University leaders are always looking for new ways to effectively communicate with faculty and staff. In a new video feature, Penn State leaders are answering your questions. This week, David Gray, senior vice president for Finance and Business, talks about physician choice in the upcoming Penn State health care plans.
Penn State Capital Day takes place March 22 and brings together the Penn State community and Pennsylvania elected officials, with a high-energy rally in the Capitol rotunda capping the day’s events. You can join the conversation online by using #PSUCapitalDay on social media.
Penn State’s leadership weighed in today (March 17) following the release of the White House’s 2018 budget blueprint, which among other things calls for significant reductions in federal aid to low-income students and critical research grant funding that drives innovation and economic activity. Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations, and other leaders, are in touch with Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation as debate on the budget begins.
Penn State president Eric J. Barron addressed the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on March 1. Barron emphasized the critical importance of Penn State’s long-term partnership with the Commonwealth, and underscored the university’s role as an economic driver for Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Sept. 15) recommended for approval a 2017-18 budget request that seeks a $25.3 million increase from the state in the University’s Education and General appropriation, for a total of $350.5 million in support.
In early June, the University secured an extremely favorable interest rate in the sale of its $351.9 million (par value) public bonds, as part of its financing of several building projects on multiple campuses.
The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (July 21) recommended a University budget, and tuition and fees schedule. This year’s proposed 1.76 percent base aggregate tuition increase for undergraduate Pennsylvania residents is among the lowest at the University in 50 years and includes no increase for resident students at eight Penn State Commonwealth Campuses. This follows last year’s action to freeze base tuition for all in-state undergraduate students.
Pennsylvania’s legislature today (July 13) has passed, and Gov. Tom Wolf has signed, the final pieces of the Commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget. The budget includes increases of 2.5 percent for Penn State’s general support appropriation; the University’s Agricultural Research and Extension programs; and Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Penn State President Eric J. Barron on May 19 sent a wide-ranging message to University employees, highlighting significant accomplishments — such as Invent Penn State — and opening the conversation on a series of upcoming challenges, including budget deliberations and possible salary increases.
Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (May 5) recommended for approval an interim maintenance and operating budget of slightly more than $4.89 billion. The full board will vote on the recommendation at its meeting on Friday (May 6).
President Eric J. Barron, Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones, and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David J. Gray have shared a message with the University community following the recent resolution of the impasse over the state's 2015-16 budget. "If there ever has been a perfect example of Penn Staters living the University’s values," they wrote, "this experience was it."
After an extended budget stalemate, a supplemental state budget bill that includes increased funding for Penn State and Pennsylvania’s other state-related universities for the 2015-16 budget year will become law.
Pennsylvania State Senators David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Judy Schwank (D-Berks) will visit Penn State Berks for a “Lunch with Legislators” program, organized by the Penn State Berks Student Government Association.
Without action to release appropriations that are eight months overdue, there will be profound changes to four universities that together educate more than 110,000 Pennsylvanians each year. That was the clear message Wednesday (March 2) from leaders of Penn State, Temple, Lincoln and the University of Pittsburgh during their appropriations hearings before the House and Senate, and in a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda.
At a meeting of Penn State's Board of Trustees on Feb. 26, President Eric Barron outlined the projected, irreversible impact of Harrisburg's budget stalemate on the University's Agricultural Research and Extension operations. If state appropriations for the programs, which provide a wide range of critical services to the agricultural community in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, are not approved before May, Barron said 1,100 positions could be lost statewide. State lawmakers and the governor have not for the past eight months been able to come to agreement on the state budget, holding up funding for the Commonwealth's four state-related universities, a combined amount of more than $600 million. For Penn State, not only is its education funding in jeopardy, but also its funding for agricultural activities across the state.