Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Perhaps the LHV Move is All About a Bursting Housing Bubble

It struck me in the middle of a discussion I was having earlier with the guys at Onward State, that the all the happy talk about demographic growth requiring Penn State Lehigh Valley to move to larger digs may be intended to hide the first sign that the financial crisis has taken a toll on the University. It could very well be that Old Main has decided to merge the Lehigh Valley Campus with the Berks campus at the new location as a cost saving measure, but does not want to make it public until the deal on the new campus approved by the Board of Trustees.

Update 03/11/09 ~3pm: Back to square one. I checked the enrollment numbers at Berks. There are 2800 students enrolled this year which is up from 2471 in 2002-2003. It's unlikely that Berks and LHV will be merged a the new location since that location doesn't have the capacity for both student bodies even if Berks dropped back to its earlier enrollment number due to the financial crisis.

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