Pa. universities get flexibility on tuition rates

from AP, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/24/14

HARRISBURG – The board that oversees Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities gave the green light Thursday for experiments that could give individual campuses more flexibility in setting tuition and fees.

The State System of Higher Education board approved two-year pilot projects at West Chester University and four other schools. Each project also requires approval from the individual universities.

Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the system, called the pricing concept “a major potential sea change” that would provide schools with much-needed flexibility.

“We are working to achieve a better balance between systemwide coordination and local decision-making, which will allow each of our universities to leverage its own strengths to advance the institution and the entire system,” Brogan said.

Projects were approved at California, Clarion, Edinboro, and East Stroudsburg Universities, along with West Chester, system officials said.

West Chester proposes a 10 percent tuition discount for students who take its courses at the system’s location in Philadelphia….

Read more at Philadelphia Inquirer


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