Harrisburg Education Takes Financial Responsibility Seriously
Throughout America, there is a serious college debt issue. Indeed, recent figures show that the nationwide debt is approaching $1 trillion. As well, it seems that now, higher education is also going fueling this educational financial crisis. But in Harrisburg, the city does not appear to be falling into that same trap. Indeed, the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) seems to be going in quite the opposite direction which will enable all those in the finance sector of the city to breathe a sigh of relief, especially given Harrisburg’s other monetary issues as of late.
Next month, the school will be marking the founding of its decade anniversary. Last month, Jeff Selingo (from The Chronicle of Higher Education), mentioned the institute in a series on those bodies that “defy stale, burdensome academic traditions.” What HU should be proud of, is how it has really focused on its academic and educational core, rather than getting side-tracked by all the extra-curricular activities that ultimately seem to lead educational institutes into debt. It did this through a few different measures such as: getting rid of tenure, academic departments, dorming options and sporting teams; and encouraging corporate involvement as a money-saving educational-focused effort. Through this, the HU has been successful in focusing on its education and “fulfill[ing] its mission as an economic driver in the heart of Harrisburg.”