This morning Pres. Scott testified before the Senate Ways and Means Education Budget Subcommittee as to the strong current state of the University and our ambitious vision for the future. The president outlined our past and current successes, our plan for the future and the University’s support for Governor Brownback’s higher education budget. This testimony is an essential part of the budget process and will hopefully help secure stable funding, along with growth in the new polymer chemistry program, at PSU.
During the presentation Dr. Scott highlighted our strong enrollment growth (6.3% since 2006), financial stability, efficiency and strategic growth areas. Development of the new polymer chemistry degree program, in which the Governor proposed continued investment, was highlighted along with commercialization efforts at the KPRC and strategic recruitment into NW Arkansas and the new Gorilla Edge 150% tuition pricing in all of MO, AR, OK, and TX.
Of specific interest to committee members were the strategic partnerships and University’s commitment to encouraging economic development throughout SEK and the entire state. Of particular interest were innovative partnerships with private corporations, community colleges, along with Crawford county and the City of Pittsburg. The recent decision by the Pittsburg City Commission to join Crawford Co. and private donors to help build the new Indoor Event Center at PSU was highlighted as a model for partnership and innovative growth. Securing a unanimous vote on such a proposal demonstrated the unique nature our the University’s relationship with the Pittsburg community.
Budget recommendations from the subcommittee are expected tomorrow morning. President Scott will testify before the House Appropriations Education Budget Subcommittee on February 20th