Following an investigation of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse
scandal, Penn State officials have now been warned that they risk
losing their accreditation.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has told the
school it needs to submit a report outlining steps to ensure
integrity in leadership and governance. Aside from the Sandusky
scandal, Nathan Benefield, director of policy analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy
Alternatives, says there have been other complaints about Penn
State's lack of accountability.
"Pennsylvania has an open records law,
but Penn State has been exempted from that, because they're not
fully controlled by state government," Benefield notes. "There's
been a big push to make Penn State more transparent and more
accountable by putting them under those same rules."
He asserts that any reforms must be real -- not just PR schemes
designed to mask the problems.
"So, we think Penn State, if they want to come out of this
stronger, needs to become more transparent, more open, more
accountable to taxpayers and to the state government to really show
that they have cleaned up their act," the policy analyst
An investigation from June found that school officials were
complicit in helping cover up Sandusky's criminal behavior. He was
convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
The Commonwealth Foundation is an organization that "crafts
free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits,
and counters attacks on liberty."