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 Memo from Chancellor Karen Whitney​ ​​​​​​ 



Our 14 universities offer innovative program​s and opportunities that prepare students for successful lives and careers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  


A continued investment in the universities comprising the State System of Higher Education is an investment in the success of every Pennsylvanian.

Serving more than 100,000 degree-seeking students, your State System is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Talented faculty at each of our 14 universities deliver an affordable, high-value, high-quality educational experiences to their students.

Your public universities provide a remarkable return on investment. The economic value of a college education is continuously shown to have a tremendous impact on career earnings.

But the benefits extend well beyond our students: Every $1 the Commonwealth invests in your State System generates $11 in local and state economic impact. Nearly 90 percent of our students are Pennsylvanians, and the vast majority remain in the Commonwealth, where they continue to purchase, invest, and pay taxes. An investment in our public universities is clearly an investment in our shared future.