Sunday, November 6, 2011

CONNECT Campaign Falls $20,271,112 short.

 HUST states "Harrisburg University’s inaugural comprehensive fundraising campaign, CONNECT: The Campaign for Harrisburg University, set an ambitious goal of $40 million. As of May 12, 2011, the University has raised $44,728,888 million in The CONNECT Campaign. The $40 million fund-raising campaign was launched July 1, 2006 and it is scheduled to conclude by June 30, 2011." They make much the same claims in press releases.

When an institution seeks to become accredited, they must conduct a "self-study" to explain, in part, why and how they expect to become fiscally sound.  HUST wrote in their self-study "The University’s major gifts campaign entitled CONNECT is a comprehensive multi-year fundraising effort charged with securing a total of $65MM in cash and commitments prior to June 30, 2011. Publicly launched in November 2006 with an original goal of $40MM, the effort has successfully utilized a peer solicitation strategy (overseen by the Campaign Committee of the Board of Trustees), a broad media and marketing campaign, and aggressive gift requests that allowed the University to surpass the original goal after only two years. Total gifts and commitments to the CONNECT Campaign total $43.1MM as of December 31, 2008." -Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Report of Self-Study 2008-09.

Between 2008 and June 30, 2011, HUST managed to raise a paltry $1.6MM, making the HUST campaign some $20MM short of  what they told the Middle States Commission on Higher Education they expected.

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