September 10, 1998......Volume 28, Issue 4

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Department of Education approves modified plan for western campuses
Secretary of Education Eugene Hickock has announced formal approval of the final element of the University's plan to restructure its Commonwealth Educational System campuses. Under the approval, information science and technology degrees will be implemented at Penn State Beaver and Penn State McKeesport in the fall of 1999. The same degree will be implemented at Penn State New Kensington in 2000. Up to five additional degrees could be phased in at the campuses over the next decade.

Student learning improves by reading newspapers
Nearly half of students participating in a Penn State Pulse survey said that reading a newspaper added to their Penn State education. Approximately 65 percent reported their instructors referred to news articles as part of class discussions or presentations; and 20 percent had instructors who required the students to read a newspaper regularly.

University and town pledge to curb abuse
Twenty campus-community coalitions have been established at University locations throughout the state as part of the Penn State-Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Partnership against alcohol and drug abuse.

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