HARRISBURG (January 6, 2020)Watch the Pennsylvania Higher Education Funding Commission (HEFC) LIVE now: www.senatordinniman.com/live. 

The hearing, which is open to the public, will be divided into two parts:

  • A morning session (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) focusing on the skills needed for jobs today and in the future. The commission will hear testimony from Martin Van Der Werf, Associate Director of Editorial and Postsecondary Policy at the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Joan Wodiska, CEO of Pioneer Management Consulting and a former senior official at both the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Association.


  • An afternoon session (from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) examining the future structure and delivery of higher education. The commission will hear testimony from Brian Fleming of the Innovation Center at Southern New Hampshire University and Laura W. Perna, GSE Centennial Presidential Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania.

The hearing will take place in the main lecture hall, Room 101, of the West Chester University Business and Public Management Center located at 50 Sharpless Street in West Chester.

The 19-member HEFC, established under Act 70 of 2019, is tasked with developing a higher education funding formula and identifying factors that may be used to determine the distribution of funding among the public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania.

It officially convened in August and is co-chaired by state Senator Pat Browne, state Representative Stan Saylor and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

“I want to thank the leadership of the commission, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, all of the presenters, and West Chester University for their work in organizing this hearing,” state Senator Andy Dinniman, who serves on the commission and is coordinating the hearing, said. “It is a great opportunity to address some of the important questions and challenges facing higher education and how we can effectively and efficiently prepare the next generation to be competitive in a rapidly changing economy.”

The HEFC is currently conducting hearings to review and develop recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability, and effectiveness of administration and operations. A report of its findings will be issued by July.