Recap of Penn State Board of Trustees committee meetings from Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

From CDT staff reportsSeptember 19, 2013 

Read the Centre Daily Times’ coverage of the Penn State board of trustees committee meetings from Thursday:

In the finance committee, trustees heard a report that predicts some gloomy times ahead for the university’s athletic department, which will seek a $30 million loan and is projecting a decline in attendance in the years ahead.

Penn State is working on rolling out a culture survey available to more than 130,000 students and employees. The survey’s goal is to goal is to gauge what those groups think the university’s values are and what they think the values should be. This came from a joint meeting of the committees for audit and risk and legal and compliance.

University officials will ask the state for almost $300 million in next year’s budget, according to a report during the finance committee. That funding request has the university considering a 3.49 percent tuition increase for next year.

Penn State has implemented almost all of the 119 Freeh recommendations, and the university is now moving on to make the changes and reforms a part of its fabric. The joint committee for audit and risk and legal and compliance heard on Thursday how some of that is working.

As the reforms continue to be a topic, so is trustee conduct. A group of trustees sparred during the governance committee over whether they should be able to offer dissenting views in public meetings.

While the trustees meeting in their full board meeting Friday, a group plans to march in protest outside the building. The event, March for Truth, is being organized and has the support of the Paterno family, Franco Harris and others.

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