Temple University budget cuts (lack of increases): another round of who moved my cheese? What about #TUJ ?

This article appeared a couple weeks back in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Corbett Administration in Harrisburg is not interested in giving Temple University any more state money than it has to. Last year, Temple was cut some $40 million or so (from $180 million to $140 million), and this year, the Governor wants to cut it back to something closer to $100 million.

This has led to a campus-wide discussion about what Temple could do to save money. They are looking under every lecture hall seat for whatever change they can find. Maybe do a few mergers of departments and cut back on toilet paper. Do we really need so much bling?

Well, anyway, what surprises me is that no one mentions about things like Temple Japan. Regular readers know that I have been on that one at least once a quarter since late 2009. I think the Tokyo campus costs about $2 million more than it takes in (maybe even more), but was never able to get a straight answer out of the Controller’s Office. I realize that if the Governor is talking about $30 million, or $40 million, and here there’s some spending going on in Tokyo that’s “just” $2 million, maybe it’s hard to overlook.

Not a lot of folks around the Pennsylvania Senate seem to know this, but Temple said that only about 33 undergraduates from Temple in Philly were going to the Japan Campus last fall. I don’t know what the Spring 2012 number is, (or do they do three terms—Fall, Winter, Spring)? What is the number–does anyone know?

If it’s $2,000,000 over budget in order to send 40 Temple students to study in Japan, why not hand them each a $50,000 scholarship and let them study where they want in Japan for a year?

Maybe this is the year that someone with a bit more heft in this banana republic of a state of ours starts asking Temple more questions about Temple Japan!! Stop wasting time with ultrasound bills, and start focusing on sound budgets!

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4 comments

  1. TUtuff · March 20, 2012

    False premise(s).
    -Less than 20% of Temple’s budget comes from the state. (Think the number was 17-18% in 2010-11. So if the number is 2 million, whats 2,000,000 x .18?
    -TUJ averages 75 study abroad undergraduates per semester and 411 graduate students. Thats over double the # of undergrads u give PER SEMESTER (though ill give u the benifit of the the doubt and assume u got an outlier data set) and seems to focus heavily on post grad.

    • hoofin · March 20, 2012

      It isn’t $360,000 (which is your $2 million times 18%). It’s the fact that $2 million is being spent outside of Pennsylvania, to educate Temple students in Japan. Most schools enter into an exchange relationship with a Japanese college—one that already owns the property they operate in.

      I am fairly certain that the number of undergrads for the Fall Semester was reported as 33. I highly doubt that 411 graduate students from main campus (or from a stateside Temple program) went to Japan to study. The number is probably, similarly, small–like 20 or 40.

      Temple (and Pennsylvania) would still be better off cutting checks for these students to do the semester abroad at a Japanese school. This is what so many other colleges do!

  2. TUtuff · March 20, 2012

    Did u go to Nova?
    Are you [A]ndrew Kennedy?
    Your quibbling over $360,000 from the state for an institution that plays an intrical role in Temple’s Law, Business and Education schools (and, as i have seen first hand, plays a huge role in the Political Science and Economic Departments).
    (Oh and to answer your question, yes, TUJ accepts students for 1 of 3 trimesters. I believe its summer, fall and spring)

    • hoofin · March 20, 2012

      I think you mean to say integral, not “intrical”.

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