WVU President E. Gordon Gee submitted a detailed comment, criticizing several parts of the formula and the commission’s process for writing it. He begins by criticizing a so-called “hold harmless” provision, which would ensure that schools don’t lose money in the first three years of the formula. After that, any revenue losses would be phased in.
“As a result, a reduction in funding of the magnitude proposed by commission staff, particularly given the recent declines in appropriations, would be devastating,” Gee wrote. “And the message that this model sends to the university is that the state does not value the service and outcomes it provides.”
“Overall, the idea of a student focused funding formula has merit,” wrote Tracy Pellett, president of Glenville State College. “However, any funding model that creates dramatic reductions for any single college needs careful consideration and extensive analysis. GSC will be unequivocally financially damaged with a decrease in state appropriation by over 17 percent of its current state appropriation.”
Pellett said a potential nearly $1 million loss to its budget would be “catastrophic” and would make the school unaffordable to the students who need it most.