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5/16/2012 —

The Penn State Grassroots Network is urging its members to sign up for higher education hearings that will be held in May and June by Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education.
 
The Commission seeks input on higher education from students, parents, businesses, postsecondary institutions and others.

To make comments at any of five hearings across the state, members of the public must sign up for a hearing online in advance, or email comments to the Commission. 

The Network hopes that strong Penn State voices will be heard during this public comment process and suggests volunteers emphasize that:

 
  • an education at a research university like Penn State often has practical applications that benefit not only students but also the Commonwealth at large.
  • direct state support helps make a Penn State education affordable, especially in science and technology majors.
  • Penn State’s 19 undergraduate campuses across the state help make a Penn State education accessible to location-bound and working students.  

According to its website, the Commission’s purpose is to “make recommendations related to the establishment and maintenance of a robust and responsive postsecondary education system in the Commonwealth for the twenty-first century to serve the students and citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Specifically, the Commission seeks comments from various constituencies on workforce needs, accessibility, affordability, collaboration and governance issues.

A hearing in Philadelphia will be held on Friday, June 1, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Global Philadelphia Association/Reed Smith LLC, 2500 One Liberty Place.

Other hearings will be held on May 17 in Harrisburg; June 14 in Pittsburgh and West Middlesex; and June 28 in Wilkes-Barre.

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