The 2011-12 state budget cut funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education by more than $90 million — resulting in a 7.5 percent tuition hike for students. The 14 state-owned universities have also seen larger class sizes and fewer faculty and staff this year.
Here’s a report from a student at Lock Haven University:
|“||I have seen larger class sizes (didn’t affect me in my personal tiny classes), I have heard of our scene shop paying student workers fewer hours, and I lost a professor in my department due to the cut. Now I must return back to learning under a professor who is not able to help me become a better musician. (I’m a music ed/theater performance major)|
The English department chair at Slippery Rock, Dr. Jace Condravy described how the university has eliminated a writing course from its graduation requirements, cut the time students spent in science labs and cut back on funding for professional development.
Dr. Paul Quinn is a physics professor at Kutztown, and he explained how his university has cut an advising center for undeclared students and increased class sizes, which means less one-on-one time with students.
As the English department chair at Clarion, Dr. Elizabeth MacDaniel expressed her concern with cancellations of upper-level classes, which are important for majors to complete their degree on time.
For more information about how state budget cuts are affecting the 14 state-owned universities, please check out our PA Budget Impact Storify and stop by our Facebook wall to leave a comment and tell us what you’ve been seeing.