News Bites — Week of February 3, 2019

Total cost of attendance at Pomona crosses $70,000

Pomona College’s total cost for tuition, fees and room and board for the 2019-20 academic year will break $70,000 for first time, increasing from $69,496 to $71,980, President G. Gabrielle Starr announced in an email to Pomona students and families in January. Pomona is the last of the 5Cs to cross the $70,000 mark.

The increase totals $2,484, 3.57 percent more expensive than the previous academic year, and is a relatively standard year-to-year increase for Pomona and the other Claremont Colleges, according to data provided to TSL by the other 5Cs about past tuition hikes. The other colleges have yet to announce their 2019-20 costs of attendance.

Pomona spokesperson Mark Kendall explained in an email to TSL that the additional money will “support student experiences in and out of the classroom,” including faculty and staff salaries and benefits, maintenance, student research, internships and study abroad.

The increase in Pomona’s comprehensive cost will coincide with an increase in financial aid to meet the full financial need of students, Kendall wrote.

— Hannah Shoemaker and Maria Heeter


Staff shake-ups at Pomona: treasurer out, assistant dean in

Pomona College treasurer Karen Sisson PO ’79 is leaving the school after 11 years, Pomona President G. Gabrielle Starr announced January.

Sisson, who will depart Pomona at the end of 2019, helped Pomona weather the Great Recession beginning in 2008, and “helped us avoid significant impacts on faculty and students,” Starr wrote in an email to the Pomona community. Sisson also oversaw funding for Dialynas and Sontag Halls, the new art museum and numerous class buildings including Seaver South Biology, Millikan Laboratory and the studio art building.

The school has also hired a new assistant dean of students, according to associate dean Jan Collins-Eaglin. The new administrator, Anthony Ferreria, began at Pomona Feb. 1.

Ferreria previously worked at Columbia University as an assistant dean of students “supporting students’ academic, personal and career decisions,” according to Collins-Eaglin, and at New York University working with international, first-generation and low-income students.

— Marc Rod


Mudd scores top marks in annual Princeton Review ranking

Princeton Review ranked Harvey Mudd College first for best career placement in the 2019 edition of its “The Best Value Colleges” book, while Pomona College ranked fifth for best financial aid.

Harvey Mudd also ranked sixth in the “Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back” ranking. The school received the same rankings on each of these lists in the 2018 Princeton Review rankings, according to a Harvey Mudd press release.

— Marc Rod


Pitzer Senate fills vacant positions

Pitzer College students voted to fill some vacant Pitzer Student Senate positions last week, while the executive board filled others by appointment, according to an email to Pitzer students from Kamyab Mashian PZ ’19, a vice president.

Dawson Reckers PZ ’21 was elected vice president of student engagement, Spencer Pletcher PZ ’22 was elected to serve on the campus aesthetics committee and Sam Horowitz PZ ’20 was elected to the academic planning committee. Turnout was low, with only 204 votes submitted, representing 18.35 percent of the student body.

Dominick Yu PZ ’22 was appointed to the diversity committee, Caroline Joseph PZ ’20 to the campus life committee, Ian Emlet PZ ’21 to the teaching and learning committee and Justin Sleppy PZ ’21 to the study abroad and international programs committee.

— Marc Rod

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