Pennsylvania Tries to Cut Costs

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There’s an update to the story of Pennsylvania’s plan to save money by cutting classes at its public universities: the cuts are really deep. According to an article by Matt Coyne in The Bulletin:

A program review conducted by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE) has recommended many degree programs in the system’s 14 universities either be put on moratorium, discontinued, merged with other majors, or offered in conjunction with other schools.

The union representing the system’s professors, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), contended in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article that the reason the programs were being changed was to cut faculty jobs.

While ultimately eliminating faculty jobs is probably a very efficient way to save money, administrators point out that in most cases the classes students took will still be available, though often in a slightly different form. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer