APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth M. Mash today pledged that APSCUF will do whatever it can to fulfill The Pennsylvania Promise, an affordable-tuition plan unveiled today at a press conference in the Capitol.

“We must make a difference, and we must provide opportunities,” Mash said at the event for the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center‘s report. “The Pennsylvania Promise: Making College Affordable and Securing Pennsylvania’s Economic Future” outlines how the Commonwealth could make tuition affordable for Pennsylvania students for about $1 billion per year. Click here to read the full report.

KRC and PBPC will further explain the report in a webinar 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, for which you can register here.

One of the report’s authors, Mark Price, KRC labor economist, will go live to answer questions 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, on APSCUF’s Facebook page. We welcome members, students, and other supporters of quality, affordable higher education to join the discussion. If you’d like to submit questions in advance, email qualityeducation@apscuf.org.

Senate Democrats recorded the press conference, which included statements from State Sen. Vincent Hughes, State Rep. Jim Roebuck, State Rep. Jordan A. Harris, and Daniel Le, a sophomore at Shippensburg University. Watch video of the full event here.


Graphics/Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Today’s report is the fourth in a series by KRC and PBPC tackling upward mobility and higher education affordability in the Keystone state. Previous reports are:

Pennsylvania Higher Education at a Crossroads: To Boost Opportunity and Growth, Pennsylvania Needs to Invest in Higher Education (August 2017)

At Students’ Expense: Rising Costs Threaten Pennsylvania Public Universities’ Role in Upward Mobility (June 2017)

Pennsylvania’s Great Working-Class Colleges (April 2017)