as sick of this crap as I am?
While they admit the school today is funded at the same per-pupil
rate as other colleges in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education, they say the school’s small size as well as years of prior
discrimination mean the school needs special treatment today in order to
compete on a level playing field.
“They say to us: We want to make you equal,” said retired math
professor E. Sonny Harris at a press conference announcing the suit.
“They can’t make us equal when you have discriminated against us for 30
years. You have to give us more money than you have given any other
Slight problem with the whining:
Should the lawsuit proceed, the state will likely defend itself by arguing that Cheyney’s problems are more due to its own financial mismanagement than to any malevolence by the state. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, one of the lawsuit’s defendants, has already hit back at the suit with its own fact sheet pointing out that Cheyney receives over $14,000 in state aid per student, more than any other PSSHE school and about three times the average.
Not only that, but the school has also received $97 million to construct new buildings on campus, fully $20 million more than the amount given to any other PSSHE school. Despite the state’s largesse, Cheyney has accumulated over $14 million of debt and the hole is deepening quickly.
And, which should make the faculty SO proud,
Unmentioned by PSHEE is another possible cause of Cheyney’s decline:
Weak academic performance. The school’s four-year graduation rate is
only 9 percent.
But it's the fault of someone else, always and forever, rather than take responsibility for their own screwups.