Located in Clinton County, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania may be small but certainly let its voice be heard today by way of hundreds of students. Many of these students come from Philadelphia and Bucks County areas and attend Lock Haven University, but face the probability of losing their education due to Governor Corbett wanting to cut spending by 54%.
The rally that was held today at LHU is the biggest one so far among our state’s public higher education schools. Faculty and students spoke out and told their stories on how this budget will not only effect them but each and every one of us.
State Representative Mike Hanna was present at the rally in support of the university, the town, the faculty, and of course, the students. He was greeted with cheers, chants and applause as he opposes Governor Corbett’s budget proposal.
The students, not only at LHU but all over the state are unhappy. They are unhappy because they simply cannot afford school as it is. Their debt and loans are proof. Many students have jobs and go to school full time and some are even on their own with no parental support. Cutting funds for higher education means increasing tuition which is absurd.
Temporary professors throughout the state system of higher education will lose their jobs, it is practically a guarantee. LHU, for example, already has 100 classes that have unassigned where a professor’s name should go for the fall 2011 semester. It is truly unacceptable. Students are worried, especially those who may only have a year left. Cutting funds for education means cutting programs and majors which in turn means that the last three years a student has gone to school means nothing, because now their major is cut and they are forced to drop out.
Governor Corbett is leaving the students behind in his budget proposal. 80% of graduates from LHU stay in the state of Pennsylvania after graduation, this statistic will decrease greatly if the budget proposal is passed. Education is one of the largest majors at LHU, current student teachers will be looking for jobs that they simply will not find because there is no money for any kind of education. It truly is astonishing that Governor Corbett believes this is the way to go.
Shippensburg University and LHU are among two colleges of many headed to Harrisburg on Monday March 28th to rock the capital. Their voices will be heard and there is no doubt that there will be many, many, more supporters right beside them. Stealing our education is a crime, no matter which way you look at it. United we stand but underfunded we fail.