Temple U. Head Urges Public Response To Corbett’s Education Budget Cuts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s budget proposal for 2011-2012 cuts funding to state colleges in half (see related story).

Temple University vice president Ken Lawrence says the school was expecting the governor’s budget to cut funding, but he says the school wasn’t prepared for a “profound” reduction of 50 percent to universities in the commonwealth — including Penn State, Pitt, Lincoln University, and Temple.

Lawrence says Temple received $172 million last year.  This budget would provide only $80 million and would force some serious belt-tightening, he says.

“It would have to be a combination of a tuition increase, program cuts, jobs.  We’d have to look at everything across the board,” Lawrence believes.

In the meantime, university president Ann Weaver Hart, in a video on the school web site, is calling on students, staff, and alumni to contact their state legislators.

“I am asking each and every one of you to take action,” Temple’s president says in her video.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • johnny1

    Ask the Presidents of the colleges and the Professors why they expect the people to jump in there and protect the schools from cuts when they are making anywhere from 150,000 to 250,000 DOLLARS a year.
    I saw the figures in the local newspaper stating HOW MUCH MONEY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Pay these people. Unbelievable…..

    • http://hermionethebooklover.wordpress.com hermionethebooklover

      Teachers deserve the money they earn; they work sixty plus hours a week. Get your facts before you judge them too harshly.

  • hoofin

    What they need to do is look at how much they are really spending for something called Temple Japan Campus. The head guy there says the campus makes money, but apparently only because the main campus the rent for the downtown Tokyo space. Easily $1 million savings right there, no effect on Temple students who don’t go overseas.

  • bottomline

    Monetary considerations aside, I’ve been wondering if all this education is necessary. My query began when a local card shop advertised for a cashier, who “must be a high school graduate.” Why? Even a high school drop out can work a cash register. Before computers, I hired many 15-16 year old kids to serve customers, make change and operate the cash register, and they did a fine job. How many jobs really require a college education? Even more so today, considering the availability of computer programs, where complicated functions can be performed by those with a high school level education, or even less. Frankly, I think families are wasting their money by over educating their children. Most people I’ve known whom needed further education later in life, attended night schools. Needless to say, some children have definite higher scholastic goals in mind, for them college is the way to go, but people don’t need a college degree to fry eggs or sell home appliances.

  • Silence Dogood

    “Tighten belts?” Tighten belts means not going out to eat weekly, turning off lights when not in the room, turning the heat down a degree or two. What does that save in a year? Maybe one or two thousand dollars a year for a family that likely makes well over $50,000 a year. That’s about a 4% cut-back, the governor is asking universities to cut 53.5% of their budget! That would be like taking a family and doubling the amount they owe in taxes per year. If you made $50,000 yearly, and pay 30% in taxes, you would normally have $35,000 after taxes. The same cut as Corbet proposes would be equivalent to only having $16,275 after taxes? Could you live on that? No, you couldn’t and neither could a university, the public school system, hospitals, all three Corbet plans to cut upwards of 50% of their funding. If you don’t want the hospital there when you fall ill, then Corbett is your man! If you don’t want education for your children, then Corbett is your man! Is it excessive for a professor educating thousands of students a year to make $40,000? I would think that 90% of the people reading this article make more than the professors at Temple, or more than teachers in your school district.

    Wake up, education is the wave of the future. It is nearly impossible to find a job out of high school. In fact it is harder than ever to find a job with only a Bachelor’s degree. To be competitive in today’s economy it is almost essential to have an upper-level degree, but hey let’s make it so our children do not have to ability to compete against the rest of the world because education is ob-seen. I mean why would we want to be intelligent? It does not improve our chances of getting a good job right?

    So next time you go bashing the education system and medicaid/healthcare system, think about where your kids go to school. Public or private schools all are funded by the state, would you want the school to not have up-to-date technology to teach your children? Do you not want your children to go to college and receive the education that they need to compete in today’s economy? When you are retired and cannot afford a health-care plan, do you want medicaid so you can get the treatment that could save your life? Then stop thinking these programs are bad and realize cutting 50% of a budget will cripple, if not kill the program and it will no longer be there for you when you need it or want it.

    • Lee

      It is not a cut of 50% to their budget. They collect funds from tuition, grants, and investments as well. It is a big cut, but lets not exaggerate. Cuts are warranted, but I want to see them applied fairly to ALL State workers.

      • 'Junct Rebellion

        I agree that a fair application must be made. Ann Weaver Hart is earning over $600,000 a year, is given a condo on Rittenhouse Square worth millions of dollars, has a car and driver plus $75,000/year in deferred compensation. Administrators at Temple now outnumber faculty. And as for faculty, close to 70% of them are hired semester-by-semester, as contract workers with no job security or benefits, earning less than $20,000/year. Students are being taught more and more by Teaching Assistants and “peer” teachers (undergrads paid a pittance). So how about if we start demanding the reduction of administrative jobs, a 50% reduction in the bloated compensation for Hart herself, and a return to equitable pay and job security for the faculty who are actually there to teach the students?

    • Troy

      Money does not equal education success. We spend more on education than every other country in the world, but are ranked in the 50s. Get your facts straight. Additionally, this is not a 50% budget cut for Temple, or any state school, it is a 50% budget cut from the state. I, for one, would rather depend on my own skills, than continue getting handouts from the State that couuld end at any moment.

  • Mackenzie

    Temple and other universities gets plenty of funding from celebrities like Bill Cosby and politicians, etc. If all the colleges stop paying high salaries and make the Pres. and the VP live in their own house, not the university housing, then they’ll have funds.

    • TU_

      not enough to cover that loss they need the funding to keep the tuition at the current rate . its has tripled in the past decade so they do not need to increase

  • BC

    I have a novel approach. Cut the salaries of the professors, teachers and administrators to sensible amounts, eliminate the lucrative pensions and healthcare benefits, give them 401k accounts like everyone else, and stop the free education for immigrants (that come here loaded but plead destitution).

    • Junct Rebellion

      Before you talk about cutting faculty salaries, perhaps you should research what has happened to university faculty in the U.S. Over the last 30 years, more and more of the professors teaching our students are hired part-time, semester by semester, and earn wages at or below poverty rates. Nationwide, about 70% of all college faculty is “contingent”. Universities have become corporatized, with a bloated managerial class. 401k accounts? Most faculty don’t have any benefits at all. Many of them are on food stamps. It’s the American universities’ dirty little secret.

  • Davemm

    Yes, let’s go back and have college be what it used to be – strictly the province of the well-to-do. Why should the middle class be allowed to afford college?

  • Alec

    Liberals never miss a chance to spread hatred. President Ann Weaver Hart will be much happier when the state is bankrupt and no one has a job or a paycheck.

    Hey President Ann, it’s over, your democratic pal Ed Rendell is gone and with him goes the out of control spending, the excess waste and insane waste of time analyzing Eagles games. Goodbye Fast Eddie, perhaps Ann Hart should follow.

  • botomline

    We’re all being asked to tighten our belts, why should Temple be different? The first argument is always about cutting back on programs, why not talk about cutting salaries, or is the administrative and teaching staff immune to reality.

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