APSCUF faculty and coaches are advocates for quality public higher education in Pennsylvania. Our organization closely monitors legislative initiatives and state policies that affect our members, our students, and our universities. Check out our current issues page and sign up for our blog to receive the most up-to-date legislative information.

PA Public Pension Reform

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget briefing outlined significant reform measures to Pennsylvania’s two public pensions systems: the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

Approximately 25 percent of APSCUF members have a SERS retirement plan and 8 percent are enrolled in PSERS.

APSCUF believes the outlined pension reform measures are premature and that Governor Corbett needs to allow Act 120 to work. Significant reform measures to reduce the multipliers, increase vesting, modify Option 4, increase normal retirement age and impose a cap on benefits were already achieved through the passage of Act 120. These proposed reformed measures will only result in long court challenges as they will be constitutionally challenged.

Visit our blog to read more about the details of the governor's pension reform plan.

Corbett's Flat-funded Higher Education Plan and Long-Term Performance-based Funding

Gov. Tom Corbett announced a proposal to flat fund state-owned and state-related universities in exchange for their commitment to keep tuition “as low as possible.”

After announcing level funding, Governor Corbett and Department of Education Secretary Ron Tomalis broadly outlined plans to develop a long-term performance-based funding system for higher education stemming from the Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education recommendations released last November.

Providing few specifics other than the fact that tuition/cost control will be a major component of the plan, the governor said that his administration and the Department of Education would be working with the legislature and higher education officials in the coming months to develop their plan. Visit our blog for more details on Governor Corbett's education plan.

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