Commission Suggests Changes to Pa. Higher Education

A commission assembled by Gov. Tom Corbett to examine higher education in Pennsylvania issued a broad set of recommendations Wednesday intended to make post-secondary study more accessible and affordable.

The proposals include tying increases in state funding to success in meeting those goals and considering the consolidation of institutions and programs. All 31 commission members — leaders in business and higher education — supported each recommendation, said commission chairman Rob Wonderling, a former Republican state senator who is president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

“Historically, the various higher-ed sectors oftentimes were in competition or in conflict for the public outlay of dollars to support their individual institutions and sectors,” Mr. Wonderling said. “For the first time in decades, each individual sector, as represented by this commission, is in agreement for a framework for accountability and funding.”

Click here to read the full article by Karen Langley and Mary Niederberger published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (November 15, 2012).

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