This is somewhat misleading. In fact I believe this year’s freshman class has the most in state students ever. The % is certainly lower than it used to be but the size of the school is around 10k more on campus students than in 2010. And the biggest raw increase is out of state STEM students more than international.State of Indiana’s general education appropriation for Purdue West Lafayette:
for 17,900 in-state students
= $16,700 per in-state student
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania general education appropriation for Penn State:
for 44,500 in-state students
= $5,400 per in-state student
In 2010, 50% of Purdue West Lafayette was in-state undergrad students. Today, that number is 38%. International student population has tripled.
So the major difference is the PA legislature’s abandonment of higher education. Beyond that, Mitch’s ‘fiscal discipline’ has mostly been a move to reduce access to in-state students while growing revenues from international and out-of-state students.