(Photo Caption: LHU Students Meet with Representative and LHU alumnus Mike Hanna to discuss funding for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Pictured L-R: Back Row: Trevor Dietz, Rep. Mike Hanna, Ricky Reinberg, Landon Allen; Front Row: Cimone Weeks, Kristen Nealon, Breanna McDonald)
For two days last week, Lock Haven University students and administrators participated in the annual State System Advocacy Days where more than 100 students of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) met with state legislators. Advocacy Days has become, under Chancellor Brogan, an effort to share the significant milestones the State System has achieved during the past year and an effort to garner continued investment in public higher education from state legislators.
This year’s focus was all about funding. According to PASSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan, the funding the Commonwealth provides to the State System each year represents an important investment in the state’s future. A recent state system impact study revealed that for every $1 investment to the state system, there is a return of about $11 to the state’s economy. The system is directly responsible for more than 62,000 jobs across the Commonwealth.
Lock Haven University is not alone in producing graduates who contribute to the regional and state economies, “From business owners, to healthcare workers, to teachers, LHU Alumni are well represented in their professions across this region,” says, Lock Haven University President Dr. Michael Fiorentino. He adds, “Advocating for an equitable piece of the budgetary pie is very important. We have serious challenges on our campuses that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner.”
Serving more than 100,000 degree-seeking students, the state system is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Lock Haven University is part of the system and has seen continuous reductions in funding from the state. Lock Haven University students had a chance to speak directly to the state legislators about the impact of the university on their lives. “Lock Haven University has given me an opportunity to not just dream, but realize my career goals because of its affordability,” says Landon Allen, a senior Biology major. “Speaking directly to legislators is an honor because of the opportunity to share the importance of the impact Lock Haven University has had on my education.”
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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