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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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