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Smart Talk: Millersville University President John Anderson

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 25, 2015 12:18 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 26, 2015:

Gov. Tom Wolf has called on Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities to freeze tuitions.  The governor's request is not mandatory and so far the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the universities themselves have not committed to holding the line on tuitions.

However, Wolf described his appeal for not hiking tuition rates as a trade-off.  That's because he also proposes an 11% increase in state funding to the state-owned universities.

Millersville University President John Anderson has been quoted as saying he can't promise a tuition freeze either.

Anderson, who has led the Lancaster County campus for the last year, is a guest on Thursday's Smart Talk.

Among the other topics we'll address with President Anderson are student debt, fraternities, diversity of the student population, and challenges students face.

Pennsylvania has the nation's third highest average student debt load at more than $32,500.

Recent unsavory revelations about fraternities on several campuses across the country have left  many institutions paying close attention to Greek Life.  We'll ask Anderson about fraternities and sororities at Millersville. 

Another topic to be addressed is how students are being prepared for the careers and jobs of today and in the future.

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Dr. John Anderson

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:08

    John from Carlisle emails:
    Please address the outrageous salaries many professors and administrative staff receive.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:22

    John from Carlisle emails:
    Please address the outrageous salaries many professors and administrative staff receive.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:23

    John in Cumberland Valley emails:

    Millersville's recent change to per credit tuition model is basically a tuition increase. Will you consider freezing that if all else stays equal and Gov. budget succeeds?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:26

    Cynthia from Harrisburg emails:

    Why does Millersville not have a male swim team?

    I have a high school junior who is a swimmer and was surprised to find that you do not have a male swim team.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:38

    Tom in Carlisle emails:

    When I entered college, I wanted to do one thing, but found out it wasn't what I expected. I changed major, as 50% do, and got a degree in something I now love.

    Jobs are not promised. It is up to you to go find a job. I am in my fourth permement job and have been here 30 years. I found my ideal job.

    Without tax subsidies, I could not have afforded college. I do not know where I would have ended up.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-26 08:43

    Debra from Carlisle emails:
    1) Faculty salaries Are tied directly to performance. Salaries are tied to rank and one cannot move up in rank without demonstrating significant consistent high performance.
    2) The general public is usually unaware of the training and education required to be a college professor. I went to school for 4 years of college , 3 years for a Masters degree and 5 more for my doctorate. All of that costs a lot of money. Plus I work approximately 60 hours every week, every week of the year. I have earned every cent of my salary. When the caller, John, can demonstrate an equal amount higher education, and an equal number of hours worked, he has the right to criticize my hard earned salary.

    Please stand up for us, President Anderson.

  • Charles img 2015-03-26 08:46

    Mr. Anderson said he changed his major four times. My question is how can a student now afford to change there major four times ? College education has increased and vastly surpassed the median income across the United States. Would it be more beneficial for a student to complete a trade at maybe Community College, work in a field and when they are able to afford it go back to college as they working ? It may take longer to get a 4yr degree but they would be able to afford it because they now have a solid, sustainable income.

  • Ckent img 2015-03-26 19:18

    I felt angry about the derogatory comment stating that poor students only take 12 credits and rich kids take 18. Neither of my parents graduated from college, and they never had more than a minimum wage job. I was never told about financial aid, and even if i had known about it, my parents surely would have refused to fill out a FAFSA form because it is very confusing and intimidating. I worked two part time jobs all the time i was in college, and i had to commute, on public transportation, over an hour each way, every day, because i could not afford a car. The least number of credits i took in a semester was 18, and one semester i took 35 credits. I did graduate in two years, magna cum laude, and so I guess my state college did not make very much money from me. However, I could never have afforded to pay by the credit and I think that young people who want to make the most of their time while in school, to save as much money as they can, should not be penalized, or placed in fake categories.