PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Spanier Talks Money With Board

lionGraham Spanier met with the Penn State Board of Trustees today, and addressed the economy’s impact on the university in an open letter that was posted on Penn State Live.

Applications are up 5.5% this year, probably because Penn State is still cheaper than many private colleges.

The amount of students returning for the spring semester has “held steady” compared to historical averages. This stands in contrast to a Chronicle of Higher Education report that said 25% of private schools and 13% of public schools expected retention between the fall and spring semesters to go down.

But the letter outlined a grim situation for the university.

Spanier describes the symptoms of the profound problem the school will face next year, but fails to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation.

***Penn State has not, and plans not to, introduced layoffs or a hiring freeze. The university is even increasing ancillary employee benefits at a cost of $4 million dollars.

***Spanier says he will not raise tuition any more than normal this year.

*** Penn State received 6% less than the State appropriated amount this year due to Pennsylvania’s budget shortfalls. It is highly unlikely that we will see any increases this year– indeed, the amount appropriated will probably fall as Pennsylvania was 2.3 billion dollars in debt this year and Rendell has said he will not pursue increases in state sales or income taxes for next year.

The Collegian Editorial Board said today that it hopes UPUA will find creative ways to prevent a tuition increase, other than the Tuition Challenge Grant that Tom Shakely (Safeguard Old State Founder) and Gavin Kierans (UPUA President) had been pursuing.

The UPUA is not the organization that pursues or applies for state and federal funding, so it’s unclear what the Collegian had in mind. Maybe the Collegian just hopes that UPUA will petition Spanier and the Board to not increase tuition next year.

Spanier is setting himself so that he will likely disappoint at least some section of the Penn State community, whether it’s the faculty and staff or the student body.

Source: Penn State Live

About the Author

Eli Glazier

Eli is a junior majoring in International Politics. He enjoys paninis and books.

Comments

More by Eli

Senior Writes Final Column

Senior columns, with all their melodrama and platitudes, usually leave me eye-rolling and shaking my head with a vigor usually reserved for study abroad blog posts. But, as I graduate a week from today, I figured I should give it a go myself. Rather than discuss the origins of Onward State like Evan,  I’d just like to briefly thank a few individuals who have defined my Penn State experience.

Speakers Released, Collective “Who?” Uttered

Onward Debates: Private State University

Athletics

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Students were delayed hours on Tuesday afternoon while trying to purchase on-campus parking permits.

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend