Saturday, May 11, 2013

Any day now...


"[University President] Schiavelli said the university’s current projections show it will become fully financially sustainable within one more fiscal year, and that Harrisburg University is tracking close to enrollment projections..." Patriot News May 25, 2012.

"[Eric Darr, HU's current President] said he believed the university would be in a positive position financially in the next 12 to 18 months." Patriot-News, May 9, 2013


Friday, May 10, 2013

Shocking!

In a stunning move that surprised everyone no one, the HU Board of Trustees did a prolonged national search to find the right candidate has once again failed the school.  They appointed Eric Darr to be President of the University. Can you imagine trying to find a real college President to take over at HU? They might get one that is interested in (and qualified in) education instead of real estate development.

Check out this post I wrote last year regarding Darr's questionable qualifications.

I guess I should finish that complaint to HU's  accrediting body...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hi Gang! How ya' been?

Sorry, I didn't post since December. I've been laying low since I get tired writing about all the BS at HU.  I decided to take a break for the holidays and never came back to the blog. My bad, sorry.

Recently an article appeared on the Penn Live website:

"Dismiss ex-professor's lawsuit, Harrisburg University leaders ask federal judge"


So I guess that cat's out of the bag!

Thanks for all the support. I did get your emails and I'll look into those things soon. I do have some further info that needs some investigation, I'll post when I get back into the swing of things. Be well!

-Steve

"I've chosen to exercise my right to free speech. Institutions that accept government funding....need to be held accountable for how they spend our money. And students that invest $20K a year (much of it in government-backed loans or grants) have a right to know if their institution is acting in their best interest." -From my first post.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Harrisburg University fails to meet it's financial obligations again

I know, I know.... just SHOCKING, right? You would think with all the terrific leadershipinternational students, new apartments and art school students that HU would simply be rolling in $$$$$. /sarcasm

But alas no, HU keeps swirling the financial drain:

HU Bond Notice of Intent to Draw Under Guaranty dated 12/14/2012
HU Bond Notice of Intent to Draw Under Guaranty dated 12/14/2012

Yep, that means the good people of Dauphin County will get to cough up money (again) to a poorly run self-indulgent Steve Reed legacy project.

Friday, October 26, 2012

HU Leadership. Still stupid.

Once again HU's leadership is so out of touch with reality that they actually decided to do this:
"Hussian School of Art and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Offer 4 New Degree Programs in Philadelphia." (Read the press release)

Yep, HU has decided to partner with a 2 year, for-profit art school that lacks regional (the most stringent) accreditation. They are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges though. The nice folks at Hussian should run away before HU ruins their reputation. (No seriously, run Hussian,...run!)

Maybe HU could recruit some art students from China! Or maybe we can get the art students to paint some murals on the apartment buildings HU is remodeling with our tax dollars. That would be awesome. No need to worry about all that silly STEM education nonsense.

Guess who got big fat raises?

Harrisburg University's 990 financial forms are now available for 2010. Form 990 is an annual reporting return that certain federally tax-exempt organizations must file with the IRS. It provides information on the filing organization's mission, programs, and finances. You can find Harrisburg University's at Guidestar.

I'm not going to comment too much, you guys can look at the reports yourself. You'll see that all of administrators got raises, some as much as $25,000 over the previous year. Keep in mind that this data is almost 2 years old.

HU 2009 Form 990
HU 2010 Form 990
Well, at least we know why they keep raising tuition.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Harrisburg University fails to make bond payment. Again.


Source: HU Bond trustee report 8-24-12



Source: HU report to bondholders 8-24-12 


The Patriot-News Aug 8, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Attention HU Freshman

Some free advice:

-You should read this: How the Provost screws every single freshman.
-Take another class or two (if you can find any) so you aren't a freshman next year.
-If you found this blog, you probably already realize that the University is in deep financial trouble. If they go under, your degree will be worthless
- You should read this: Harrisburg University and financial exigency.
- You should read this: HU in danger of losing federal financial aid.
-You are getting seriously screwed on the cost of a university sponsored apartment. You can rent a really nice two bedroom apartment in the city for about $1K/month. (See The Apartment Guide.)
-You are getting screwed on parking fees. Leave your car at home if you can.
- Most of your credits from your freshman year won't transfer. So if like the majority of freshman before you, you decide to not come back for a second year, you will have $10K+ in debt and 3 college credits to your name.
- HU will most likely lose accreditation in the near future. HU violates virtually every standard of accreditation. I've personally prepared a comprehensive complaint detailing HU's failures to meet these standards and will file the complaint with The Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the near future. Without accreditation your degree would be worthless and you won't be able to get financial aid. 

Do you guys really need all of this BS? It's your freshman year at college. You shouldn't have to worry about all this nonsense.
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Harrisburg University Defaults on Bonds


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Harrisburg University fails to increase freshman enrollment.

According to the Central Penn Business Journal, HU has stated there is no growth in their freshman enrollment over last year. "HU announced Tuesday that it has commitments from 151 freshmen" said Heather Stauffer, a CPBJ reporter. In the Fall of 2011, HU had 148 commitments from freshman, with only 91 actually enrolling. (See my last post.)
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