Drain vs. Gain: Attracting and Retaining More
College Students in PA
12, 2013- Tom Joseph
With the theory that college students from other states can be a benefit to
students who live in Pennsylvania, a state lawmaker wants to give colleges and
universities here some flexibility setting out-of-state tuition rates.
Rep. Greg Lucas says attracting more students to Pennsylvania campuses helps
those schools in terms of increased enrollment and the need for more on-campus
jobs. And he says it also can help retain both students and graduates.
happening in Pennsylvania is, we're ending up with a brain drain," Lucas
maintains. "Good students are leaving the Commonwealth because they can't
find jobs or [are] going to other schools because it's cheaper for them or the
few years have been trying ones for higher education in Pennsylvania.
Corbett, in his first year in office, proposed cutting state funding by 50
percent for the state's 18, four-year public institutions. The Legislature cut
those reductions down to between 18 and 19 percent.
managed to negate lofty cuts proposed last year by a promise to keep tuition
increases at or below the rate of inflation.
says while a Board of Governors currently sets tuition rates for all students
at state-owned universities, his bill would let individual schools decide on
those rates, as long as tuition for out-of-state students is at least as much
as it is for students from Pennsylvania.
what we're trying to do is we're trying to get brain gain," he explains.
"We're trying to bring those students into Pennsylvania from other states,
other countries, and trying to keep them in Pennsylvania to create jobs and to
work in Pennsylvania."