higher education

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - It's expected that the tax reform bill approved by the U.S. Senate early Saturday morning will contain a provision that has upset some officials at the nation’s larger universities. 

It calls for a 1.4 percent excise tax for colleges that have larger endowments.  Congressman Tom Reed, a Southern Tier Republican, has been a proponent of the tax.

His district includes Cornell University, and its president opposes the tax which she says would reduce their ability to help economically disadvantaged students and conduct research for the public good.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - An open letter has been signed by a number of professors outside the University of Rochester condemning the administration for its response to allegations of sexual harassment. 

Over 200 professors from universities and colleges both in the United States and abroad have signed a letter to the UR board of trustees saying, "In the present circumstances, they cannot in good conscience encourage students to pursue educational or employment opportunities at the University of Rochester." 

Starting next year, Le Moyne College will offer a $10,000 scholarship over four years, to all New York State residents, regardless of income. This comes after the state began its Excelsior Scholarship earlier this year, which offers tuition-free college at SUNY schools for middle class residents.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Some of the state’s top-ranking education officials are condemning a vote by a State University of New York committee that would weaken regulations for teachers at some charter schools. 

The controversial proposal approved by the SUNY Charter Schools Committee is slightly different than an earlier one. Now, instead of requiring as little as 30 hours of classroom experience in order to be eligible to teach in a charter school, 40 hours are required, as part of a total of 160 hours of classroom related instruction.

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BELLEFONTE (WPSU) - Preliminary hearings for 18 Penn State fraternity members charged in the hazing-related death of a pledge were scheduled to end Tuesday. But the judge has once again had to continue the case. 

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Bellefonte (WPSU) -- The preliminary hearing continues Tuesday for 18 Penn State fraternity members in the hazing-related death of pledge Timothy Piazza.  

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The State University of New York (SUNY) is considering letting its charter schools create their own teacher certification programs, a proposal that teachers unions and education advocacy groups say endangers students and the teaching profession.

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - In addition to New York’s free college tuition program being offered to some middle class students that attend state schools, there is also the Enhanced Tuition Award for students attending private schools. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A new partnership at SUNY colleges and universities is encouraging the use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks. 

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - The office of the state auditor general has released a report reviewing Penn State's rising tuition costs, background check practices and transparency in the wake of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse conviction.

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(State College) -- Hearings related to the hazing death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza begin today in Centre County Court. Piazza died in February after falling down stairs while dangerously intoxicated during a hazing ritual at campus fraternity Beta Theta Pi. He was 19. 

Cornell Gets Funds To Create Cybersecurity Software

May 30, 2017

Cornell University will receive $2.5 million in federal funds to support the development of new cybersecurity software. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding decision Friday. The two New York Democrats hailed the grant as an example of a smart investment in cutting-edge technology.

Report: PA's Not Keeping Its Educated Millennials

May 4, 2017
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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- More young residents are leaving Pennsylvania than moving in. That's according to a recent report from the Independent Fiscal Office, which notes that the trend doesn't bode well for the state's economy. 


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Kristina Johnson as the system's 13th chancellor Monday. Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. The 59-year-old has held administrative positions at Duke and Johns Hopkins universities, but Johnson has been out of academia for the past eight years. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Some New York lawmakers and college administrators are worried about what the state's new free tuition policy at SUNY and CUNY could mean for private schools, including those at Utica College. The private college just cut its tuition rate by 42 percent last fall. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Representative from private and public schools are reacting to the proposal in the new state budget that provides free tuition at public colleges and universities for middle class students. 

The  New York State Legislature has re-elected two members of the Board of Regents including Vice Chancellor, and Rochester attorney, T. Andrew Brown, as well as Regent Nan Eileen Mead.

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Keystone Crossroads - Brian Davis is well-known around campus, and not just because the Penn State junior is always wearing a suit. He's triple majoring and double minoring, is actively involved in organizations across campus and has the ear of the University's president. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Pennsylvania's public college and university system has hit tough financial times thanks to more-or-less flat state funding, rising pension costs, and enrollment that has declined 12 percent since 2010. 

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Ithaca College has announced a new president. Shirley M. Collado will take over for Tom Rochon. 

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Governor Cuomo's plan for free state college tuition would be the first of its kind in the U.S. because it would include 4-year schools, not just community colleges. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to offer free tuition at New York public colleges to eligible residents. 

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(WRVO) Thousands of people all over the world are condemning the reported massacre of civilians in Aleppo, Syria, as a cease-fire in the eastern part of the besieged city seems to have fallen apart. And some central New Yorkers are among those raising their voice. 

Student Journalists On The Ethics Of Reporting In A Digital World

Dec 8, 2016

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Pennsylvania has seen one of the nation's largest reductions in state funding for public colleges and universities since the start of the recession. That's according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Katko Calls Student Debt Looming Financial Crisis

Apr 6, 2016
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(WRVO) Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is putting the spotlight on the student loan crisis. The congressman gathered students and financial aid administrators for a roundtable discussion at Onondaga Community College Tuesday.

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(WRVO) Going back to school is challenging for veterans. The majority who enroll in two or four year colleges across the nation don’t complete their degree. Jefferson Community College in Watertown and SUNY Canton will be awarded over $1 million this year to help more veterans graduate. School administrators say individual attention is key.

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In a letter addressed to Ithaca College faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and friends of the school, President Tom Rochon announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, effective July 1, 2017.

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(WXXI) A Southern Tier Republican Congressman wants to force colleges to help more students with their tuition costs. House Representative Tom Reed wants colleges with an endowment of a billion dollars or more to devote at least a quarter of it student aid or lose their tax exempt status.

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Recent college grads in New York can now get some help paying off their loans with the state’s new student loan forgiveness program.