The State System Of Higher Education

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The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has, for decades, provided an opportunity for students of all backgrounds to pursue higher education. PASSHE has been an institution that allows students to gain knowledge, experience and skills that can be applied to not only variables within their major concentration but also within their everyday life. The state system has, for generations, developed the traditional and nontraditional student’s critical thinking and awareness that allows these individuals to become contributing members of society whether it be through monetary gains or social and environmental sustainability. However, through many different outputs the state system is being threatened and faces problems that may…show more content…
This means a major decline for almost all universities programing as well as environmental change to each school. This recent decline in the state budgeting system primarily affects faculty, staff and students. Reasoning why a few Passhe schools had to make cuts in their faculty and staffing rosters. Getting rid of professors draws a two way deficit on both the programing system and students. Most programs have been cut due to recent budgeting declining. Without a representative being able to teach the subject, it no longer has any use to the department. Meanwhile, students then have to be condensed in larger class sizes for the remaining professors to teach them. Unfortunately, this brings a significant drawback on each university, making it unsatisfying by some high school graduates who look into specific career paths which are no longer an option. Enrollment is the next issue which continues to harm the Passhe system. State funding being second to 70 percent of tuition dollars, is where all universities under the Passhe branch will receive most of their funding. As we discussed earlier on how the state system budgeting can affect Passhe. Enrollment is another significant factor as well. When addressing enrollment, we must first look at the loss of many high school graduates. Most high school graduates are either exposed to two things, being opportunity cost or traditional learning. The opportunity cost approach is where most
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