As West Chester looks to secede, analysts point to drop in public higher ed funding

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In the mid-1990s, leaders of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities asked the Legislature to boost its dollar support for public higher education, only to be told they should rely less on taxpayers and more on themselves.

Grow campus fundraising and your foundations, those leaders were told. Don't be afraid to think outside the box.

Two decades later, one of those foundations has gone way outside the box, hiring a lobbying firm to promote legislation that would enable West Chester University and other state-owned universities to secede from the State System of Higher Education.

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