Auditor general to examine Pa.'s higher education system

Eugene DePasquale cites Kutztown University's money-saving effort

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will be looking into the "effectiveness of operations and polices" of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The auditor general's office announced Tuesday that it will conduct the first modern day comprehensive performance audit of PASSHE.

"College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," DePasquale said. "Our audit is going to look at everything from the process for setting annual tuition rates to the policies and procedures on how the state-owned universities handle sexual assaults on campus."

The performance audit will cover the period starting July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014, said DePasquale, adding that he anticipates the audit will be completed in 2015.

"Our audit of Kutztown University last year found the school's energy improvements saved more than $1.4 million over two years," DePasquale said. "I want to know if other state schools are using examples like that to find ways to cut costs that could help keep tuition down."

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education includes 14 state-owned universities, including Kutztown, East Stroudsburg, Millersville and West Chester.

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