Approval of Future Tuition Planning Recommendations
       
The Task Force on Tuition was established by President Spanier in July 2001 as it was recognized that the University's teaching, research, and outreach missions depend on adequate and consistent financing. To meet Penn State's strategic goals, the Task Force's charge was to consider realistic projections of a range of tuition increase options that may be necessary over the next five years to support the competitiveness of the University as a premier institution. The final Report of the Tuition Task Force, April, 2002, was presented to the Board of Trustees at its meeting in May 2002.

Will the Committee on Finance and Physical Plant recommend to the Board of Trustees adoption of the following resolutions: 
       
        WHEREAS, it is recognized that Penn State is seriously underfunded, operating with fewer dollars per student than its peer institutions in Pennsylvania and in the Big 10; and    
       
        WHEREAS, it is recognized that Penn State ranks at the top of its peer group in administrative efficiency, delivering the same or greater services for less cost; and
       
        WHEREAS, it is recognized that Penn State has, over the past decade, continually undertaken a major program of internal budget recycling and reallocation and has maximized any efficiencies; and
       
        WHEREAS, it is recognized that private support, such as funds provided from A Grand Destiny, The Penn State Campaign, provides funds for the margin of excellence in the University's academic programs and vital support for its students, but does not provide for basic operating costs; and
       
        WHEREAS, President Graham B. Spanier charged the Task Force on Tuition to develop recommendations regarding tuition alternatives and strategy for the purposes of maintaining and improving the quality of the educational experience for its students; and
       
        WHEREAS, the Task force on Tuition provided its report to President Spanier and reviewed it with the Board of Trustees at the May 2002 meeting; and
       
        WHEREAS, based on the findings of the Task Forces on Tuition, general recommendations as well as specific recommendations for 2003-04 and 2004-05 were developed and are embodied in the document Future Tuition Planning;
       
        THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University commends the Task Force on Tuition for its careful review of this complex issue and for developing a strategy to address the financial exigencies confronting the University;
       
        FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees endorses and approves the recommendations set forth in the document, Future Tuition Planning, presented to the Board of Trustees on July 11, 2002, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
       
        RESOLVED, That the President of the University is hereby authorized to initiate any and all steps that are necessary or desirable to implement these resolutions.
       
See Attachment 1      

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