Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

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Harrisburg University of Science & Technology is a four-year private university in Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg. The school was founded in 2001, opened its doors in 2005, and first accredited in 2009. It is a small institution with about 400 students and a 1 acre campus with only one academic building. Although regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, it is currently on probation for "failing to meet the commission's standards on institutional resources and assessment of student learning."[1][2]

Academics[edit]

Harrisburg University has 6 undergraduate and 4 graduate programs in science and technology related disciplines. There are multiple concentrations in each major. Faculty members do not hold tenure.[3] The university follows a trimester system.

Location and campus[edit]

Harrisburg University uses the slogan "The city is your campus." [4] The university's academic center along with housing are all located in urban downtown Harrisburg. The university is within walking distance of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which provides auditorium space and numerous cultural events for students. The university campus size is very small, approximately 1 acre. Due to the campus size and location, the school does not have a cafe. Students often eat at Strawberry Square, a foodcourt and shopping area located close by the school.

Harrisburg University Academic Center[edit]

The University's facilities include a 16-story $73-million building[5] at the corner of Fourth and Market streets in downtown Harrisburg. Unlike most colleges, this is the only academic building at Harrisburg University. The Academic Center has room for 1,600 students spread out in 24 classrooms, six scientific teaching labs, a library, Reading Room, Student Services Center, 125-seat auditorium, six student meeting areas, a multi-media production facility and a courtyard.[5] Since this building is 16-stories high and the University has less than 400 full-time students, certain floors of the building are used by the city of Harrisburg. Half of the building is used as a parking garage and as office space. Prior to this academic building, the school was located in Harrisburg University high school. It since then moved to its present day location in 2009.

Housing[edit]

Students can maintain an apartment in the city or commute from home. The university offers several options for housing, including the Residences on Market, Market View Place, the Harrisburg International House and the Pennsylvania Place. The housing options for housing in Harrisburg are all independently owned and operated. This means that it is the student's responsibility to maintain the housing. The housing contract is between the student and the management or landlord of the apartment. The university does not own any housing facilities, so some of the apartment buildings are rented out to harrisburg residents or tourists. The University anticipates that approximately one hundred (184) of its enrolled students will reside across the street from the University’s Academic Center at the newly renovated Residences on Market and Market View Place buildings located on Market Street, Harrisburg, PA. Harrisburg University also teams with a private firm to provide outsourced student housing at various apartments around the downtown area.[6] Harrisburg opened its first housing complex in 2012 and before that year it was primarily a commuter college.

Student life[edit]

Harrisburg University does not offer any sports. There is no gym or facility to house a team. Instead, the university partners with many local civic organizations for student clubs and activities, such as the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP). HU students receive free membership in the organization,[7] which involves students in various community programs. HYP members mentor students and participate in regular community events. In 2009, the Harrisburg University Bulletin (HUB) was founded. It serves as an independent student-run newspaper and a platform for student opinion and literature.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011, Harrisburg University serves less than 400 undergraduate students. Its student population is 47% white, 40% Black, 7% Asian, and 5% Hispanic. 47% of the student body is male and 53% is female.[8]

Endowment and the future of the university[edit]

Harrisburg University is a model of public–private partnership and has received external support from the corporate sector, private individuals, and state and federal government. Fortune 500 companies and other leading companies such as The Hershey Company, Select Medical Corporation, PPL, Gannett Fleming, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Tyco Electronics and Penn National Insurance have all supported the University since 2001.[9]

In June 2011, the University completed its initial comprehensive fundraising campaign (which was launched in 2006) called CONNECT: The Campaign for Harrisburg University. It had raised over $44-million, surpassing the overall goal of $40-million.[10] The fundraising campaign enjoyed widespread support from across the region. metropolitan area. More than 600 individuals and organizations have made supporting Harrisburg University one of their top philanthropic investments.[citation needed] Although Harrisburg University had received a lot of support in the past, it suffers from serious financial issues today. The financial crisis of the university is well-documented.[11] The City of Harrisburg has been held responsible for paying the sum of the university's bills that resulted from the construction of the university's $73 million building/garage. In 2012, the university had a retention rate of 39% and a graduation rate of 5%. In addition, the university has seen large declines in its annual revenue. In July 2014, the university had been placed on probation by its accrediting agency.[12] If the university loses its accreditation, students will not be granted federal financial aid.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New England, Mid-Atlantic Accreditors Place Colleges on Probation". Inside Higher Ed. July 9, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ https://www.msche.org/documents/sas/573/Statement%20of%20Accreditation%20Status.htm
  3. ^ Sparks, Evan (Spring 2012). "New U.". Philanthropy. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Harrisburg University, Campus". Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ a b Harrisburg University's Academic Center Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  6. ^ Ryan, Jim (16 April 2010). "Harrisburg University, HBG Realty partner for student housing". Central Penn Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Harrisburg University Student Life". Harrisburg University. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  8. ^ Facts about Harrisburg University Harrisburg University. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  9. ^ The Harrisburg University Story Harrisburg University. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  10. ^ CONNECT: The Campaign for Harrisburg University Harrisburg University. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  11. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/10/harrisburg_university_financia.html
  12. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/07/harrisburg_university_placed_o.html
  13. ^ https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools/consider

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