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IUP'S DRISCOLL RECEIVES CONTRACT EXTENSION
State System governors ask for increases in state funding

10/18/2013

As they wrapped up their fall meetings yesterday in Harrisburg, the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education approved one-year contract extensions for the presidents of 12 of the 14 state-owned universities, including IUP’s Michael Driscoll, through June 30th 2016.  That’s standard procedure after performance reviews.  Each president receives an initial three-year contract that is annually renewed by a single year.  The presidents of California and Shippensburg are interims, so they are not eligible for renewals. 

 

The governors also endorsed the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, asking for a $16.5 million increase (four percent) in state funding for operating expenses. The State System also asks the state for a one-time allocation of $18 million to allow the universities to retool their academic offerings.  In the last five years, the state-owned schools have introduced 58 new academic programs and placed 158 low-enrollment programs on moratorium.  Forty programs with no enrollment were cut altogether and 90 others were reorganized. 

 

State Representative Jim Christiana, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, said the request for a four percent increase in operating funds seemed “reasonable”, but was less optimistic that the state could come up with the $18 million for the academic program reforms.


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