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APSCUF Legislative Goals And Priorities For 2021-22 Session

Fully fund the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its universities to provide affordable and quality higher education across the state that benefit students, families, and universities.

Protect member and annuitant retirement benefits and options. Advocate for cost of living adjustment where appropriate.

Work in solidarity with the labor movement to preserve and expand worker’s rights (e.g., guaranteeing exclusive representation, maintaining the prevailing wage, protecting the collection of union dues, and supporting raising the minimum wage).

Protect tenure, academic freedom, and faculty rights.

Work to decrease the indebtedness of State System students in different ways including increasing PHEAA grants for State System students and promoting legislation aimed at negating the impacts of student loans, regulating for-profit institutions of higher educations and protecting student borrowers, e.g., providing graduates with tax credits and regulating private lenders.

Advocate for proactive adjunct faculty legislation that would help adjuncts,
including health-care benefits.

Advocate for student voting rights.

Advocate for greater privacy protections for members as it pertains to the right to know law.

Advocate for student health and safety through measures that increase the accessibility through on campus mental health services.

Challenging inequities by supporting diverse, equitable and inclusive policies. Working with a broad coalition of stakeholders on higher education practices across the Commonwealth that support social justice efforts and ensure students can enjoy a safe and healthy campus life.