Lock Haven Students Rally For State Funding

Feb 8, 2016

FILE PHOTO: The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, where Monday's rally took place.
Credit Carolyn Kaster / AP

Students and faculty from state-owned universities across the state traveled to Harrisburg to advocate for increased funding for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Lock Haven University students and faculty wearing the school’s colors boarded a bus to the state capitol on Monday. The state system’s faculty union sponsored a bus for each state-owned university to send students, faculty and alumni to advocate for more state funding for higher education.

Matthew Girton, a professor of communication, was among 50 students and faculty members who attended the rally on behalf of Lock Haven University.

“Ninety percent of the students that go to state system schools are Pennsylvanians and then about 75% of those actually stay in the state of Pennsylvania,” Girton said. “So what we’re trying to do is invest in the future of Pennsylvania.”   

Lock Haven is one of 14 universities in the state system that has been affected by stagnant state funding. State-owned universities like Lock Haven, have not seen an increase in funding in several years, but have seen increases in tuition and fees.