PA Governor proposes $13 million funding hike for state-owned universities

Written by on March 4, 2020

PA Governor proposes $13 million funding hike for state-owned universities

By Ed Mahon

March 4, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf, Flikr

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is calling for a $13 million increase in funding for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities. 

But the chancellor of the State System of Higher Education is hoping for a bigger hike.

Daniel Greenstein says the extra funding would help the system implement a large scale redesign that would encourage more collaboration between different universities.

“To enable our students at any of our universities to have access to programs at any of our other universities, so it provides an opportunity to be much more nimble and much more responsive to the workforce development needs of the state,” says Greenstein

Wolf’s budget earmarks above $490 million for the system.

Greenstein is asking for about an additional $17 million as well.

The shift to more unified universities is one of the changes the system is pursuing as it deals with reduced enrollment.

About 96-thousand students were enrolled in the state-owned universities this fall, down from nearly 120,000 in 2010.

Kutztown, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg and West Chester are a part of the system.

The deadline for the FY21 state budget is the end of June.


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