Open Letter to Governor Tom Corbett from the Faculty Senate
Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color
By The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color
Dear Governor Corbett:
It is outrageous and shortsighted that your proposed 2012-13 state budget allocates $2 billion to corrections/probation and parole yet offers only $1.4 billion to higher education. It is education-- not incarceration--that will yield long-term individual benefits to our children and our economy.
As the Committee on the Status of Color of the Faculty Senate at Temple University, we consider matters that concern faculty, staff, and students of color at Temple University. Thus, we are obliged to comment on your proposed budget cuts to higher education. We recognize that change is inevitable and change is good, but we are concerned with the issues in and around next year's proposed budget, specifically for Temple University.
Many of our students are the first to attend college in their families and come from underrepresented populations. Temple University provides educational opportunities to those who could not otherwise afford higher education.
An educated citizenry is good for the economy. Educated citizens foster innovation, create new technologies and provide the highly skilled labor that Pennsylvania businesses need to thrive and grow. Thriving businesses and higher employment will substantially increase Pennsylvania's tax base and revenues.
There is nothing more important than education. The safety and security of the Commonwealth depend on educational opportunities available to its citizens. You said we must reduce the costs of the criminal justice system; your proposed cut to education will produce exactly the opposite effect.
Severe budget cuts to education will substantially affect the economy and security of the Commonwealth. Moreover, your proposed cuts will severely limit access to higher education opportunities for low-income and first-generation college students. We would like to partner with you and the legislature to find ways to moderate next year's proposed budget cuts, and to promote education and support the longstanding commitment of Temple University to first-generation and underrepresented students.
At this critical point in history, you have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the future generations of our Commonwealth. You can either invest in education, or continue to see a drain on our economy and our human resources.
We thank you in advance for your speedy response to our invitation to work with you and the legislature on this most important issue: providing affordable higher education for our children.
Thank you for your attention,
The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color