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IUP Communications Media Members Present at Governor’s Conference

Last month, a team of IUP Communications Media students and faculty members presented at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference on Higher Education.

Mary Beth Leidman, Jeff Fratangeli, Matthew McKeague, David Porter, Sarah Tourtellotte, and Bradley Wiggins presented “Different Approaches to Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Research Skills in Undergraduate Education,” focusing on how to develop higher level critical thinking and research skills in both high school and early college levels. Each of the members of the team presented on a specific component of the topic related to their area of expertise or interest.

Governor Ed Rendell and the Pennsylvania Department of Education welcomed higher education leaders from across the Commonwealth, including IUP President Tony Atwater, to discuss critical policy issues in regard to college access and student success. The Governor’s Conference on Higher Education: Pathways to College Success was held on March 17 and 18 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania. The conference is generally for college and university presidents and their leadership teams to come together with teams from other areas in order to discuss the administrative issues within higher education.

Workshop presentations also were given by groups that represented the policy-making and executive level administrative segment of institutions of higher education. Groups present included the U.S. House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, the Educational Testing Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Presentations focused on topics such as the current economic situation, the impact that it will have on higher education, and what preparations need to be made to address these issues.

(Content by Zachary Salopek.)

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