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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 1, 2014 11:55 AM
From: Representative Ryan P. Aument
To: All House members
Subject: Funding for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
 
I am preparing to introduce legislation to ensure that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology receives an annual funding increase that is at least equal to the increase received by the State-related institutions, Pennsylvania's community colleges, and the State System of Higher Education.

Established in 1905, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is an accredited institution in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, providing students with a well-rounded, two-year technical education. Originally founded by the Commonwealth to benefit indigent orphans, Thaddeus Stevens now serves both tuition-paying and economically disadvantaged students and offers full, need-based scholarships to over two-thirds of its students. With a remarkable 96 percent job-placement rate for the 2010 academic year, the College offers students an excellent opportunity for a solid career and a high quality of life.

To help ensure that Thaddeus Stevens receives sufficient funding to carry out its important mission, my proposal provides that, beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the annual percentage appropriation increase received by Thaddeus Stevens over its appropriation in the immediately preceding fiscal year must, at a minimum, be equal to the higher of the following:

  • The average percentage increase in the appropriation amounts in the next succeeding fiscal year over the final appropriation amounts in the immediately preceding fiscal year for the State-related institutions (i.e., Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University);
  • The percentage increase in the appropriation amount in the next succeeding fiscal year over the final appropriation amount in the immediately preceding fiscal year for community colleges; and
  • The percentage increase in the appropriation amount in the next succeeding fiscal year over the final appropriation amount in the immediately preceding fiscal year for the State System of Higher Education.

In this way, my bill will help make certain that this truly worthwhile institution receives funding that is at least parity with other State-supported institutions of higher education.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Introduced as HB2176