Last Friday afternoon, Penn State announced its fall 2010 tuition increase numbers. According to their press release, they are increasing tuition by approximately $800 per year (5.9% for tiered freshmen and sophomores). In other words, the Penn State trustees have agreed to fill the gap of almost $100 million that the recently passed state appropriation has generated.
In its report the NCSL examines the financial plight of public colleges and universities across the nation. Particularly telling is the NCSL's analysis of how the states would be faring without the federal stimulus money. Pennsylvania's U.S. legislators must advocate for Senator Harkin's "Keep Our Educators Working Act."
I have been fortunate in the last dozen years to visit London frequently. One of the funny and interesting and characteristic parts of the "London experience" is riding the subway, the "Tube," where you see polyglot denizens and amazing fashion statements.
And you learn, through frequent repetition, to "mind the gap" – that is, pay attention to the empty space between the car and the platform or you may have an accident.