Senate Panel to Hold Hearing in State College on Higher Education Issues

The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Jake Corman (R-34), will hold the first of a series of public hearings on the role of the Commonwealth’s state-related universities – beginning with the Pennsylvania State University – on Wednesday, September 7, in State College, PA.  The hearing will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 217 of the Forest Resources Building on the Penn State Campus.

Penn State is one of Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities, meaning that it receives state funds but is independently operated. It shares this status with Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University.

Corman said the committee will hear testimony from Penn State President Graham Spanier and other university officials on a variety of topics, including the impact of the state budget on the university’s operation.

“Our goal is to learn more about how the state-related universities operate and their role in our higher education system,” Corman said.  “Like our other institutions of higher learning, they have been forced to do more with less during these difficult fiscal times – these hearings will give the state-relateds an opportunity to talk about how they are meeting these challenges.”

CONTACT: Anna Fitzsimmons