Anne Riley, Ballot Position No. 22

Anne Riley ’64, ’75g Lib
English Teacher
Boalsburg, Pa.

Read Riley’s official bio and position statement here (PDF download).

Answers to Questions

1. In view of sharply declining state appropriations, what steps should Penn State be taking to secure its financial future?

Penn State’s academic units and service divisions have practiced lean and mean budget reductions each year the appropriation has been reduced. I support the continued review of eliminating duplicate academic offerings and under-enrolled classes. Using the University’s Strategic Plan (2009-2014), we must work for a balance of classroom experience and online education for each student.

2. The rising cost of tuition nationally is making college less affordable for many students. Outline the steps you believe Penn State should be taking to address the issue.

Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses provide students with excellent courses of study in or near their home communities. Often four-year degree programs are available but always with the option of transfer to University Park for completion of a degree. We need to design courses that fit the needs of each community and campus and create an overall balance of academic offerings in one university geographically dispersed.

3. What form should Penn State’s land-grant mission take in the 21st century?

Penn State’s fulfillment of the Land Grant Mission serves the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania well while it also reaches out globally. A major research university must encourage its students and faculty to engage in critical research and service learning. Our students advance when they are subject to academic rigor and given sound training. Then they are ready to reach out to help others.

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  • 1. Rachael Ramsey  |  April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Goodbye

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