• Kutztown University student advocates
  • East Stroudsburg University student advocates
  • California University student advocates
  • Bloomsburg University student advocates
  • Clarion University student advocates
  • Shippensburg University student advocates
  • Lock Haven University student advocates
  • Slippery Rock University student advocates
  • West Chester University student advocates

2021-22 Advocacy Resource Center

Partnering for Student Success

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Partner with Us!

Whether you are a student, faculty/staff member, trustee, or a graduate, you can speak to the impact of a State System education. Every month, join us in sharing why extraordinary state support is critical for student success and the economic and social vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities and the Commonwealth.

ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN:  Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

While the State System is fundamentally retooling itself to increase opportunities for students and to ensure our institutions are here to serve Pennsylvanians for decades to come, a stronger renewed partnership between the System and the General Assembly is critical to the System’s pursuit of transformation and growth, further strengthening universities’ financial stability and making more affordable and accessible a State System education.

We can make the greatest difference for Pennsylvania students and our institutions when we work together. Help advance the System’s public mission of access and affordability and request for increased state support. Share news and messages promoting the impact and value of a State System education with your social networks and building relationships with state legislators.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23, the State System is seeking:

  • A historic general appropriation increase of 15% ($73 million) to $550 million to more fully respond to the State System’s and universities’ real running costs.
  • $201 million in direct state funding to reclaim our affordability advantage, reducing the financial burden on students.

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Why Your Support Matters

Download and print out our "leave-behind" document.

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Take Action!

​Here’s how to take action and support the State System:

Find your legislator
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December Monthly Theme: Student affordability​​

State System universities know what works to motivate students to successfully navigate their college experience. From emergency financial aid to wraparound student support services and more, university practices help State System students stay in college and complete their degrees at rates that consistently outperform similar institutions. And community college transfer students outperform students who enrolled directly from high school. In the coming decade though, a growing number of jobs within the state will require a bachelor’s degree. To tackle this challenge, bold investment in the System is the surest way to enhance support for students and staff, help drive completion, and meet the state’s educational attainment goals.

  • For the 2020-21 academic year, State System universities conferred nearly 24,000 degrees and certificates in high-demand areas like STEM, health, business, and education. Over 760,000 degrees and certificates have been conferred since the inception of the System in 1983. 
  • As a result of Systemwide goal alignment and comprehensive planning, the State System consistently outperforms national 4-year public institutions with State System 2nd year retention at about 79%. 
  • State System 6-year graduation rates are also higher than the national 4-year public institution, averaging 60% compared to 51%.
  • The average federal student loan 3-year cohort default rate for State System students is currently 5.8% compared to the national public 4-year at 5.4% with the national 4-year at 7.3%.
  • On average, first-time State System students are covering almost 40% of their annual costs (tuition, fees, room, and board) through student loans (federal and private loans).
  • Students transferring into a State System university from a Pennsylvania community college continues to be 12% of the new student population even during declining enrollment.
  • Transfer students persist at State System universities at a higher rate than non-transfer students. In Fall 2021, the second-year persistence rate for transfer students was 5.2 percentage points higher than for non-transfers.

Supporting messages 

  • Pennsylvania is experiencing a chronic and severe “talent gap” that is starving employers of the educated workforce they need to remain competitive in Pennsylvania. 
  • Today 60% of Pennsylvania jobs require workers with some higher education, while only 50.7% of Pennsylvania adults have some higher education. 
  • The talent gap exists across economic sectors: from trades and services through health care, agribusiness, financial services, IT, advanced manufacturing, energy, education, and other areas. 
  • The talent gap is growing: between 2020 and 2030 the Commonwealth will need to close the gap and award 5.5% more associate’s degrees, 8.1% more bachelor’s degrees, 15.7% more master’s degrees, 6%more doctoral degrees, and 4% more postsecondary nondegree credentials. 
  • For State System universities to contribute their current share of credentials toward closing the state’s talent gap, they will need to annually award 2,000 more bachelor’s degrees and 1,200 more master’s degrees. (As of 2019-20, they awarded just over 17,000 bachelor’s and 5,000 master’s annually.) 
  • Unless the talent gap is filled (which can only be achieved by improving the educational attainment level of low- and middle-income, underrepresented, and adult workers) the Commonwealth will be unable to fill the jobs necessary for economic growth. 

Monthly Themes​​​​

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Student Success Initiatives Enrollment and Academics Student Experience Affordability Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Advocacy Guide

A Guide to Meeting with Your Legislators

Be prepared with everything you’ll need to know to advocate for the State System including requesting a meeting, preparing for a meeting, telling your story, and delivering your message. 

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Graphic Toolkit

Use this toolkit of downloadable campaign posters, banners, State System logos, and brand graphics throughout the #Together4PASSHE Advocacy Campaign.

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