strikwerda

Congratulations, 2015 college graduates. For a few moments, you should celebrate everything that you’ve accomplished — the courses taken, the exams passed, the projects completed, and the degrees earned. And, then, the rest of your life stretches out before you. How should you look at the future that lies ahead?

I suggest that you look to your futures with both eyes wide open, focused on the immediate tasks at hand, and at how you want your life to evolve in the long term. Your first big decision is choosing between a job that begins your career, graduate school or some other kind of further study, or finding a job to support yourself while you consider your options. Whatever you choose, keep your eye on your longer term goal: a satisfying and fulfilling career and life.

Those who took a job simply because it seemed attractive at the time, and then keep moving ahead on a career path without asking where they’re headed, frequently end up dissatisfied later and much less successful than they expected.

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Keep both eyes open and keep on learning 

By Elizabethtown University President Carl Strikwerda

Congratulations, 2015 college graduates. For a few moments, you should celebrate everything that you’ve accomplished — the courses taken, the exams passed, the projects completed, and the degrees earned. And, then, the rest of your life stretches out before you. How should you look at the future that lies ahead?

I suggest that you look to your futures with both eyes wide open, focused on the immediate tasks at hand, and at how you want your life to evolve in the long term. Your first big decision is choosing between a job that begins your career, graduate school or some other kind of further study, or finding a job to support yourself while you consider your options. Whatever you choose, keep your eye on your longer term goal: a satisfying and fulfilling career and life.

Those who took a job simply because it seemed attractive at the time, and then keep moving ahead on a career path without asking where they’re headed, frequently end up dissatisfied later and much less successful than they expected.

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AICUP's 2015 Student Lobby Day a Success!

Nearly two hundred independent college and university students, faculty and administrators from more than 30 institutions wielded their informational packets as they wound their way through the state Capitol Building on April 21 meeting with legislators and staff as they convened for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUP) 2015 Student Lobby Day.

For photos, video and more information about Student Lobby Day, click here.

Thank you to all the students, faculty and administrators who participated, and thank you to the lawmakers who took the time to meet with us! 

AICUP's 2015 Student Lobby Day a Success!

Nearly two hundred independent college and university students, faculty and administrators from more than 30 institutions wielded their informational packets as they wound their way through the state Capitol Building on April 21 meeting with legislators and staff as they convened for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUP) 2015 Student Lobby Day.

For photos, video and more information about Student Lobby Day, click here.

Thank you to all the students, faculty and administrators who participated, and thank you to the lawmakers who took the time to meet with us! 

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Saint Joseph’s University Elects Mark C. Reed as First Lay President

From a St. Joseph's Press Release:

The Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees today elected Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., as the Jesuit institution’s 28th — and first lay — president in its 164-year history. Dr. Reed currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn., which along with Saint Joseph’s is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.

The Saint Joseph’s community will meet Dr. Reed at a special convocation planned for this morning, Wednesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., in the Cardinal John Foley Campus Center, located on SJU’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The meeting will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

“The Board of Trustees made history today in electing Mark Reed as the first lay president of Saint Joseph’s University,” says Edward W. Moneypenny ’64, chair of SJU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to Jesuit values and mission, and his outstanding record as a leader in Catholic higher education, make him the perfect choice to lead Saint Joseph’s into the future.”

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Saint Joseph’s University Elects Mark C. Reed as First Lay President

From a St. Joseph's Press Release:

The Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees today elected Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., as the Jesuit institution’s 28th — and first lay — president in its 164-year history. Dr. Reed currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn., which along with Saint Joseph’s is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.

The Saint Joseph’s community will meet Dr. Reed at a special convocation planned for this morning, Wednesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., in the Cardinal John Foley Campus Center, located on SJU’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The meeting will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

“The Board of Trustees made history today in electing Mark Reed as the first lay president of Saint Joseph’s University,” says Edward W. Moneypenny ’64, chair of SJU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to Jesuit values and mission, and his outstanding record as a leader in Catholic higher education, make him the perfect choice to lead Saint Joseph’s into the future.”

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Peirce College Debuts New College Strategic Plan

From a Peirce College Blog Post by Jim Mergiotti:

Since our founding, Peirce has been committed to providing working adults with the employer-valued skills and knowledge they need to achieve workplace success and advance in their careers. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we are further exemplifying that commitment with the launch of our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

There are many exciting developments included in the plan.  One of the most innovative is our new intra-course flexible delivery model.  Peirce has long been a pioneer in online course offerings, and, for quite some time, students have had the option of choosing online or on campus delivery on a course by course basis.This certainly gives some flexibility to students who are juggling jobs, families, and other responsibilities.  Our new flexible format will allow students to choose between in person or online attendance on a week-by-week basis. This will provide an unprecedented level of convenience as they pursue their degrees. The new intra-course flexible delivery option will be available for all Healthcare and Graduate programs beginning in fall 2015 and will be offered across our entire curriculum by September 2016, making Peirce the first in the region and possibly the first in the nation to offer this type of flexibility curriculum-wide.

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Peirce College Debuts New College Strategic Plan

From a Peirce College Blog Post by Jim Mergiotti:

Since our founding, Peirce has been committed to providing working adults with the employer-valued skills and knowledge they need to achieve workplace success and advance in their careers. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we are further exemplifying that commitment with the launch of our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.

There are many exciting developments included in the plan.  One of the most innovative is our new intra-course flexible delivery model.  Peirce has long been a pioneer in online course offerings, and, for quite some time, students have had the option of choosing online or on campus delivery on a course by course basis.This certainly gives some flexibility to students who are juggling jobs, families, and other responsibilities.  Our new flexible format will allow students to choose between in person or online attendance on a week-by-week basis. This will provide an unprecedented level of convenience as they pursue their degrees. The new intra-course flexible delivery option will be available for all Healthcare and Graduate programs beginning in fall 2015 and will be offered across our entire curriculum by September 2016, making Peirce the first in the region and possibly the first in the nation to offer this type of flexibility curriculum-wide.

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AICUP's 55th Annual Meeting

This March, AICUP held its 55th Annual Meeting at the Hotel Hershey. Distinguished guests included college and university presidents and representatives, corporate affiliates, philanthropists, leaders and government officials.

 

Panels were held to discuss a variety of issues including child protective services legislation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, community college transfers and DCED's India initiative. Awards were presented to Governor Edward G. Rendell, Dr. Thomas Kepple of Juniata College, and Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Diane Wilfrid of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

To view all photos from the event, click here.

AICUP's 55th Annual Meeting

This March, AICUP held its 55th Annual Meeting at the Hotel Hershey. Distinguished guests included college and university presidents and representatives, corporate affiliates, philanthropists, leaders and government officials.

 

Panels were held to discuss a variety of issues including child protective services legislation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, community college transfers and DCED's India initiative. Awards were presented to Governor Edward G. Rendell, Dr. Thomas Kepple of Juniata College, and Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Diane Wilfrid of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

To view all photos from the event, click here.

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Did You Know?

 

Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731

 

In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.

Did You Know?

 

Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731

 

In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.

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