"If these trends continue," Chancellor Nordenberg writes, "Pittsburgh will soon have the ironic distinction of being America's best-educated city while sitting in the state that is least supportive of higher education. However…should that occur, neither that circumstance nor Pittsburgh's 'new renaissance' likely would last for long."
"When you are thinking about ways to help create a better world, investing in education and research is a top priority," Nordenberg said. He said the country is on a dangerous path if it continues to not make a more significant investment in research and education.
"Whether university research will receive support sufficient for it to remain a driver of future economic prosperity will become clearer…as our elected representatives in Washington continue to deal with sequestration and other federal funding issues and as our elected representatives in Harrisburg craft a state budget for the next fiscal year," Chancellor Nordenberg writes in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed.
The academic year that brought Pitt to the 225th anniversary of its founding was a time of both trials and triumphs.
Overall state funding would be reduced by less than one-tenth of 1 percent or $22.456 million. The cuts proposed just for Pitt are more than double that amount.
RESOLVED, that the members of the Board of Trustees do hereby reaffirm their belief that further reductions to the University's state support, as recently proposed, should be eliminated…
Unfortunately, what almost certainly will prove to be most memorable about 2012 is that an already brutal budget year has been made far worse by another proposal for deep and disproportionate cuts.
"The sad but inevitable result of these dramatic cuts is either the shifting of costs to students and their families through tuition increases or a reduction in the quality of university programs," Provost Emeritus James V. Maher writes in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette op-ed.
“Put most simply, it is not possible for any university to sustain public university tuition rates if it is not supported like a public university,” Chancellor Nordenberg tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Chancellor Nordenberg, trustees chair Stephen Tritch, Carnegie Mellon University's president, and others gave presentations to committee members.
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Middle States Commission Comments on Pitt's State Funding
Reducing public support for Pitt threatens the University as well as the region's economy, the Middle States Commission warned in its accreditation report.
"To the outside observer," recent cuts in Pitt's state funding have gone "beyond bone to marrow," the commission wrote. Learn more »
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