Mar. 21, 2023

State-related universities in Pennsylvania include The University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Temple, and Lincoln Universities

On March 21st, 2023, President Brenda A. Allen, (Lincoln University), President Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D., (Penn State University), Chancellor Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, (University of Pittsburgh), and President Dr. Jason Wingard, (Temple University) appeared before the House Appropriations Committee. House Republicans focused on the cost of tuition, where tax dollars are spent, and how the Universities are meeting the needs of the workforce. Additional topics covered include the management of university hospitals, transparency, safety of students, and performance-based budgeting.

Key Takeaways

As tuition costs continue to rise, House Republicans believe state money should be used to reduce tuition.

House Republicans will continue to push our State-Related Universities to base their educational programs to benefit the economy of Pennsylvania. Degrees are needed to fill the jobs available.

In order to alleviate student debt, House Republicans believe it is imperative State-Related Universities step up to help students graduate in four years and control their costs.

House Republicans believe State-Related Universities should be subject to full compliance with Right-to-Know laws.

Notable Q&A

Rep. Zach Mako asks all State-Related Universities to talk about their efforts to ensure students graduate in four years.

Rep. Ryan Warner asks the State-Related Universities if they would subject themselves to Right-to-Know laws and if the governor’s 7% increase is enough to freeze tuition for next year.

Watch the full hearing

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Review provided by Rep. Seth Grove, Republican Appropriations Chairman
196th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives