Monday, March 12, 2007

More on Market Forces: Mission be Damned

Are scholarships distributed at Penn State in order to make the University accessible to disadvantaged students? Not so much.

When a student asked about expanding scholarships at Commonwealth Campuses, Spanier said the scholarships were not necessary to attract new students at campuses like Penn State Berks because enrollment was already so high.

"At some of our campuses, we're basically full," he said

This, in part, is what it means to run a university like a corporation. Scholarships are offered as incentives to attract students, much like a rebate from Best Buy is given to attract customers, rather than as a tool which Penn State can use in pursuit of its historical mission to educate the children of Pennsylvania's working class.

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