If PA Governor Corbett wants to cut Temple, why is Temple going after non-tenure track faculty instead of Temple Japan?

I caught this article and tidbit on MSNBC.com. The article discusses how states nationwide are making sharp cuts to the budgets they provide for public universities, and regular readers know the Pennsylvania wants to slice Temple by either $82 million or $92 million, which is a substantial cut from the $170-or-so million that Temple has received from Pennsylvania taxpayers in recent years.

Pennsylvania is on similarly shaky ground. Temple University notified 20 to 30 non-tenure-track professors that their jobs are at stake as Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his latest budget, which had no new taxes, but plenty of cuts. He is hoping to slash $625 million, or 52 percent of state funds, for the 18 colleges that receive state money, including Temple and Lincoln universities.

Graham Spanier, president of Pennsylvania State University, was shocked by the magnitude of the proposed cuts, saying that if they happened, the school might have to close some of its smaller campuses. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The proposal would be the single largest percentage state cut in the history of American public education.”

[Emphasis added.]

As I’ve remarked–and I still haven’t heard one peep from the Controller’s Office of Temple–I think Temple Japan runs a deficit when you factor in the rent it pays to the Azabu Juban (and other) landlords. Temple nets this on the balance sheet, rather than itemizes it as a cost of doing the educational thing in Tokyo.

What Temple seems to be saying is that they’d knock out 20 instructors stateside, at a savings of, what, $1,000,000 total , in order to keep a money-losing enterprise going in Tokyo, Japan? For what? To keep 20 or 30 non-Americans, non-Pennsylvanians employed in Tokyo??

Seriously.

Again, regular readers, the day I hear back from the Controller at Temple, I’ll let you know. So far, and it’s close to 18 months now–with a courtesy e-mail as recently as March 10–there’s been nothing.

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