John Fry

Drexel University President's Blog

Category: Higher education

Drexel Moves Up In Rankings

Drexel University jumped 10 places to 74th on the list of 968 colleges and universities in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. Even better, when you take out public universities and private liberal arts colleges, our ranking among private universities was 36th.

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Mentoring Minority Med School Students

Kudos to Dean Schidlow and Drexel University College of Medicine students Dexter C. Graves and Bisola Egbe for their important efforts to attract and mentor minority medical school students as The Inquirer detailed in this story.

Year in Review: 2017 President’s Report

The pride we share in Drexel University is built upon progress made in so many areas of University life, and it’s detailed for the last year in my latest President’s Report. As you review it, I hope you will see how we’re focused on creating an exciting future – whether it’s training next-generation educators for urban classrooms, learning entrepreneurial skills by actually running businesses, conducting life-saving research, making medical breakthroughs, or improving our community through civic engagement.

The Value of Higher Education

There is a bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C. to require colleges and universities to disclose comprehensive data about students’ earnings once they graduate. This is a worthy idea, given the sizeable investment students and/or parents make when it comes to higher education.

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Tax Reform Measure Will Harm Higher Education

As I mentioned in a note to the Drexel community last week, the tax reform bill in Congress will seriously harm the nation’s colleges and universities. But Margaret Spellings, the president of the University of North Carolina and a former U.S. Secretary of Education in the George W. Bush administration, did an excellent job of detailing the widespread damage this bill will cause higher education in this op-ed in The Chronicle of Education.

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University City District at 20: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

The University City District was founded 20 years ago under the basic principle of clean and safe streets. But today’s UCD now offers so much more, far surpassing its motto of “Changing places, changing lives.”

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Tax Bill Will Increase College Costs

The tax reform plan released last week by House of Representatives will have a negative impact on all higher education institutions, including Drexel University. There are several harmful provisions, including: an excise tax on private university endowments; elimination of tax-exempt municipal bonds, which would increase construction costs; elimination of the student-loan interest deduction; elimination of tax-free tuition reimbursement from employers; and an excise tax on private university endowments. Continue reading

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