Kiplinger rated West Chester University as one of the top 100 best values in public colleges in the nation this week. West Chester ranked 71 among public colleges for in-state students and 57 for out-of-state students. Only two other Pennsylvania colleges made the list: University of Pittsburgh and Penn State Main Campus. University of Pittsburgh ranked 38 for in-state students and 17 for out-of-stae while Penn State ranked 48 for in-state and 31 for out-of-state. This article was originally reported by West Chester Patch you can read more by clicking here.
Here’s how Kiplinger makes its selections from its website:
We start with data on nearly 600 public institutions and sort the schools based on quality measures — such as the admission rate, the test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and six-year graduation rates. We then add cost data — including tuition, fees, room and board, and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students — and re-rank the institutions. It is this combination of academic quality and affordability — not any desire on our part to exclude a particular school — that determines which schools make our list for best value.
A Chester County swimming coach has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. Forty-seven-year-old Kenneth Fuller, of West Chester, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor student at least three times between April 27 and May 5 of this year, including once when he posed as the victim’s father and had the student excused from school in order to meet him at a hotel and have sex. He also allegedly provided the underage victim with alcohol on two occasions. Fuller is a swim coach at Rustin High School, and the victim is a swimmer on the team.
The allegations came to light after police interviewed the victim, who said she had been meeting her coach at locations that varied from parks and Starbucks to a Chester County hotel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. The accused had even provided her with a fake medical document from CHOP that stated she was a patient who had been treated there after he had called the school posing as her father. Fuller is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, sexual assault and other related charges.
Pennsylvania state police and school officials have issued an alert to parents after an attempted child luring incident Wednesday afternoon. Augustus J. Massaro, superintendent of the Avon Grove school district sent a Child Safety Alert via email to parents after a group of students was approached by a stranger shortly after school let out on Schoolhouse Road in London Grove.
According to the alert, the several Avon Grove Intermediate school students were approached at a bus stop by a man who asked the students if they would like to look at stuffed animals in his vehicle. The students refused and the man quickly fled the scene at high speed, according to reports. The man is described as a white male in his sixties or seventies with blonde or gray hair and a tan or weathered complexion. He was wearing a white or yellow polo shirt at the time of the incident. His vehicle is described as a red or maroon late 1990s or early 2000s model F150 pickup truck with an extended cab and tinted red windows.
Andrea Cavanaugh, a parent of an Avon Grove district student said her daughter experienced a similar incident involving the same vehicle. Cavanaugh said students were approached in a similar manner despite the presence of several adults nearby. Police were called to the scene Wednesday and searched the area for the vehicle, but the suspect could not be located. Police said they issued a regional alert message to neighboring law enforcement agencies.
Police and school officials ask that anyone with information regarding the incident call the state police Criminal Investigations Unit at 610-268-2022. School officials are asking parents to reinforce safety rules with their children involving dealing with strangers. Parents are urged to walk children to and from bus stops and always encourage children to travel in groups. Children should also never speak to strangers and immediately report suspicious activity to police by calling 911.