Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Philadelphia Inquirer: Educators warn of tuition hikes, loss of programs from Pa. budget cuts

Gov. Corbett's plan to cut higher education funding by half would inevitably mean tuition hikes, staff reductions, and even fewer students, administrators at Pennsylvania's colleges and universities said Tuesday.

Temple president Ann Weaver Hart said the proposed cut "dramatically alters the relationship between the commonwealth" and state-related universities."

"For the last five decades, commonwealth support has helped the four state-related schools provide access to a high-quality education at an affordable value, while building research enterprises that have driven the Pennsylvania economy," she said. "We will ask legislators to continue their investment in higher education to benefit Pennsylvania's young people and strengthen the commonwealth's economic well-being."

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