How do you think the November 14, 2012
“REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education”
will affect our local universities especially as concerns the “consolidation and elimination of programs and/or
institutions and their locations in the Commonwealth“,
“The assessment should include all sectors of postsecondary education in the Commonwealth including delivery at the Career and Technical Centers, Community Colleges, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), private and state-relatedinstitutions.”?Are we trying to save Pennsylvania money, or are we trying to reorganize our local schools to tighten state’s control? I do not teach music because I love money, but because I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the development of my students‘ music, thus influencing many other parts of life like worldview, theology, family, and values. With this trust comes a responsibility to be honest to my students and to my God, regardless of the money I make (or do not make) in the process. In my teaching experience, small, or individual lessons are best for fine arts, but small classes are usually under attack with consolidation. Also, as an independent teacher, I have the freedom to choose curriculum tailored to a student’s needs. With assessments and funding requirements for the above mentioned types of schools, I believe that freedom may be crimped for teachers in the average Pennsylvania university. Finally, If universities consolidate classes, students may find themselves driving 50 miles, or more, instead of walking to class. The personal financial strain may prove too much for far too many local students, forcing them to discontinue their education or find alternative solutions for post secondary education.
Read this and let me know what you think!
- Pennsylvania university system rejects contract arbitration, could lead to faculty strike (triblive.com)
- Faculties at Pennsylvania state universities overwhelmingly say they’ll strike if necessary (pennlive.com)
- UPDATE: PASSHE faculty gives authority to call a strike (whptv.com)
- Gov. Corbett’s commission on post -secondary education completes study (whptv.com)
- Pennsylvania plan would tie new college funding to performance targets (philly.com)
- State professors union authorizes strike (goerie.com)