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"MarketWatch" featured Pace University in "These 10 solid U.S. colleges prove you don’t need Harvard or Yale to achieve the American Dream"

09/20/2019

"MarketWatch" featured Pace University in "These 10 solid U.S. colleges prove you don’t need Harvard or Yale to achieve the American Dream"

For years we’ve heard about how Americans’ upward mobility is broken and middle-class income has stagnated.

The data backs it up, which is probably why the percentage of 30-year-olds in the U.S. earning more than their parents did at the same age is plummeting.

Policymakers have failed to address this wealth, income, and opportunity gap, but some institutions of higher learning are taking up the slack. A recent study by a team of academic superstars including Harvard University’s Raj Chetty and the University of California at Berkeley’s Emmanuel Saez — a frequent collaborator of French economist Thomas Piketty, whose idea of a wealth tax inspired Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — has identified the U.S. colleges and universities that best promote upward mobility. 

That study, which assigned hundreds of U.S. universities a score for their success at moving its graduates up the income scale, is posted in several formats on a splashy website, along with a link to an interactive tool from The New York Times that allows you to see how your favorite college rates.

The researchers found that highly selective colleges and universities such as Berkeley, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and Swarthmore (which I attended as a first-generation college student) actually do a very good job of elevating lower-income kids to the middle-class and beyond. But they take so few kids from the bottom 20% — less than 4% of enrollment — they can’t move the needle much.

Good state and local universities, however, can and do. That’s why they dominate the list of the 10 colleges that are most effective in helping their graduates move from the lowest 20% (family incomes below $25,000 a year) to the top 20% ($110,000 and above). That’s the stuff of Horatio Alger stories, yet it happens all the time at these American Dream machines.

Two of the top 10 — Pace and St. John’s — are private. Only Stony Brook University (of the State University of New York) cracks U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 national universities rankings for 2020. ”The colleges that have the highest bottom-to-top-quintile mobility rates.” the study’s authors write, “are typically mid-tier public institutions” — colleges the kids of entitled parents like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin would avoid at any cost. All of these 10 schools are located in California, New York, and Texas. 

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"MarketWatch" featured Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law in "The Elisabeth Haub School of Law At Pace University Ranks # 1 In The Nation in Environmental Law"

03/14/2019

"MarketWatch" featured Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law in "The Elisabeth Haub School of Law At Pace University Ranks # 1 In The Nation in Environmental Law"

Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace Law) was ranked number one in the country for environmental law, a signature program at the school, by the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, released today.

Today's news is the latest major success for the program, which has consistently been rated among the strongest in the country. Recently, the environmental law program has recruited top faculty who are recognized scholars in climate change law, international human rights law and natural resources and food systems law.

"At Pace University, we prepare students to change the world," said Pace President Marvin Krislov. "Our environmental law program, which trains attorneys for this critically important field, has long done world-recognized work. It is fitting that it's now the top-ranked program in the country. Congratulations to our Law School's faculty, staff, and students on this much-deserved recognition, and thanks to the Haub family for their commitment to the environment and to the Law School."

"For the past four decades, our environmental law program has led the way in training environmental defenders and advocates who have gone on to serve in law firms, government agencies and NGOs across the globe," said Dean Horace Anderson. "We are proud that in our program's 40 [th] anniversary year, the scholarship of our faculty, the quality of our teaching and the experiential learning opportunities we provide to our students has propelled us to the top of the field."

The Law School's newest clinic, the Food and Beverage Law Clinic, was established in 2017 to provide transactional legal services to small- and medium-sized farms, food and beverage entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations seeking to improve food systems across the region. These developments are ensuring that Pace's environmental law program remains top among its peers.

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"Market Watch" featured Pace University's Birnbaum librarian Alicia Joseph-Marino in "These colleges are letting students pay late fees and parking tickets by feeding the hungry "

12/05/2018

"Market Watch" featured Pace University's Birnbaum librarian Alicia Joseph-Marino in "These colleges are letting students pay late fees and parking tickets by feeding the hungry "

Donating food gets these students exempt from paying fines at colleges like the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pace University and SUNY Oswego 

Helping the hungry gets these college students off the hook.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown started its “Food 4 Fines” program on Monday, allowing college kids to reduce or waive unpaid citations by donating non-perishable food items. It’s an initiative for students to save a few bucks and do good ahead of the holidays, the university told Moneyish.

All students with parking permits who have unpaid tickets can bring boxes of spaghetti, pasta or sauce to their student government association office through Dec. 7. Students can get $5 off their fine if they bring in three boxes of pasta; $5 off with two 24-ounce jars of sauce; $10 off with a 60-ounce jar of sauce and a box of pasta; and $5 off of every additional three boxes of pasta or two jars of sauce. Everything will go to Family Kitchen in Johnstown, Penn., a non-profit that provides up to 100,000 meals for those in need each year.

“We thought it would be a really cool program to raise awareness on food insecurity,” Sam Miller, 22, the student government president at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, told Moneyish, adding that campus parking fines can range anywhere from $15 to $50.

The program nixed $95 worth of parking tickets just hours after its launch on Monday afternoon, the school confirmed, and collected 37 boxes of pasta and 22 jars of sauce. These ingredients can help make spaghetti dinners for at least 150 local families this season.

Around 795 million people in the world do not have enough access to food to lead a healthy life, and one in seven people are hungry, according to statistics from the Food Aid Foundation. What’s more, one-third of all food grown globally is wasted or lost, that’s $3 trillion worth of food, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. And with a startling 94% of Americans admitting to throwing away food at home, a number of other colleges have pledged to pitch in by donating unopened cans and other foods to reduce waste, do good and have students save their own money in the process.

SUNY Oswego ran a similar Foods for Fines program where students could donate pre-packaged, unopened foods and get $1 per item taken off of their library fees from Nov. 1 through this past Thanksgiving. And Pace University in New York City started up the same program in 2007, collecting canned soups, noodles, cereals, beans and other dry foods in exchange for exemption from library fees for overdue books.

“We thought, why not waive the fines for a cause and feed the hungry?” said Alicia Joseph-Marino, a librarian at Pace University, adding that dozens of students have participated during the holidays. Since its inception more than a decade ago, the program has donated up to $3,000 worth of food to City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization. For every can students bring in, they get $1 taken off their fines; so if a student owes $5 and brings in five non-perishable food items that they have laying around their dorm room, their fines would be cleared.

As millennials and Gen Z show continued interest in supporting causes that give back or do good, implementing initiatives like “Food for Fines” at schools can be a no-brainer. Forty percent of millennials are more likely to buy a product or use a service that supports a cause. What’s more, 45% of millennials think they can contribute to a cause they are passionate about through a brand or company, compared to just 27% of people from other generations, Forbes reported. And 30% of Gen Z -- people born after 1996 -- donate to a charitable organization in their lifetime, while 60% say that want to work to make a difference in the world, according to a survey by Classy.org.

“We pursued this idea because the students wanted to do it,” Miller said. “They wanted to make an impact.” 

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