SLIPPERY ROCK (KDKA) — Students, faculty and administration at Slippery Rock University are sending a message to Harrisburg.
They held a rally against Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed budget cuts to higher education.
The budget would cut funding at 14 state institutions in half from $465 million to $232 million, resulting in massive cuts in programs outside the classroom.
“Athletics, all those things that add to the environment of the university, but aren’t engaged in the academic part of it,” Provost Bill Williams said.
The proposed cuts would also take a toll on university employees.
“The current proposed budget is actually the equivalent of a 131 positions at Slippery Rock University,” Jace Condravy, a faculty member, said. “Those may not all be faculty positions, but certainly faculty will be included.”
Similar protests were held on the campuses of all 14 state-owned universities. They’re urging students to fill out post cards and send them to their legislators, urging them to stop the cuts before the budget is passed.