The Political and Economic Landscape for Higher Education

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April 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
508 Rider Building

Zack Moore, Assistant Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Amanda Wintersteen, Director of Federal Relations

Betty Harper, Interim Executive Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment

Nationally, a range of policy issues with serious implications for public higher education are in play. Among topics getting attention are affordability, accessibility, and the cost of attendance; the ability of states to balance funding for higher education with other governmental priorities; attention to campus safety and sexual assault; efforts to establish and implement greater accountability of education and research outcomes; and more. In addition, divided governments in both Harrisburg and Washington require pragmatism and negotiation.

Majorities in both the General Assembly and Congress are focused on state and federal budget deficit reduction, while executive branches of government are focused on spending to improve social issues such as education. Meanwhile, mandatory spending for items such as the state public pension system and federal Social Security put pressure on appropriation lines important to Penn State.

In this Quality Advocates session, the panelists discussed some of the turbulence in the political and economic environment for higher education generally, and more particularly, how Penn State might be affected.

Engagement with attendees and conversation on the issues were important goals for the panelists.

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