Welcome to the APSCUF students’ page! Here you will find the latest information about how contract negotiations affect you, upcoming events, student-centered projects, contacting your legislator, and APSCUF scholarships and internships.
- Faculty contract negotiations
- United We Stand, Underfunded We Fail: What you can do now
- Register to vote
APSCUF is the voice for a quality public higher education that works to ensure students receive all the educational benefits and opportunities possible from our 14 state colleges and universities. Representing almost 120,000 students from the State System universities, APSCUF is dedicated to keeping students updated through our APSCUF Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages. We're also on Snapchat. Follow us!
Click here to watch a video about how APSCUF provides students with the best education possible.
Faculty contract negotiations
Your professors, coaches, and other faculty members are organized in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. This union negotiates with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to reach a fair collective-bargaining agreement that facilitates faculty members' ability to provide quality, affordable higher education. Faculty and coach members have been working under expired contracts since June 30, 2015.
Negotiations for both contracts are ongoing. In early April, APSCUF members grew frustrated with the state of these negotiations and discussed a strike-authorization vote. In the end, it was concern for students that impelled delegates to delay such a vote until summer or fall. No strike will take place in the spring 2016 semester.
Concerned about what a future strike could mean to you and your academic progress? Follow APSCUF on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to the APSCUF blog to keep up-to-date about negotiations progress. You also can tell State System officials to go to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract with your faculty by writing to Chancellor Frank Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United We Stand, Underfunded We Fail: What you can do now
About 500 people filled the Capitol rotunda Feb. 8, 2016, to advocate for fair funding for our 14 state-owned universities. The event was a roaring display of unity and activism featuring legislators and State System students, faculty members, and alumni. Students and professional media reported the Feb. 8 event, and we documented the activities, too.
But our work is not over, and there is much you can do:
• Contact your university's APSCUF office to find out how you can get involved on your campus.
• Apply for an APSCUF internship to learn more about what the organization does for students, faculty, and coaches — and to take an active role in our efforts.
Register to vote
State APSCUF scholarship
APSCUF offers a $3,000 scholarship to relatives of APSCUF or APSCURF members in good standing. Click here to download a PDF containing more information and the application. The 2016 deadline was March 4. If you are interested in the 2017 scholarship, email Nancy Koutris, director of membership services, at email@example.com.
Government/public relations internship
Each semester, we offer a paid internship in government and public relations for undergraduates attending a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. The APSCUF internship is a great opportunity for a student interested in government, politics, public affairs, journalism, or communications. APSCUF interns must be professional, self-motivated, and skilled communicators. Our recent interns have gone on to jobs in the legislature, lobbying, and the news media.
We are seeking a junior or senior majoring in political science, communications, journalism, or a related field to serve as a government relations/communications intern at the state APSCUF office building at 319 N. Front St. in Harrisburg. The student internship must be for academic credit under the supervision of a State System university faculty member. The successful applicant should have strong knowledge of government workings, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. APSCUF will pay $10 per hour, and interns are expected to work 35 hours each week, Monday through Friday. Please note:
• The summer 2016 internship begins May 30, 2016, and concludes Aug. 12, 2016. The application deadline was Feb. 19, 2016, and we have selected our summer 2016 intern.
• The fall 2016 internship begins Aug. 29, 2016, and concludes Dec. 9, 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately if you are interested in the fall internship.
• The spring 2017 internship begins Jan. 23, 2017, and concludes May 5, 2017. The application deadline for the spring 2017 internship is Nov. 7, 2016.
For more information, including duties and how to apply, click here to download the internship application. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Hillman, associate director of government relations, or Kathryn Morton, associate director of communications.